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DATA AVAILABLE ON REQUEST
Data obtained in the survey but not contained on the CURF may be available from the ABS, on request, as statistics in tabulated form.
Subject to confidentiality and sampling variability constraints, special tabulations can be produced incorporating data items, populations and geographic areas selected to meet individual requirements. These are available on request, on a fee for service basis. Contact the National Information and Referral Service on 1300 135 070 or firstname.lastname@example.org for further information.
ABOUT THE SURVEY
The 2009-10 FCS was conducted as part of the Multi-Purpose Household Survey (MPHS), which is a supplement to the ABS Monthly Population Survey (MPS). The MPHS was conducted in both urban and rural areas in all states and territories, excluding very remote parts of Australia, from July 2009 to June 2010. The MPHS is designed to provide statistics annually for labour, social and economic topics. The Family Characteristics topic has been conducted before, in 1982, 1992, 1997, 2003 and 2006-07 and the content is largely repeated, allowing comparisons over time. The Family Characteristics topic collected information on household and family composition, with a particular focus on families with children aged 0–17 years. The additional information collected for families with children included information about family structure, the social marital status of the parents, and contact arrangements for children with non-resident parents. In the 2009-10 survey, information was also collected about children's contact with their grandparents, and about child support arrangements for children with a natural parent living elsewhere.
The MPHS also collected a range of socio-demographic information, including labour force status, educational qualifications and household income, some of which has been included in this CURF. Estimates from the 2009-10 FCS were published in Family Characteristics, Australia, 2009-10 (cat. no. 4442.0).
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