Environmental Attitudes and Practices

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    NAME OF ORGANISATION
    Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS)

    OVERVIEW
    The collection provides information as part of the work program for the Centre of Environment Statistics National Statistic Centre (NSC). The data is compiled using ARA (Any Responsible Adult) collection methodology.

    Data from households and individuals are collected about the environment and is focussed on one of three rotating topics on a triennial basis: Energy Use and Conservation (EUC), Waste Management and Transport Use (WMTU), and Water Use and Conservation (WUC).


    PURPOSE
    The purpose of the survey is to compile statistics about the environmental practices and behaviours of households.

    SCOPE
    The scope is households in urban, rural, remote and very remote areas in all states and territories of Australia, excluding those in Indigenous communities. The 2010 survey was the first time households residing in very remote parts of Australia were included. The inclusion has minimal impact on Australian level estimates overall. However, it could improve the Northern Territory estimates because previously 20% of Northern Territory households had been excluded.

    The survey excludes households in special dwellings (such as hotels, university residences, boarding schools, hospitals and prisons).

    The coverage is the same as the survey scope.

    DATA DETAIL

    Conceptual framework

    Main outputs
    Data from both the 2012 and 2009 WMTU surveys were released under the title Environmental Issues: Waste Management and Transport Use (cat. no. 4602.0.55.002). Data from the 2008 and 2011 EUC surveys were released under the title Environmental Issues: Energy Use and Conservation (cat. no. 4602.0.55.001) and data from the 2010 WUC Survey was released under the title Environmental Issues: Water Use and Conservation (cat. no. 4602.0.55.003).

    Prior to 2008, the annual publication Environmental Issues: People's Views and Practices (cat. no. 4602.0) contained data from the environment supplementary surveys.

    Data items for the following topics are available:

    Mar 2012 Waste Management and Transport Use (Environmental Issues: Waste Management and Transport Use, Mar 2009 - cat. no. 4602.0.55.002)

    Household waste management including recycling practices
    Motor vehicle and bicycle ownership
    Use of transport

    Mar 2011 Energy Use and Conservation (Environmental Issues: Energy Use and Conservation, Mar 2011 - cat. no. 4602.0.55.001)

    Dwelling characteristics including insulation
    Energy sources
    Heaters and coolers
    Household appliances
    GreenPower scheme

    Mar 2010 Water Use and Conservation (Environmental Issues: Water use and Conservation, Mar 2010 - cat. no. 4602.0.55.003)

    Sources of water
    Water use and water conservation practices
    Use of rainwater tanks
    Prevalence of water saving products
    Uptake of government rebates and incentives

    Mar 2009 Waste Management and Transport Use (Environmental Issues: Waste Management and Transport Use, Mar 2009 - cat. no. 4602.0.55.002)

    Household waste management including recycling practices
    Motor vehicle and bicycle ownership
    Use of transport

    Mar 2008 Energy Use and Conservation (Environmental Issues: Energy Use and Conservation, Mar 2008 - cat. no. 4602.0.55.001)

    Dwelling type including insulation and lighting
    Energy sources
    Heaters and coolers
    Household appliances
    GreenPower scheme

    Mar 2007 Water Use and Conservation (Environmental Issues: People's views and practices Mar 2007 - cat. no. 4602.0)

    Sources of water
    Rainwater tanks
    Water conservation practices includes inside and outside the dwelling

    Mar 2006 Waste Management and Transport Use (Environmental Issues: People's views and practices Mar 2006 - cat. no. 4602.0)

    Household waste management including recycling
    Motor vehicle ownership and maintenance
    Use of transport

    Mar 2005 Energy Use and Conservation (Environmental Issues: People's views and practices Mar 2005 - cat. no. 4602.0)

    Dwelling structure including insulation and lighting
    Energy sources
    Heaters and coolers
    Household appliances
    GreenPower scheme

    Mar 2004 Environmental Actions/Behaviours, Water Sources and Use (Environmental Issues: People's views and practices Mar 2004 - cat. no. 4602.0)
    Environmental concerns and involvement
    Water use and conservation
    Use of environmentally friendly products
    Use of work heritage areas, national and state parks

    Mar 2003 Waste Management and Transport Use (Environmental Issues: People's views and practices Mar 2003 - cat. no. 4602.0)

    Household waste management
    Motor vehicle ownership and maintenance
    Use of transport

    Mar 2002 Energy Use and Conservation (Environmental Issues: People's views and practices Mar 2002 - cat. no. 4602.0)

