General information about the 2012–13 MPHS Crime Victimisation topic, including summary results, are available in the publication Crime Victimisation, Australia, 2012–13 (cat. no. 4530.0). All summary tables, in Excel spreadsheet format, can be accessed from the Crime Victimisation Downloads page. Detailed information about the survey including scope and coverage, survey design, data collection methodology, weighting, benchmarking and estimation and the reliability of estimates can be accessed from the Crime Victimisation Explanatory Notes page.
For the 2012-13 MPHS, one person aged 15 years and over in each sampled household was selected at random (based on a computer algorithm) and asked the various MPHS topic questions in a personal interview. If the randomly selected person was aged 15–17 years, permission was sought from a parent or guardian before conducting the interview. If permission was not given, the parent or guardian was asked the crime questions on behalf of the 15–17 year old. Questions on whether alcohol or other substances contributed to the most recent physical or face-to-face threatened assault were not asked of these proxy respondents. Therefore, the data for these items only represent the responses from 15-17 year old respondents who were personally interviewed. As they do not represent all 15-17 year olds, this entire age group should be excluded when producing tables related to the contribution of alcohol or other substances to physical or face-to-face threatened assaults. Publication tables using these data items relate only to those aged 18 years and over.
Only persons aged 18 years and over were asked questions on sexual assault. Proxy respondents representing 15-17 year olds were not asked questions about sexual assault.