National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Survey
National Centre for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Statistics
Australian Bureau of Statistics, Canberra
Telephone NCATSIS (02) 6252 6301
This survey provides information about the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander population of Australia on a wide range of areas of social concern including family and culture, health, education, work, income and housing, law and justice and transport. For selected items, the 2002 National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Survey (NATSISS) can be used in conjunction with the 1994 National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Survey to provide comparisons of change over the intervening 8-year period and with the 2002 General Social Survey to provide comparisons at a similar point in time with the non-Indigenous population.
The survey included Indigenous persons aged 15 years or over who were usual residents of private dwellings in non-remote and remote areas of all states and territories of Australia.
August 2002 to April 2003
Frequency of Collection
6 yearly. The next Survey is scheduled to be conducted in 2008.
Method of Collection
The NATSISS was collected by personal interview. Computer Assisted Interviewing (CAI) was used except in remote communities, where a printed questionnaire was used (Pencil and Paper Interviewing). CAI involves the use of a computer to collect, store and transmit data relating to interviews conducted between interviewers and respondents. The Torres Strait islander population was over-sampled in order to produce reliable estimates for the Torres Strait area and the remainder of Queensland.
The 2002 NATSISS was released in June 2004.
National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Survey 2002 (ABS cat. no. 4714.0)
National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Survey 2002 (ABS cat. no. 4714.0.55.001), an Excel file of related tables ("Data Cubes")
National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Survey: Data Reference Package, 2002 (ABS cat. no. 4714.0.55.002)
Data are available for Australia, and for each state and territory.
An Excel file of tables (Data Cubes) is available for each state and territory from the 'Indigenous statistics' page of the ABS Website, as free downloads.
Customised tables are available on request. This is a charged service.
Highest year of school completed
Level of highest non-school qualification
Main field of highest non-school qualification
Level of highest educational attainment
Main field of highest educational attainment
Vocational training in the last 12 months
Type of vocational training in the last 12 months
Whether training was done as part of CDEP
Whether used training
Relevance of training to employment
Type of educational institution
Main reason left school
A similar survey, the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Survey (NATSIS), was conducted in 1994. While some key data items in the 2002 NATSISS are the same as or similar to the 1994 NATSIS, there are important differences in sample design and coverage, survey methodology and content, definitions, and classifications, all of which may impact on comparability between the surveys.