    Energy conservation measures
    Energy and GreenPower
    Household appliances

    Mar 2001 Environmental Actions/Behaviours, Water Sources and Use (Environmental Issues: People's views and practices Mar 2001 - cat. no. 4602.0)

    Environmental concerns and involvement
    Water use and conservation
    Use of environmentally friendly products
    Use of world heritage areas, national and state parks

    Mar 2000 Waste Management and Transport Use (Environmental Issues: People's views and practices Mar 2000 - cat. no. 4602.0)

    Household waste management
    Habits of motor vehicle owners
    Use of transport

    Mar 1999 Energy Use and Conservation (Environmental Issues: People's views and practices Mar 1999 - cat. no. 4602.0)

    Environmental views, concerns and issues
    Energy conservation measures
    Energy and GreenPower
    Household appliances

    Mar 1998 Environmental Actions/Behaviours, Water Sources and Use (Environmental Issues: People's views and practices Mar 1998 - cat. no. 4602.0)

    Environmental views, concerns and issues
    Information sources and environmental involvement
    Products, packaging, fertiliser and pesticide use
    Water sources, use and issues
    Use of world heritage areas, national and state parks

    Mar, Apr 1996 Waste Management, Habits of Motor Vehicle Owners, Use of Transport (Environmental Issues: People's views and practices 1996 - cat. no. 4602.0)

    Environmental views, concerns and issues
    Household waste management
    Motor vehicle ownership and maintenance
    Use of transport

    Jun 1994 Energy Use and Conservation, Water Sources and Use (Environmental Issues: People's views and practices June 1994 - cat. no. 4602.0)

    Environmental concerns and views
    Energy conservation measures
    Energy sources and use
    Household appliances
    Water sources and use

    Classifications
    State and Territory
    Capital city / Balance of State

    Other concepts (summary)


    GEOGRAPHIC DETAIL
    Australia
    New South Wales
    Victoria
    Queensland
    South Australia
    Western Australia
    Tasmania
    Northern Territory
    ACT
    Part of State Metropolitan
    Part of State Extra-Metropolitan

    Comments and/or Other Regions


    COLLECTION FREQUENCY
    Annually

    Frequency comments
    Annual from 1998.

    The survey is a collection of data from households and individuals about the environment. It focuses on one of three rotating topics each year: Energy Use and Conservation; Waste Management and Transport Use; and Water Use and Conservation.


    COLLECTION HISTORY
    Environment topics have been collected since 1992 on a rotating cycle which was initially based on a survey every 2 years, but since 1998, data has been collected annually. A number of topics about environmental issues are rotated through a cycle of Monthly Population Survey (MPS) collections over a three year period. The topics cover attitudes towards the environment, key problems of concern about the environment, water use and conservation, energy use and conservation, environmental behaviour, waste management and recycling activities, and transport and motor vehicle use.

    The information is used for policy making decisions by government departments, and by interested industry, academic and environmental groups.

    The cycles have covered:

    Mar 2012 Waste Management and Transport Use

    Mar 2011 Energy Use and Conservation

    Mar 2010 Water Use and Conservation

    Mar 2009 Waste Management and Transport Use

    Mar 2008 Energy Use and Conservation

    Mar 2007 Water Use and Conservation

    Mar 2006 Waste Management and Transport Use

    Mar 2005 Energy Use and Conservation

    Mar 2004 Environmental Actions/Behaviours, Water Sources and Use

    Mar 2003 Waste Management, Habits of Motor Vehicle Owners, Use of Transport

    Mar 2002 Energy Use and Conservation

    Mar 2001 Environmental Actions/Behaviours, Water Sources and Use

    Mar 2000 Waste Management, Habits of Motor Vehicle Owners, Use of Transport

    Mar 1999 Energy Use and Conservation

    Mar 1998 Environmental Actions/Behaviours, Water Sources and Use

    Mar, Apr 1996 Waste Management, Habits of Motor Vehicle Owners, Use of Transport

    Jun 1994 Energy Use and Conservation, Water Sources and Use

    May 1992 Waste Management, Environmentally Friendly Products and Packaging


    DATA AVAILABILITY
    Yes

    Data availability comments
    Data is available on the ABS web site as an electronic publication for public access and specific data requests can be undertaken by the Centre of Environment Statistics NSC using data produced from the survey supermart.



    DATE OF LAST UPDATE FOR THIS DOCUMENT
    30/10/2012 02:56 PM