(HIES) Household Income and Expenditure Survey 2012/13

The HIES is to capture economic and monetary activities at the household level where income and spending patterns of households is derived to affect Economic policy.


The HIES one week field work enumeration training commenced during early September 2012 followed by the actual field work enumeration which scheduled to complete by September 2013 and the remaining activities will conclude in December 2013.

There are total of sixteen rounds to complete and cover the sample results for Nauru HIES and each round have to complete approximately in three weeks time.  According to the HIES field work plan, the field work team were given three weeks break throughout late December 2012 to January 2013.



The HIES project is implemented by the HIES team consisting of mainly staff of Bureau of Statistics and some contracted staff.  It is necessary to have continued input from our respondents who will provide the core of our data requirements.  Technical support is being provided by our counterpart in SPC throughout the survey.

  • Project Coordinator (x1) - internally appointed by NSO Directorate
  • Project Assistant Coordinator (x1) - project contract
  • Project Administrative Assistant (x1) - internally appointed by NSO Directorate
  • Fieldwork Supervisor (x1) - project contract
  • Fieldwork Enumerators (x5 max) - project contract
  • Data Processing Personnel (x1) - project contract


  • To obtain weights and other useful data for planning price collection or the construction or revision of consumer price indices, indices of comparative costliness, etc;
  • To supply basic data needed for policy making in connection with social and economic planning, and to facilitate determination of needs or the establishments of targets;
  • To provide data for accessing the impact on household living conditions of existing or proposed economic or social measures, particularly changes in the structure of household expenditures and in household consumptions;
  • To provide data for estimating the severity of poverty and consumption through analysing household income and expenditure behaviour;
  • To analyse the variations in levels of living over a period of years and the disparities among households in the different socio-economic groups;
  • To supplement the data available for use in compiling official estimates of household accounts in the systems of national accounts and balances;
  • To provide information on particular aspects of living conditions of population, such as those relating to food consumption, housing and health.


  • The HIES will provide much needed data for revision of the Consumer Price Index (CPI) as well as providing important data for the national poverty line and Poverty analysis.
  • The HIES 2012/13 will contribute to the short/medium term goals inclusive from the Economic and Social Sector Goals by supplying statistical indicators. HIES has been incorporated into the Statistics Master Plan 2010–15.


  • Policy and decisions makers will greatly benefit from the outputs of the HIES which is a vital tool for strategizing of socio-economic development and poverty reduction. One of the main benefits from the HIES output is achieving one the NSDS goal “A stable macroeconomic environment conducive to private investment established” by achieving the milestone of “Benchmark indicators of GDP, BOP, Demographics, HIES, Prices and Wages compiled” in the short term. Other deliverables are utilised for national commitments to MDG Goal 1 and other international reporting obligations related to the economy of Nauru
  • Effective utilisation and implementation of HIES data will contribute to evidence based decision making and policy for Economic and Social development.