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Total family income (weekly) (FINF)

Census of Population and Housing: Census dictionary
Reference period
2021

Definition

This variable records the total family income by summing the Total personal income (weekly) (INCP) of each family member aged 15 years and over present in the household on Census night. This excludes families where one or more family members aged 15 years and over did not state their income or was absent from the dwelling on Census night. These families are coded to the 'Partial income stated' and total family incomes are not calculated.

Scope

Families in family households

Categories

Annual income ranges are displayed within brackets.

CodeCategory

01

Negative income

02

Nil income

03

$1-$149 ($1-7,799)

04

$150-$299 ($7,800-$15,599)

05

$300-$399 ($15,600-$20,799)

06

$400-$499 ($20,800-$25,999)

07

$500-$649 ($26,000-$33,799)

08

$650-$799 ($33,800-$41,599)

09

$800-$999 ($41,600-$51,999)

10

$1,000-$1,249 ($52,000-$64,999)

11

$1,250-$1,499 ($65,000-$77,999)

12

$1,500-$1,749 ($78,000-$90,999)

13

$1,750-$1,999 ($91,000-$103,999)

14

$2,000-$2,499 ($104,000-$129,999)

15

$2,500-$2,999 ($130,000-$155,999)

16

$3,000-$3,499 ($156,000-$181,999)

17

$3,500-$3,999 ($182,000-$207,999)

18

$4,000-$4,499 ($208,000-$233,999)

19

$4,500-$4,999 ($234,000-$259,999)

20

$5,000-$5,999 ($260,000-$311,999)

21

$6,000-$7,999 ($312,000-$415,999)

22

$8,000 or more ($416,000 or more)

23

Partial income stated

&&

All incomes not stated

@@

Not applicable

Number of categories:  25

Not applicable (@@) category comprises:

  • Non-family/Non-classifiable households
  • Unoccupied private dwellings
  • Non-private dwellings
  • Migratory, off-shore and shipping SA1s

Question(s) from the Census form

What is the person’s relationship to Person1/Person 2?

    What is the person’s relationship to Person1/Person 2?
    What is Person 2's relationship to Person 1?

    Examples of other relationships: Son-in-law, Grand-daughter, Uncle, Boarder.

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    Person's relationship to others in the household

    Husband or wife of Person 1

    De facto partner of Person 1

    Child of Person 1

    Stepchild of Person 1

    Brother or sister of Person 1

    Unrelated flatmate or co-tenant of Person 1

    Other relationship to Person 1 (please specify)

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      What is Person 2's relationship to Person 1?

      Examples of other relationships: Son-in-law, Grand-daughter, Uncle, Boarder.

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      If more than one response applies, select only the option that shows the relationship that most closely applies.

      What is the total of all income the person usually receives?

        What is the total of all income the person usually receives?
        What is the total of all income Person 1 usually receives?

        Do not deduct: tax, superannuation contributions, amounts salary sacrificed, or any other automatic deductions.

        Include:
        • Wages and salaries
        - Regular overtime
        - Commissions and bonuses

        • Government pensions, benefits and allowances

        • Profit or loss from:
        - Unincorporated business/farm (e.g. sole traders, partnerships)
        - Rental properties

        • Other income from:
        - Superannuation
        - Child support
        - Dividends from shares
        - Interest
        - Workers’ compensation
        - Any other income sources

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        Person's usual total income

        $3,500 or more per week
        ($182,000 or more per year)

        $3,000 - $3,499 per week
        ($156,000 - $181,999 per year)

        $2,000 - $2,999 per week
        ($104,000 - $155,999 per year)

        $1,750 - $1,999 per week
        ($91,000 - $103,999 per year)

        $1,500 - $1,749 per week
        ($78,000 - $90,999 per year)

        $1,250 - $1,499 per week
        ($65,000 - $77,999 per year)

        $1,000 - $1,249 per week
        ($52,000 - $64,999 per year)

        $800 - $999 per week
        ($41,600 - $51,999 per year)

        $650 - $799 per week
        ($33,800 - $41,599 per year)

        $500 - $649 per week
        ($26,000 - $33,799 per year)

        $400 - $499 per week
        ($20,800 - $25,999 per year)

        $300 - $399 per week
        ($15,600 - $20,799 per year)

        $150 - $299 per week
        ($7,800 - $15,599 per year)

        $1 - $149 per week
        ($1 - $7,799 per year)

        $0 or nil income

        Negative income

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          What is the total of all income Person 1 usually receives?

          Do not deduct: tax, superannuation contributions, amounts salary sacrificed, or any other automatic deductions.

          Include:
          • Wages and salaries
          ­ - Regular overtime
          ­ - Commissions and bonuses

          • Government pensions, benefits and allowances

          • Profit or loss from:
          ­ - Unincorporated business/farm (e.g. sole traders, partnerships)
          ­ - Rental properties

          • Other income from:
          ­ - Superannuation
          ­ - Child support
          ­ - Dividends from shares
          ­ - Interest
          ­ - Workers’ compensation
          ­ - Any other income sources
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          Information from this question provides an indication of living standards in different areas.

          Count total income from all sources, not just a regular wage or salary. Total income is the person's personal income before any tax, superannuation contributions, amounts salary sacrificed or other automatic payments are deducted.

          If the person is currently affected by COVID lockdown restrictions, report the total income they usually received before the lockdown began.

          Government pensions, benefits and allowances

          Include:
          • Age Pension
          • Family Tax Benefit
          • Parenting Payment
          • Disability Support Pension
          • JobSeeker Payment
          • Youth and student allowances
          • Carer Allowance
          • Any other government pension, benefit or allowance

          Note: remember to include the total value of any pensions, benefits and other government allowances that the person is currently receiving.

