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3414.0 - Guide to Migrant Statistical Sources, 2011 (Edition 2)  
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Personal Safety Survey (PSS)


The Personal Safety Survey was first conducted in 2005, and expands on the 1996 Women’s Safety Survey.

Information was collected from persons aged 18 years and over about their safety at home and in the community. In particular, information was collected about experiences of physical and sexual violence, the nature and extent of the violence against women and men, actions taken after experiencing violence and the effect on their lives. Additional information was collected about incidents of abuse, stalking and other forms of harassment.

Data items collected by the Personal Safety Survey are capable of being cross classified with Data Items Relevant to Migrants and Ethnicity.



  • Country of birth
    Note: Although individual country of birth is collected (top 10 countries are listed), standard outputs for this data item are usually aggregated to one of the formats below:
    • Australia
    • Born overseas
      • Main English-speaking countries
      • Other countries
  • Year of arrival
    Note: This data was not included in the main publication, but is available from the PSS CURF split into three data items:
    • Year of arrival - single years
      • Continuous
    • Year of arrival - 5 year groups
      • Born in Australia
      • Arrived 1985 and before
      • Arrived 1986 to 1990
      • Arrived 1991 to 1995
      • Arrived 1996 to 2000
      • Arrived 2001 to 2005
      • Not stated
    • Year of arrival - 10 year groups
      • Born in Australia
      • Arrived 1985 and before
      • Arrived 1986 to 1995
      • Arrived 1996 to 2005
      • Not stated
  • Proficiency in spoken English
    Note: This data was not included in the main publication, but is available from the PSS CURF.
    • Speaks English very well
    • Speaks English well
    • Speaks English not well
    • Speaks English not at all

A full list of data items collected for the Personal Safety Survey is available in Personal Safety Survey, Australia (cat. no. 4906.0) and Personal Safety Survey, Australia: State Tables (cat. no. 4906.0.55.004),

The most recent information on Confidentialised Unit Record Files are available in Microdata: Personal Safety Survey, Expanded CURF, Australia.

For further details on scope, geographic coverage, data availability and publications, methodology, classifications and concepts see the Personal Safety Survey, Australia: User Guide (cat. no. 4906.0.55.003).


For further information about these and related statistics, contact the National Information and Referral Service.

Phone: 1300 135 070
Fax: 1300 135 211
Post: Client Services, ABS, GPO Box 796, Sydney 2001

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