6530.0 - Household Expenditure Survey, Australia: Summary of Results, 2003-04 (Reissue)  
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This appendix describes the range of data to be made available from the 2003-04 HES. More detailed information can also be obtained by telephoning the HES contact officer on Canberra (02) 6252 6174.


The publications to be produced from the 2003-04 HES are listed below. Publication tables can also be provided in spreadsheet format.

Summary of Results (cat no. 6530.0) contains summary tables of the 2003-04 HES results. Includes tables of expenditure on broad categories of goods and services by household income quintile group; principal source of income; state of residence; household composition; tenure type; and characteristics of the reference person.

Detailed Expenditure Items (cat no. 6535.0.55.001) contains tables of expenditure at the finest level of detail for goods and services (over 600 categories). Tables are cross classified by income quintile, state/territory and capital city.

2003-04 Household Expenditure Survey and Survey of Income and Housing, Australia: User Guide (cat.no.6503.0) describes the 2003-04 Household Expenditure Survey (HES) definitions concepts, methodology and estimation procedures. It also contains the Household Expenditure Classification and a list of the HES output data items. Expected to be released in March 2006.

The Effects of Government Benefits and Taxes on Household Income (cat. no. 6537.0) describes the results of a study which uses HES data in conjunction with other data such as government finance statistics to calculate the effects of government benefits and taxes on household income. Provides estimates of government cash benefits received (e.g. age pension and unemployment benefits), personal taxes paid, indirect benefits received (from government spending on health, education and housing) and indirect taxes paid (e.g. petrol and alcohol taxes) for households, classified by selected characteristics. Expected to be released in June 2006.

While this publication provides some household net worth statistics, principally to aid income analysis, a more comprehensive range of household asset and liability information will be released in March 2006 in a new publication Household Wealth and Wealth Distribution, 2003-04 (cat. no. 6554.0).


A set of tables equivalent to the main tables in this publication are available in Excel format for each state and territory (subject to standard error and confidentiality constraints and excluding time series tables) and Australia. These tables will be available from the ABS web site <www.abs.gov.au> or from the ABS upon request.


It is expected that a confidentialised unit record file (CURF) from the 2003-04 HES will be released on CD-ROM in March 2006. It is also expected that a more detailed HES CURF will be available through the ABS Remote Access Data Laboratory. A full range of up-to-date information about the availability of ABS CURFs and about applying for access to CURFs is available via the ABS web site <www.abs.gov.au> (see Services We Provide, Confidentialised Unit Record Files (CURFs)). Inquiries to the ABS CURF Management Unit should email: curf.management@abs.gov.au, or telephone (02) 6252 5853.


As well as releasing publications and standard products, the ABS can make available special tabulations. Subject to confidentiality and standard error constraints, tabulations can be produced from the survey incorporating data items, populations and geographic areas selected to meet individual requirements. These can be provided in printed form, or in spreadsheets sent by email or on CD-ROM.

The published data are only a small portion of the data collected in the survey. It is also not the only way the HES data can be presented. A wide range of data items is available for specific data requests. The detailed list of possible data items is contained in a data item list which will be released as part of the 2003-04 Household Expenditure Survey and Survey of Income and Housing, Australia: User Guide (cat.no. 6503.0).

The main expected areas of interest are:

  • detailed expenditure items
  • general household characteristics
  • household income
  • household net worth
  • income and personal characteristics of household members
  • details of separate mortgages held by the household
  • data relating to personal loans
  • government benefits and income taxes
  • details of geographic areas.