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The 2016 PSS meets the need for updated information on the nature and extent of violence experienced by men and women in Australia, and other related information regarding people's safety at home and in the community that has not been collected since 2012.
The need for data on the prevalence of violence and sexual assault is discussed in The National Plan to Reduce Violence Against Women and their Children 2010-2022, and in the following ABS Information Papers:
The statistics presented in this publication are indicative of the extensive range of data available from the survey and demonstrate the analytical potential of the survey results. Full details about all the information collected in the 2016 PSS are provided in the Data Item List which can be accessed in the Downloads tab of the Personal Safety Survey, Australia: User Guide 2016 (cat. no. 4906.0.55.003). Details about the data available specifically on the microdata products are available in the Data Item List which can be accessed in the Downloads tab of this Technical Manual.
For further details on the content and conduct of the survey please refer to the Personal Safety Survey, Australia: User Guide 2016 (cat. no. 4906.0.55.003). This guide includes information to assist users with interpreting and using the results of the survey, descriptions of the survey design and collection, and information on data quality.
The 2016 Personal Safety Survey (PSS) was conducted between 6th November 2016 and 3rd June 2017. The TableBuilder and Detailed Microdata were released approximately 10 months after enumeration was completed.
The microdata contains finer levels of detail for data items than what was published in Personal Safety, Australia, 2016 (cat. no. 4906.0). For information on the level of detail provided, please refer to the Data Item List available in the Downloads tab of this Technical Manual.
Steps are taken to confidentialise the data made available on the microdata files in a way that maximises the usefulness of the content while maintaining the confidentiality of respondents selected in the survey. As a result, it may not be possible to exactly reconcile all the statistics produced from these microdata with each other, or with other published statistics. Further information about the steps taken to confidentialise the data is available through the How The ABS Keeps Your Information Confidential page.
Results from the most recent survey were published in Personal Safety, Australia, 2016 (cat. no. 4906.0). Data from the earlier surveys can be found on the Past and Future Releases tab of that publication or by contacting the National Information and Referral Service on 1300 1350 70.
Much of the content of the survey is comparable to the 2012 PSS. However, there are some differences in sample design and survey methodology, as well as new content that has been added to the survey and some concepts having been revised in order to take into account new or emerging data needs.
There are comparability notes for each topic in the Personal Safety Survey, Australia: User Guide, 2016 (cat. no. 4906.0.55.003). This provides information regarding data comparability over time between the 1996 Women's Safety Survey, and the 2005, 2012 and 2016 PSS.
The information within this product should be referred to when using the microdata. It contains information including survey methodology, file structure, accessing and using the TableBuilder and using the Detailed Microdata, and the Data Item List.
Further information regarding the collection and interpretation of the data can be found in the Personal Safety Survey, Australia: User Guide 2016 (cat. no. 4906.0.55.003) publication.
Microdata products are available to approved users. Users wishing to access the 2016 PSS microdata should familiarise themselves with information available via the Microdata Entry Page.
The 2016 PSS microdata can be accessed using TableBuilder or Detailed Microdata (via the DataLab) products.
Any questions regarding access to microdata can be forwarded to firstname.lastname@example.org or phone (02) 6252 7714.
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