GENERAL SOCIAL SURVEY
The three surveys described above were conducted as supplements to the 2002 General Social Survey (GSS). The main findings from the core components of that survey were released on 18 December, 2003 in General Social Survey, Summary Results, Australia, 2002 (cat. no. 4159.0; $32.00). Thus, it is now possible to analyse the relationship between cultural and sport attendance and participation and a much wider range of socioeconomic characteristics than has been possible with previous surveys. Examples that may interest you include index of relative socio-economic disadvantage, self-assessed health status, personal and household income, financial stress, voluntary work, sources and provision of personal support, feelings of safety at home and perceived level of dificulty with transport. Staff in NCCRS are working with key clients to determine what analyses may be undertaken in our centre in the future.
A full list of data items from the 2002 GSS is contained in the 2002 General Social Survey:Data Reference Package which is freely available on the ABS web site. Versions of the 'summary results' tables compiled separately for each state and territory will be available on the ABS web site from January 2004 and a detailed user's guide will be available on the ABS web site from February 2004. For researchers wishing to undertake their own more detailed analysis of the survey data it is expected that microdata from the GSS will be released in the form of two confidentialised unit record files (CURFs), the basic CURF and the expanded CURF, the latter of which will only be available via the Remote Access Data Laboratory (RADL). Both of these options are expected to be available in February 2004. More information may be obtained from Jenny Harber on Canberra (02) 6252 5508.