Australian Bureau of Statistics
4533.0 - Directory of Family and Domestic Violence Statistics, 2011
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NATIONAL ABORIGINAL AND TORRES STRAIT ISLANDER SURVEY, AUSTRALIA (NATSISS)
Data custodian: Australian Bureau of Statistics
Contact: National Information and Referral Service
Address: Locked Bag 10, Belconnen, ACT, 2616
Telephone: 1300 135 070
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National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Survey, Australia (cat. no.4720.0)
Microdata: National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Survey, Expanded CURF, 2008 (Reissue) (cat. no. 4720.0.55.001)
The National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Survey (NATSISS) provides broad information across key areas of social concern for Indigenous Australians nationally, by state and territory and remoteness area.
The 2008 NATSISS was conducted from August 2008 to April 2009 with a sample of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people living in private dwellings across Australia. Information from the 2008 NATSISS contributes to existing data on Indigenous people and the formulation of government policies and legislation.
It provides information on a range of demographic, social, environmental and economic indicators, including: personal and household characteristics; geography; language and cultural activities; social networks and support; health and disability; education; employment; financial stress; income; transport; personal safety, crime and justice; and housing.
Family and Domestic Violence related content (data items collected)
Definition of Family and Domestic Violence
Family and Domestic Violence is defined by the survey questions. Respondents were asked whether they thought "family violence" was a neighbourhood / community problem (along with 12 other types of neighbourhood / community problems).
Victims of assault were defined as respondents who reported experiencing any incident in the last 12 months where force of violence was used against them, or where they were threatened with physical force or violence.
Victims who reported knowing their offenders, were asked to nominate their type of relationships from a list. The following family and/or domestic relationship categories were included:
Relationship to Conceptual Framework for Family and Domestic Violence (Cat. No. 4529.0)
The survey was conducted by interviewers who had received cultural awareness training, that provided information specifically developed for surveys involving Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. I via personal interviews at selected private dwellings. Interviews were predominantly conducted using a Computer-Assisted Interviewing (CAI) questionnaire. In remote areas, a paper back-up of the questionnaire was available, if needed, but generally was not used. In non-remote areas a self-enumerated paper form was used to collect information on substance use.
Interviewers conducted a screening process to identify households where one or more household members were identified as being Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander. Interviewers went to dwellings in selected areas and asked one usually resident household member (aged 18 years or over), if anyone in the household is of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander origin. If the household spokesperson stated that one or more usual residents were Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander, the household form was commenced.
The household form collected general demographic information about the household and its usual residents. Based on this information, individuals were randomly selected for personal interview. For selected households in discrete remote Indigenous communities and outstations, up to one Indigenous person aged 15 years and over and up to one Indigenous child aged 0-14 years was randomly selected. For selected households in non-remote and remote non-community areas up to two Indigenous persons aged 15 years and over and up to two Indigenous children aged 0-14 years were randomly selected. The personal safety and victims of assault questions were asked only of selected persons aged 15 years and over.
All interviews with selected persons were conducted face-to-face. Due to the sensitive nature of the survey questions, it was suggested that interviews be conducted in private.
Multi-stage random sampling methods were used to select a 'community sample' from discrete Indigenous communities (including any out-stations associated with them) and a non-community sample (comprising dwellings not covered in the community sample). This yielded a total sample size of approximately 13,300 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people living in private dwellings across Australia.
After screening households in non-community areas, approximately 2.5% were identified as having an Indigenous usual resident. Of these households, 83% responded to the survey. This response rate does not take into account approximately 11% of households who were unable to be contacted and therefore establish the Indigenous status of usual residents. In communities, 78% of in-scope households were fully responding.
Scope / target population
The scope of the NATSISS is all Indigenous people who were usual residents of private dwellings in Australia. Private dwellings are houses, flats, home units and any other structures used as private places of residence at the time of the survey. People usually resident in non-private dwellings, such as hotels, motels, hostels, hospitals, nursing homes, and short-stay caravan parks were not in scope. Usual residents are those who usually live in a particular dwelling and regard it as their own or main home. Visitors to private dwellings that had been resident six months or longer were included.
Further scope exclusions for this survey were:
The 2008 NATSISS was conducted in remote and non-remote areas in all states and territories of Australia, including discrete Indigenous communities.
Coverage exclusions applied, to manage enumeration costs, included:
Geographic coverage and disaggregation
Data available for:
City / region
Frequency / Timing
Collection commenced: August 2008 - April 2009
Breaks in series: no
Other details: The ABS previously conducted the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Survey (NATSISS) in 2002. Due to differences in how the data were collected and the inclusion of new items, not all data items are comparable. More information on the comparability of data between the 2002 and 2008 surveys is available in the Explanatory Notes that accompany the 2008 publication.
Data availability / Dissemination
The main publication and state/territory data cubes for selected data items can be downloaded free of charge from the ABS website.
Microdata are available in the form of a Confidentialised Unit Record File (CURF). Information about how to apply for microdata is available on the ABS website. Additional tailored tables, providing more detail, or data items not included in the publication are available on request as a 'user pays' service, subject to confidentiality and data quality.
Other data sources held by this agency
Personal Safety Survey
Women’s Safety Survey
Has this data source changed?
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