4906.0.55.003 - Personal Safety Survey, Australia: User Guide, 2012  
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Results from the 2012 PSS are available in the form of:

    • an electronic publication available free of charge on the ABS website;
    • access to microdata through an expanded Confidential Unit Record File (CURF) available via the Remote Access Data Laboratory (RADL) and the ABS Data Laboratory (ABSDL); and
    • special data services on request to meet specific information requirements.
This section outlines the products and services currently available and how to access them.


The summary publication Personal Safety, Australia, 2012 (cat. no. 4906.0) is available on the ABS website free of charge.

A summary of the main findings from the survey can be found via the Contents page. This includes an overview of the key findings from the survey regarding:
    • Prevalence of violence
    • Perpetrators of violence
    • Demographics of those experiencing violence
    • Demographics of those experiencing sexual assault
    • Selected characteristics of different types of violence
    • Experience of Partner violence
    • Experience of emotional abuse by a partner and
    • Stalking.

All tables published from the survey are available in spreadsheet format from the Downloads Tab. These tables include more detailed information about each of the topics summarised in the key findings.

The publication also contains information on the concepts and methods used in the survey, reliability of results, definitions and interpretation in the Explanatory Notes, Technical Note and Glossary. Differences between data items highlighted in this release are statistically significant (refer to the Significance Testing section of the Technical Note).


Supporting material is available to assist data users in analysing the data from the survey. A representation of the computer assisted interview questionnaire and prompt cards used in the PSS are available on the ABS website. They can be downloaded from the 'Downloads' tab of this product.


For clients wanting to produce their own tabulations and conduct manipulations of survey estimates, access to a file containing unit records relating to the survey respondents can be requested. To protect the confidentiality of individual persons and households some data items are removed from the file and the level of detail for some items is reduced.

The expanded confidentialised unit record file released from the 2012 PSS can be accessed via the Remote Access Data Laboratory (RADL) and the ABS Data Laboratory (ABSDL).

Further information about these services, and other information to assist users in understanding and accessing CURFs in general, is available from the CURF Microdata Entry Page on the ABS web site.

Before appling for access, users should read and familiarise themselves with the information contained in this product and the User Manual: Responsible Use of ABS CURFs.

To apply for access to CURF products, register and apply in MiCRO.

More information on the CURF is available in the material accompanying the product release, Microdata, Personal Safety, Australia, 2012 (cat. no. 4906.0.55.001).


The statistics presented in the summary publication are indicative of the extensive range of data available from the survey and demonstrate the analytical potential of the survey results.

Additional information may be made available by request, on a fee for service basis, through the ABS Information Consultancy. Tables and other analytic outputs can be made available electronically or in printed form. However, as the level of detail or disaggregation increases with detailed requests, the number of contributors to data cells decreases. This may result in some requested information not being able to be released due to confidentiality or sampling variability constraints. Subject to confidentiality and sampling variability constraints, special tabulations can be produced incorporating data items, populations and geographic areas selected to meet individual requirements. Contact the National Information and Referral Service on 1300 135 070 (international callers +61 2 9268 4909) or client.services@abs.gov.au for further information.

Data collected in the survey but not contained on the CURF may be available from the ABS through an information consultancy (see data items listed as " not released on the CURF" in the Data Items List in the Downloads tab).

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