          Business owners and self-employed people
          Business owners and self-employed people should include the total profit or loss from the operations of their business, or their share of the business in a partnership.
          The profit or loss of a business is calculated as its gross receipts less its operation expenses (such as rent, materials and fuel costs).
          If the person has other sources of income, such as wages or government allowances, these should be added to their business income to calculate their total income from all sources.

          Other income
          For interest and dividends, calculate the amount the person expects to receive in a full year and add this to their total yearly income from other sources; divide by 26 to work out a fortnightly amount; or, divide by 52 to work out a weekly amount.
          For other regular income, such as superannuation or child support, include the amount the person currently receives for one week or fortnight, or calculate the amount they expect to receive in a full year and add this to their total yearly income from other sources.
          Include Private Pensions and Workers Compensation under Other income.

          Negative income
          Negative income occurs when the operating expenses are higher than the gross receipts (or revenue) of a self-employed person, business or a rental property. A person has negative income if these losses are greater than any income, benefits or allowances received from other sources.

          For each person away, complete the following questions:

            Name of each person who usually lives in this dwelling, but was away on Tuesday 10 August 2021.
            List the people who were away on the night of Tuesday 10 August 2021 but usually live in this dwelling.

            Remember that people listed here will need to complete a Census form for where they were in Australia on Census night.

            People away

            List Person Away 1 - Any person who usually lives in this dwelling, but was away.

            Add another person away

              Example

              Total family income as stated (weekly) example - List the people who will be away on the night of Tuesday 10 August 2021 but usually live in this dwelling.

              Example

              List the people who were away on the night of Tuesday 10 August 2021 but usually live in this dwelling.

              Remember that people listed here will need to complete a Census form for where they were in Australia on Census night.

              People away

              Person 4 Surname - Any person who usually lives in this dwelling, but was away.

              Add another person away
                Is the person:(male; female; non-binary sex)
                Is Person 4:

                If these options do not describe the person, they can Select something other than male or female.

                Person's sex

                Male

                Female
                  What is the person’s date of birth and age?
                  What is Person 4's date of birth?

                  If date of birth is not known, please give age.

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                  Date of birth

                  Day Month Year

                  OR

                  Age

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                    What is Person 4's date of birth?

                    If date of birth is not known, please give age.

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                    It is important to note:
                    • Date of birth is the date that the person was born.
                    • Age is required only if the person's date of birth is not known. Please report age at Census night – Tuesday 10 August 2021.

                    If the person is less than one year old and their date of birth is not known, enter '0' in the age box.
                      Is the person of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander origin?
                      Is Person 4 of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander origin?

                      For people of both Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander origin, select both 'Yes' boxes.

                      Person's Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander origin

                      No

                      Yes, Aboriginal

                      Yes, Torres Strait Islander
                        Is the person a full-time student?
                        Is Person 4 a full-time student?

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                        Whether person is a full-time student

                        No

                        Yes

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                          Is Person 4 a full-time student?

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                          Select 'Yes' if the institution considers the person to be a full-time student. Select 'No' if the institution considers the person to be a part-time student.

                          For a person who attends only hobby or recreational courses, select 'No'.

                          For a child who attends a preschool or preschool program (including early childhood education and centre based day care providers):
                          • Select 'Yes' if they attend at least 15 hours a week on average.
                          • Select 'No' if they attend less than 15 hours a week on average.
                            What is the person’s relationship to Person 1/Person 2?
                            What is Person 4's relationship to Person 1/Person 2?

                            Examples of other relationships: Son-in-law, Grand-daughter, Uncle, Boarder.

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                            Person's relationship to others in the household

                            Husband or wife of Person 1

                            De facto partner of Person 1

                            Child of both Person 1 and Person 2

                            Child of Person 1 only

                            Child of Person 2 only

                            Unrelated flatmate or co-tenant of Person 1

                            Other relationship to Person 1 (please specify)

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                              Additional information relating to the question on: What is the person’s relationship to Person 1/Person 2?

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                              What is Person 4's relationship to Person 1/Person 2?

                              Examples of other relationships: Son-in-law, Grand-daughter, Uncle, Boarder.

                              More information

                              If more than one response applies, select the option that shows the relationship that most closely applies.

                              How this variable is created

                              Data for this variable is collected from the Relationship in household and Income questions on the Census form and the questions asked of people who were away from the household on Census night.
                              Total family income (weekly) is calculated by summing the personal incomes reported by all family members aged 15 years and over. As personal income is collected in ranges, median values are assigned to each range using data from the Survey of Income and Housing.

                              Families where all or at least one family member aged 15 and over did not state an income are set to either:

                              • 'All incomes not stated'
                              • 'Partial income stated'

                              Families where at least one member aged 15 and over was absent from the dwelling on Census night are also set to 'Partial incomes stated'. 

                              History and changes

                              This variable was first introduced in 1976 as Family Income (Annual) (FINP). The name and mnemonics used, and methods used to calculate family income have changed several times over the years. For the 2016 Census, categories for family income in dollar ranges were revised.

                              No changes have been made for 2021.

                              Data use considerations

                              If there is a need to recalculate this variable under different circumstances users can use the derived variable Family income derivation indicator (FIDF) in conjunction with Total personal income (weekly) (INCP) to create a new family income variable.

                              Total family income (weekly) should be used carefully when comparing to other family data from within the ABS and for external organisations or agencies. The definition of a family can differ between different statistical collections and may not match Census definitions.

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