Total household income (administrative data) (weekly) (HINAD)
This variable is the sum of Total personal income (administrative data) (weekly) (INCAP) of each resident aged 15 years or older who was present in the household on Census Night. This excludes households where one or more resident did not have income information available in administrative data or was absent from the dwelling on Census Night. These households are coded to the 'Partial incomes available' and total household incomes are not calculated.
This variable wasn’t derived from data collected on the Census form but has been created by linking administrative data from the Multi-Agency Data Integration Project (MADIP) data asset to the Census.
Occupied private dwellings
|23||$10,000 or more ($520,000 or more)|
|88||Partial incomes available|
|99||Admin not available|
|0004 - 1002||$10-$19 to $9,990-$9,999 in ten-dollar ranges|
|1003||$10,000 or more|
|8888||Partial incomes available|
|9999||Admin not available|
Number of categories:
- Two-digit level: 26
- Four-digit level: 1006
Admin not available (99, 9999) category comprises:
- Households where no persons were able to be linked to MADIP, and therefore the household did not have any administrative income information available
Not applicable (@@, @@@@) category comprises:
- Non-private dwellings
- Unoccupied private dwellings
- Migratory, off-shore and shipping SA1s
- Other non-classifiable households
How this variable is created
This variable wasn’t derived from data collected on the Census form but has been created by linking administrative data from the Multi-Agency Data Integration Project (MADIP) data asset to the Census. The MADIP data asset contains administrative income data from the Australian Taxation Office and the Department of Social Services, this is the source data for this variable.
This variable is calculated by summing the personal incomes recorded in administrative data of all household members aged 15 years and over.
Households where all or at least one member aged 15 and over was not able to be linked to MADIP, and therefore did not have income information available in administrative data are set to:
- ‘Admin not available’ and
- ‘Partial incomes available’ respectively.
Households where at least one member aged 15 and over was away from the dwelling on Census Night are also set to ‘Partial incomes available’.
In most cases, the income of visitors to a household are excluded from this variable. The exception to this is households that comprise only visitors.
History and changes
This is a new variable for 2021.
Data use considerations
This variable provides an alternative, more detailed view on income to the Census income data collected via the Census form. It is based on income information recorded in linked administrative data, and not data collected from a Census question.
Comparison to Census income data
Although this variable provides an alternative, more detailed view on income to income data collected via the Census form, there are differences to consider.
Method to calculate household income
The personal incomes used to create this variable were recorded to the nearest dollar. The Census question, on the other hand, collects personal income in ranges, then a median-based approximation is used to calculate household income.
Unlike data collected via the Census form, this variable does not rely on people correctly recalling the income that they, and other household members, usually earn.
Comparison to other ABS Surveys
Although other ABS surveys, such as the Survey of Income and Housing and Personal Income in Australia, collect similar data relating to household income, they are not directly comparable. This is due to differences in scope, collection methodology, collection period, and conceptual differences. It is likely that data from each of these collections will deliver different outcomes making it important for data users to understand the key conceptual differences between each collection to use it most appropriately.
Related variables and glossary terms
- Total household income (weekly) (HIND)
- Total personal income (administrative data) (weekly) (INCAP)
- Total household income as available (administrative data) (weekly) (HIAASD)
- Main source of household income (administrative data) (HSAD)
- Main type of household government benefit payment (administrative data) (HGAD)
- Total family income (administrative data) (weekly) (FINAF)
- Administrative data
- Government benefits, pensions and allowances