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1300.1.55.001 - Statistics News NSW, Jun 2006  
Previous ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 30/06/2006   
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Aspects of Social Capital, Australia, 2006 (cat. no. 4911.0) will be released on the ABS web site in July. This compendium publication explores the way people in Australia relate to family, friends and the wider community. It brings together information on social interactions and community support from the 2002 General Social Survey and many other ABS surveys.

Among the topics examined are: voluntary work, feelings of safety while home alone, social participation, attendance at culture/leisure venues, involvement in sport and physical recreation, and indicators of reciprocity (ability to ask for small favours and ability to obtain support from others in a time of crisis). Descriptive analysis involving demographic and socio-economic status variables are provided throughout the report to help describe population sub-group differences. Some of the data are also presented at state/territory and remoteness area levels.

One of the publication's objectives is to provide a set of data and references to sources that will complement the new information on social capital currently being collected in the 2006 General Social Survey (to be released early next year).

For further information contact Elisabeth Davis on (02) 6252 7880, or the ABS National Information and Referral Service on 1300 135 070, email

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