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Study TitleHousing and location choice survey, Sydney and Melbourne, 1991
Primary InvestigatorNational Housing Strategy
ADA IDau.edu.anu.ada.ddi.00634
AbstractThe Housing and Location Choice Survey was conducted in response to an invitation from the National Housing Strategy to examine factors related to housing and location access and choice within the Sydney and Melbourne metropolitan areas and to complement a similar study being conducted in Adelaide. Its principal objectives were to: examine the relative importance of factors affecting household decisions about their dwelling including size of house and land, cost, location, and tenure; assess how these factors vary according to various demographic characteristics; explore the trade-offs for options of a range of household types; and identify constraints affecting housing choice. The questionnaire was made up of three parts: the household form; the household member information; and the main questionnaire. The household form recorded information on the number of persons in the household, their age, sex, marital status, country of birth, relationship to household head and school attendance. The household member information section extended this enquiry to cover information for household members aged 15 years and over on their educational and employment status, and how they travelled to work if they were in the paid workforce. The main questionnaire collected housing related information for a number of groups: home owners / buyers; renters; recent movers (within the last 5 years); and intending movers (for the following twelve months). This information encompassed topic areas such as: source of rental accommodation; dwelling type; dwelling sales price and purchase price; reasons for actual housing moves undertaken and intended moves; reasons for choosing the particular area and dwelling; lifestyle changes as a result of any housing moves; compromises made in dwelling choice; importance of home ownership; perceived advantages and disadvantages of home ownership; sources of financial assistance towards house purchase; details on home loans and mortgages; financial assistance to children for home purchase; additions and major repairs to the dwelling; emergency action taken to meet rental or mortgage payments; advantages and disadvantages of public and private rental; and other dwellings owned. A series of questions on the adequacy of the dwelling and its proximity to a range of local services and facilities was also asked. Detailed questions were also asked of all aged 15 or more in the household on annual income levels, and sources of income from a range of government pensions and benefits.
Production Date (documentation)1992-09-28
Bibliographic CitationStrategy, N. H. Housing and location choice survey, Sydney and Melbourne, 1991 [computer file]. Canberra: Australian Data Archive, The Australian National University, .
CopyrightCopyright © 2004, The Australian National University. All rights reserved.
ContactPeter Reece First Assistant Secretary Housing and Urban Development Division Department of Health, Housing and Community Services GPO Box 9848 Canberra ACT 2601
Contact AffiliationHousing and Urban Development Division, Department of Health, Housing and Community Services
Study Scope Content
Topic ClassificationsAustralian studies;Housing;Housing location
KeywordsHousing;Housing finance;Population movement;Tenancy;Urbanisation
Population (Universe)households in Sydney and Melbourne Statistical Divisions
Date of Collection
Start date - Data Collection: 1991-02-19 End date - Data Collection: 1991-02-19
Time Period
Time Period - Start: 1991-02-19 Time Period - End: 1991-02-19
Methodology Content
Sampling Procedurestratified random sample with cluster Geographic strata were defined for Sydney and Melbourne. Within each stratum a sample of Census Collectors Districts (CDs) was selected using a systematic sampling method with probabilities of selection proportional to the private dwelling counts of the CDs. Updated private dwelling counts, relating to September 1990, were obtained from the Australian Bureau of Statistics to use as a measure of size. A cluster size of 6 dwellings in growth CDs and 8 dwellings in non-growth CDs was used. Dwellings within each CD were selected using a random start point and a skip interval of 3 calculated to provide the appropriate cluster size of 6 or 8 dwellings.
Data Kindsurvey
Data Access Content
Access ConditionsThe depositor wishes to be informed (by the archive) of use being made of the data, in order to comment on that use and make contact with colleagues of similar interests.
Deposit Information Content
DepositorPeter Reece First Assistant Secretary Housing and Urban Development Division Department of Health, Housing and Community Services GPO Box 9848 Canberra ACT 2601
Deposit Date1992-09-28
Other Content
Mode of Data Collectionpersonal interview Interviews were conducted with the household head or the spouse / partner of the household head. When more than one household was residing in the same dwelling, an interview with the household head (or spouse / partner) of each household was conducted. Where the household contained both a head of household and a spouse / partner of the head of the household, interviewers alternated their selection of the interviewees on the basis of gender. The questionnaire was based on that developed by the Australian Bureau of Statistics and the South Australian Planning Review for similar survey being conducted in South Australia.
CommentThe Housing and Location Choice Survey was conducted in response to an invitation from the National Housing Strategy to examine factors related to housing and location access and choice within the Sydney and Melbourne metropolitan areas and to complement a similar study being conducted in Adelaide. Its principal objectives were to: examine the relative importance of factors affecting household decisions about their dwelling including size of house and land, cost, location, and tenure; assess how these factors vary according to various demographic characteristics; explore the trade-offs for options of a range of household types; and identify constraints affecting housing choice. The questionnaire was made up of three parts: the household form; the household member information; and the main questionnaire. The household form recorded information on the number of persons in the household, their age, sex, marital status, country of birth, relationship to household head and school attendance. The household member information section extended this enquiry to cover information for household members aged 15 years and over on their educational and employment status, and how they travelled to work if they were in the paid workforce. The main questionnaire collected housing related information for a number of groups: home owners / buyers; renters; recent movers (within the last 5 years); and intending movers (for the following twelve months). This information encompassed topic areas such as: source of rental accommodation; dwelling type; dwelling sales price and purchase price; reasons for actual housing moves undertaken and intended moves; reasons for choosing the particular area and dwelling; lifestyle changes as a result of any housing moves; compromises made in dwelling choice; importance of home ownership; perceived advantages and disadvantages of home ownership; sources of financial assistance towards house purchase; details on home loans and mortgages; financial assistance to children for home purchase; additions and major repairs to the dwelling; emergency action taken to meet rental or mortgage payments; advantages and disadvantages of public and private rental; and other dwellings owned. A series of questions on the adequacy of the dwelling and its proximity to a range of local services and facilities was also asked. Detailed questions were also asked of all aged 15 or more in the household on annual income levels, and sources of income from a range of government pensions and benefits.
Study Creation Date2011-04-18 18:09:53 UTC
Data CollectorsAGB McNair
Bibliographic Citation (documentation)Strategy, N. H. Housing and location choice survey, Sydney and Melbourne, 1991 [computer file]. Canberra: Australian Data Archive, The Australian National University, .
Copyright (documentation)Copyright © 2005, The Australian National University. All rights reserved.
Producer (documentation)Australian Data Archive
Title (documentation)Housing and location choice survey, Sydney and Melbourne, 1991
WeightingWeighting criteria the use of age, sex and location to obtain representativenes Weighting procedures Age X Sex X City population counts obtained from the ABS were used to ensure that estimates conformed to the known age and sex composition of Sydney and Melbourne. For each household selected, the age and sex of all members in the household was used to provide an individual person weight for all the household members. Household weights were calculated as the harmonic mean of the person weights of all persons in the household.
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LabelHousing and location choice survey, Sydney and Melbourne, 1991
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ADA Processing LevelLevel 2
Production Date2004-08-27
ADA Study LevelLevel 2
Version ResponsibilityAustralian Data Archive
Time Methodcross-sectional (one-time) study
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