1387.3 - Queensland in Review, 2003  
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The 2002 National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Survey (NATSISS) indicates significant differences between remote and non-remote areas in the reported rates of neighbourhood problems.

NEIGHBOURHOOD PROBLEMS(a), Indigenous persons aged 15 years or over, Queensland, 2002
Remote areas
Non-remote areas
Total
%
%
%

No neighbourhood/community problems reported
10.6
29.2
24.5
One or more neighbourhood/community problems(a)
89.0
69.5
74.4
Theft
60.2
37.3
43.1
Alcohol
78.6
22.5
36.6
Illegal drugs
72.5
24.2
36.4
Problems involving youth
65.4
23.4
34.0
Vandalism/graffiti/damage to property
*58.7
22.2
31.4
Family violence
64.5
13.6
26.4
Dangerous or noisy driving(b)
na
46.3
na
Indigenous persons aged 15 years or over (number)
19,200
56,900
76,000

* estimate has a relative standard error of 25% to 50% and should be used with caution
(a) Respondents may have indicated more than one problem.
(b) Data collected for non-remote areas only.
Source: National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Survey, Queensland, 2002, cat. no. 4714.3.55.001

Three quarters of Indigenous people reported that they had experienced at least one problem in their neighbourhood or community, with significant differences between responses from remote and non-remote areas. For people living in remote areas, the most frequently reported problems were alcohol and illegal drugs (reported by more than 70% of people), followed by problems involving youth and family violence (65%). The neighbourhood problem most frequently reported by Indigenous people in non-remote areas was dangerous or noisy driving (reported by 46% of people) and theft (37%), while family violence was reported as a problem by comparatively few respondents (14%).
NEIGHBOURHOOD PROBLEMS(a), Indigenous persons aged 15 years or over, Queensland, 2002
Graph: Neighbourhood problems



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