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4500.0 - Crime and Justice News, 2007  
Previous ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 19/07/2007   
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The ABS has undertaken to conduct a survey of Personal Fraud victimisation in Australia on behalf of the Australasian Consumer Fraud Taskforce. The questions aim to answer data needs relating to the prevalence and impact of identity theft and scams in Australia, such as phishing, lotteries, pyramid schemes and chain letters.

The Personal Fraud dress rehearsal was conducted in February-March 2007, and the survey will be in the field between 1 July and 31 December 2007. Preliminary data are scheduled for release by the end of March 2008, with final data expected for release by mid-2008.


The NCCJS is in the process of reviewing the ABS' current crime victimisation surveys.

Input from users at both national and state and territory levels has been obtained as part of the crime victimisation survey consultation process, and this information will feed into a future model for ABS crime victimisation surveys.

Users have indicated that their preferred model would comprise an annual survey that measures 'headline indicators', and a less frequent survey to provide more detailed information on the characteristics of certain types of crimes. Users have also specified their preferred content. A new model for crime and safety surveys has therefore been proposed, which would replace the existing three yearly survey with an annual headline indicators survey.

The ABS is also embarking on a review of all of its household surveys to determine priorities for future surveys as part of its forward work program. Feedback was sought from users as to priorities for ABS household surveys during March/April 2007.

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