6523.0 - Household Income and Wealth, Australia, 2015-16 Quality Declaration 
ARCHIVED ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 13/09/2017   
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The 2015–16 cycle of the Survey of Income and Housing (SIH) collected information about income, wealth and housing from residents in private dwellings in Australia (excluding very remote areas). Every six years, the Survey of Income and Housing (SIH) and Household Expenditure Survey (HES) are run together, and 2015-16 is the latest cycle of the joint surveys. The SIH component is a two yearly survey that has been conducted on a regular basis since 1994-95.

The SIH provides estimates of the distribution of income and wealth across the population, and detailed information about housing and tenure. Various other characteristics of households and residents (e.g. employment, industry and occupation, family makeup, disability status, education and childcare use) give these key indicators a rich context to help understand the living standards and economic well-being of Australians.

To demonstrate one of the many ways in which the information collected in the SIH can be used, this publication includes a case study on solar energy in the household sector, including comparisons with the Household Energy Consumption Survey in 2012.

This publication includes Excel data cubes available from the ‘Downloads’ tab, with key indicators for various subpopulations and by a range of household and person characteristics, and by state and territory.


The SIH was conducted annually from 1994–95 to 1997–98, and then in 1999–2000, 2000–01 and 2002–03. Commencing in 2003–04 the SIH has been conducted every two years, and has been integrated with the Household Expenditure Survey (HES) every six years. In 2003–04 and 2009–10 the SIH was integrated with the HES, as it has been again in 2015–16. In 2005–06, 2007–08, 2011–12, and 2013–14, the SIH was run as a stand-alone survey.

The 2015–16 SIH collected information from a sample of approximately 17,800 households over the period July 2015 to June 2016.