INTRODUCTION – Extract
- Presents a summary of the findings from the 2015-16 Household Expenditure Survey (HES). The HES collects detailed information about household expenditure and is collected jointly with the Survey of Income and Housing (SIH), which collects data about household income, assets, liabilities and other household characteristics, such as tenure type
- Presents a broad overview of the 2015-16 HES, highlighting differing household expenditure patterns and levels revealed, in the context of various other characteristics (e.g. income levels and sources, geographic location and family composition of the household).
- The Household Expenditure Survey and Survey of Income and Housing User Guide, Australia, 2015-16 (cat. no. 6503.0) (the “User Guide”) is expected to be released in October 2017. This publication will assist users in evaluating and interpreting results from the 2015-16 HES and SIH.
- Previous Household Expenditure Surveys were conducted by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) in 1974-75, 1975-76, 1984, 1988-89, 1993-94, 1998-99, 2003-04 and 2009-10, however, current results are only comparable back to 1984. The 2015-16 HES collected information from a sample of 10,046 households over the period July 2015 to June 2016. The HES is currently conducted every six years.
- 2015-16 HES included an additional sample of metropolitan households whose main source of income was a government pension, benefit and/or allowance, as did the last HES in 2009-10. These pensioner households are included in the final SIH and HES samples. This additional sample supports the production of the Pensioner and Beneficiary Living Cost Index (PBLCI) (see cat. no. 6466.0).
- Household Income and Wealth
- Household Income and Wealth Levels
- Household Income and Wealth Distribution
- Characteristics of Low, Middle and High Income Households
- Changes in Income Over Time
- Characteristics of Low, Middle and High Wealth Households
- Changes in Wealth Over Time
- Case Study – Slow Growth in Solar Power in Australian Homes
- About this Release
- Income Wealth and Expenditure Over Time (Feature Article)
- Household Debt and Over-indebtedness (Feature Article)
- Inequality stable since 2013-14 (Media Release)
- Property driving rise in over-indebted households (Media Release)
SOURCE: Australian Bureau of Statistics. “Household Income and Wealth, Australia, 2015-16.” ABS. No. 6523.0 [Released 13 September 2017]
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