The 2009-2010 Household Income and Expenditure Survey (HIES) is the third household expenditure survey conducted in Papua New Guinea (PNG), and is the second HIES conducted by the National Statistical Office (NSO) of PNG. The previous survey, the Household Survey of PNG, was conducted in 1996 by Unisearch and the Institute of National Affairs. The first household expenditure survey (the ‘HES’) was conducted in 1975-1976 by the NSO. It remains the source of the expenditure weights of theConsumer Price Index.
The 2009-2010 PNG HIES involved close consultations with the representations from the Department of National Planning and Monitoring, Department of Treasury (DT), Bank of Papua New Guinea (BPNG), Department of Education, National Research Institute (NRI), University of Papua New Guinea (UPNG), National Department of Health (NDH), Department of Labour and Industrial Relations, the Independent Consumer and Competition Commission (ICCC) and other Development Partners.
The 2009-2010 HIES collected information on key topics such as family demography, education, health, employment and consumption. The scope of 2009-2010 HIES was broader than the previous survey, with more indicators and more households surveyed, including questions on living standards and other related subject areas. One key goal was to collect data on income and expenditure, and to enable a rebasing of the Consumer Price Index (CPI). This will assist future policy decisions and analysis to be better based on reliable evidence, such that they can better support improvements in the living standards of Papua New Guinea’s people.
Alongside this set of summary indicators, the 2009/10 PNG HIES will also enable an assessment of living standards in PNG, a rebasing of the consumption basket underlying the PNG Consumer Price Index, and the construction of household consumption measures in the PNG National Accounts.
(foreword abstract from Household Income and Expenditure Survey, 2009-2010)