1304.5 - Stats Talk WA (Newsletter), Dec 2003  
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State Supplementary Survey

Progress Report

2003
At a time of critical water shortages, data relating to household water usage and water efficiency are important for water demand management. The identification of this high priority statistical requirement resulted in the decision to conduct the 2003 State Supplementary Survey on the topic of "Domestic Water Use". It is expected that results from the survey will be available in April 2004. The results will be published in Domestic Water Use, Western Australia (cat. no. 4616.5.55.001). A feature article will also be included in Western Australian Statistical Indicators (cat. no. 1367.5).

2004
Household property crime is a significant issue for all Western Australians. WA households experience the second highest number of burglaries in Australia. Data relating to home security is an essential tool for the development of crime reduction plans. As a result, the Statistical Policy Committee has recently decided that the topic to be developed for the 2004 State Supplementary Survey will be "Home Safety and Security".

State government representatives were recently invited to participate in a User Advisory Group. Assuming the topic is approved by the ABS Population Survey Planning Committee, this group will be responsible for steering the development and output phases of the survey. Full-scale development of the survey will begin in early 2004 and survey results will be available in April 2005.

For more information contact Gabriela Lawrence by email: gabriela.lawrence@abs.gov.au or ((08) 9360 5947.