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Supplementary Surveys

What is a Supplementary Survey?

The State Supplementary Survey service provides state and territory government agencies with an opportunity to gain detailed information about specific aspects of the region’s economic or social life, which can assist in the formulation of policy strategies. These surveys are conducted as a supplement to the ABS Monthly Labour Force Survey, or the Monthly Population Survey in New South Wales, usually in October.

Where there is joint interest in a common topic, State Supplementary Surveys can be run for more than one jurisdiction, such as the 2007 Household Preparedness for Emergencies topic which was run concurrently in New South Wales, Victoria, Queensland and the Australian Capital Territory.

The specific arrangements for managing State Supplementary Survey proposals are different in each jurisdiction, and in some states and territories these surveys have been replaced by other services. Please call your state or territory contact for more information.

Supplementary surveys must be suitable for telephone interviewing and the 'Any Responsible Adult' (ARA) method of interviewing. The ARA method involves obtaining information about all the in-scope persons in a selected household from the first responsible adult with whom the interviewer makes contact (rather than speaking to each individual). This method can only be used for collecting information on topics where another member of the household is likely to be able to answer the questions on behalf of the household.

Where can I access previous Supplementary Surveys for my state or territory?

Topics from previous State Supplementary Surveys are listed by state or territory on the Supplementary Surveys list page.

For more information about ABS State Supplementary Surveys, please call your state or territory contact.

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