Household—Source of cash income (principal)

Metadata item type:Data Element Concept
METeOR identifier:386919
Registration status:Housing assistance, Candidate 01/10/2012
Definition:The source from which a household derives the greatest proportion of its income.

Object Class attributes

Identifying and definitional attributes

Object class:Household

A group of two or more related or unrelated people who usually reside in the same dwelling, and who make common provision for food or other essentials for living; or a single person living in a dwelling who makes provision for his or her own food and other essentials for living, without combining with any other person.


Together with family, household is considered one of the basic groups of social aggregation. Information on household numbers and composition aids in identifying groups within the population such as Indigenous households or the number of people living alone.

Specialisation of:Person/group of persons

Collection and usage attributes

Guide for use:

For housing data collections, the number of tenancy agreements is a practical proxy for calculating the number of households receiving housing assistance.

The persons in the group may pool their incomes and have a common budget to a greater or lesser extent: they may be related or unrelated persons, or a combination of both.

Only usual residents of the household are included as members of the household. Visitors to a household are, by definition, excluded from the household.

Source and reference attributes


CSHA Public rental housing data manual 2001-02


Property attributes

Identifying and definitional attributes

Property:Source of cash of income
Definition:The source from which cash income is derived.
Property group:Financial characteristics

Collection and usage attributes

Comments:This property relates to a cash income, as opposed to all income that includes income in kind (e.g. barter for goods or services etc).

Source and reference attributes

Submitting organisation:Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

Data element concept attributes

Relational attributes

Related metadata references:

See also Person—income source (cash) Community Services (retired), Superseded 29/04/2006