Total household income (weekly) (HIND)

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Census of Population and Housing: Census dictionary
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This variable is the sum of Total personal income (weekly) (INCP) of each resident aged 15 years or older who was present in the household on Census Night. 


Occupied private dwellings


Annual income ranges are displayed within brackets.

01Negative income
02Nil 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)
23Partial income stated
&&All incomes not stated
@@Not applicable

Number of categories:  25

Not applicable (@@) category comprises:

  • Non-private dwellings
  • Unoccupied private dwellings
  • Migratory, off-shore and shipping SA1s
  • Other non-classifiable households

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

How this variable is created

This variable is calculated by summing the personal incomes reported by all household members aged 15 years and over. The Census collects personal income in ranges, so before these can be summed, a specific dollar amount needs to be allocated to each person. Median incomes for each range, derived using data from the Survey of Income and Housing, are used for this purpose. For more information about this survey see the Survey of Income and Housing, User Guide.

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

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

In most cases, the income of visitors to a household are excluded from Total household income as stated. The exception to this is households that comprise only visitors.

History and changes

A variable relating to household income was first used in the 1976 Census.

No changes have been made to the household income categories for 2021.

Data use considerations

If there is a need to recalculate this variable under different circumstances, the derived variable Household income derivation indicator (HIDD) can be used in conjunction with Total personal income (weekly) (INCP) to create a new household income variable.

Total household income is calculated for visitor only households to collect data on household income in tourist areas.

Increases to counts in the higher household income ranges can be partly attributed to the addition of a higher income range to the Personal income question. For more details, see Total personal income (weekly) (INCP).

This variable does not have a non-response rate as it is created during Census processing by using responses from one or more questions on the Census form. 

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