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QUALITY DECLARATION - SUMMARY
Estimates in this publication are subject to sampling and non-sampling errors. Sampling error is the error associated with taking a sample of dwellings rather than going to all dwellings in Australia. In this publication, the sampling error is measured by the relative standard error (RSE) which is the standard error expressed as a percentage of the estimate. Non-sampling errors can occur in any data collection, whether based on a sample or a full count such as a census. Sources of non-sampling error include non-response, errors in reporting by respondents or recording of answers by interviewers, and errors in coding or processing of data. Every effort is made to reduce the non–sampling error by careful design and testing of the questions, training of interviewers, follow-up of respondents and extensive editing and quality control procedures at all stages of data processing.
The Family Characteristics topic was previously collected in 1997, 2003, 2006-07 and 2009-10. While there have been small changes each cycle, overall the data is generally comparable. The 2012-13 Family Characteristics and Transitions topic includes the family transitions topics which were last included in the 2006-07 survey, however, it does not include the child support topic which was included in the 2009-10 survey. For further information about changes between iterations of the survey, please refer to the Explanatory Notes.
Further information on the technical aspects (including item definitions) associated with the statistics from the 2012-13 Family Characteristics and Transitions topic can be found in the Explanatory Notes, Technical Note and Glossary associated with this release.
All tables and associated RSEs are available in Excel spreadsheets which can be accessed from the Downloads tab.
Additional tables may also be available on request. The Downloads tab also includes an Excel spreadsheet containing a complete list of the data items available. Note that detailed data can be subject to high RSEs and, in some cases, may result in data being confidentialised.
In addition to the data available in the Excel spreadsheets, other tables will be able to be produced using TableBuilder, an online tool for creating tables and graphs. TableBuilder for the 2012–13 Family Characteristics and Transitions topic is expected to be available in the first half of 2015.
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