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Income unit

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Metadata item type:Help on this termObject Class
Synonymous names:Help on this termIncome unit
METeOR identifier:Help on this term268986
Registration status:Help on this termHousing assistance, Superseded 30/08/2017
Community Services (retired), Standard 31/08/2007
Definition:Help on this termOne person or a group of related persons within a household, whose command over income is shared, or any person living in a non private dwelling who is in receipt of personal income.
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Income units are restricted to relationships of marriage (registered or de facto) and of parent/dependant who usually reside in the same household. This means that an income unit can be defined as:

  • a married couple or sole parent, and dependent children only
  • a married couple only with no dependent children present
  • a person who is not related to any other household member either by marriage or by the parent/dependant relationship.

This is the standard statistical unit for analyses of economic wellbeing, and can be an important measure in assessing the needs and circumstances of individuals and families.

Specialisation of:Help on this termPerson/group of persons

Source and reference attributes

Submitting organisation:Help on this termNational Housing Data Development Committee

Relational attributes

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See also Centrelink income unit Housing assistance, Standard 11/04/2005

Has been superseded by Income unit Housing assistance, Standard 30/08/2017

Supersedes Income unit, version 1, DEC, NHADD, NHDAMG, Superseded 01/03/2005.pdf (13.9 KB)

Supersedes Income unit, version 2, DEC, NCSDD, NCSIMG, Superseded 01/03/2005.pdf (14.0 KB)

Data Element Concepts implementing this Object Class:Help on this term

Income unit—Commonwealth government payment type Housing assistance, Retired 10/02/2006

Income unit—income unit identifier Housing assistance, Superseded 10/02/2006

Income unit—income unit identifier Housing assistance, Superseded 30/08/2017

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