4500.0 - Crime and Justice News, Oct 2001  
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Emergency Management

The NCCJS is currently reviewing the role of the ABS in the provision of national emergency management statistics. A draft information paper summarising the statistical requirements for the Emergency Management sector has been circulated to key stakeholders and users of emergency management statistics for comment. This paper was developed through consultation with a number of key stakeholders and statistical users in the Emergency Management sector. The NCCJS will release a final report by the end of this year. The NCCJS' liaison for Emergency Management statistics is Melissa Munce. She can be contacted at melissa.munce@abs.gov.au.

Indigenous Identification

As part of the ABS' commitment to improve the collection and quality of information on Indigenous persons in administrative data systems, the National Centre for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Statistics (NCATSIS) and the NCCJS are working with local ABS offices in each State/Territory to promote the inclusion of the ABS Standard Indigenous Identifier in crime and justice administrative data collections.

Criminal justice agencies responsible for such collections which presently do not include the ABS Standard Indigenous Identifier are being approached to assess the possibilities for future inclusion. We have received some positive responses from agencies that are upgrading their computer systems and/or reviewing their current data items. The NCCJS has received positive responses from agencies that are upgrading their computer systems and/or reviewing current data items. For those agencies that currently collect Indigenous data, the NCCJS is looking at the quality of this data with a view to future publication by the ABS.

The collections of the various police jurisdictions are of particular importance as there is a high demand for Indigenous information on victims and offenders. The accurate measurement of Indigenous persons in the criminal justice system is an important tool in the development of programs to address these issues.

If your agency is undertaking a review of data items, a systems upgrade, or is interested in including the Indigenous Identifier in your collection(s), please contact Alida Helleren at alida.helleren@abs.gov.au.