Australia - surveys

Below you can download a series of questionnaires, conducted from 2006 onwards, which have used the consensual approach to measure poverty: the 2006 "Community Understanding of Poverty and Social Exclusion" (CUPSE), the 2010 "Poverty and Exclusion in Modern Australia" (PEMA), and the 2017 "Australian Living Standards Study" (ALSS). These questionnaires ask both whether the respondent sees each item as "essential" for everyone as well as whether the respondent has the item and if not whether it is because they can't afford it. These questionnaires were conducted by the Social Policy Research Centre at the University of New South Wales.

In addition, you can download three waves of questionnaires from the Household, Income and Labour Dynamics in Australia (HILDA) survey, conducted in 2014, 2018 and 2022. These questionnaires have a range of deprivation questions. They were conducted for the Department of Family and Community Services by Melbourne Institute of Applied Economic and Social Research at the University of Melbourne.

The surveys are in date order with the most recent at the top. You can compare the questions used in these surveys with other surveys by going to the 'Questions database' (see tab above). There you will see all the questions asked in all the surveys. 

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