Assessing the Quality and Inter-temporal Comparability of ABS Household Income Distribution Survey Data

Peter Siminski, Peter Saunders, Saba Waseem & Bruce Bradbury
The Australian Bureau of Statistics has conducted numerous surveys that are used to analyse poverty and the distribution of income amongst Australian households. Confidentialised unit record data for those surveys held since 1975 are available for the use and scrutiny of researchers. Recently, concerns have arisen over the reliability of these data to represent the circumstances of the population, and especially changes therein over time. This paper examines the quality and inter-temporal comparability of these...
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