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4102.0 - Australian Social Trends, 2005  
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Contents >> Other areas of social concern >> Data sources and definitions

Data sources and definitions


Data source
Indicators using this source
National indicators
State indicators

ABS Population Survey Monitor 1998, 1999, 2000; ABS Survey of Education, Training and Information Technology 2001;
ABS General Social Survey 2002; ABS Survey of Disability, Ageing and Carers 2003.
ABS Motor Vehicle Census, Australia (ABS cat. no. 9309.0); Australian Demographic Statistics, Australia, 2004 (ABS cat. no. 3101.0).
Crime and Safety, Australia, 2002 (ABS cat. no. 4509.0)
Water Account for Australia, 1993-94 to 1996-97, 2000-01 (ABS cat. no. 4610.0).


Estimated resident population (ERP)

the official measure of the population of Australia based on the concept of residence. It refers to all people, regardless of nationality or citizenship, who usually live in Australia, with the exception of foreign diplomatic personnel and their families. It includes usual residents who are overseas for less than 12 months. It excludes overseas residents who are in Australia for less than 12 months.
Reference: Australian Demographic Statistics (ABS cat. no. 3101.0).


a group of related or unrelated people who usually live in the same private dwelling or a lone person living in a private dwelling. Reference: Housing Occupancy and Costs, Australia (ABS cat. no. 4130.0.55.001).

Household crime

includes break-in, attempted break-in and motor vehicle theft. Reference: Crime and Safety, Australia (ABS cat. no. 4509.0).

Passenger vehicles

motor vehicles constructed primarily for the carriage of persons and containing up to nine seats (including the driver’s seat). Included are cars, station wagons, four-wheel drive passenger vehicles and forward-control passenger vehicles. Excluded are campervans.
Reference: Motor Vehicle Census, Australia (ABS cat. no. 9309.0).

Personal crime

includes robbery, assault and sexual assault. Reference: Crime and Safety, Australia (ABS cat. no. 4509.0).


a household or person reporting at least one of the offences surveyed. Victims were counted once only for each type of offence, regardless of the number of incidents of that type.
Reference: Crime and Safety, Australia (ABS cat. no. 4509.0).

Victims of personal crime

data refers to the victimisation prevalence rate which is the number of victims of an offence in a given population expressed as a percentage of that population.
Reference: Crime and Safety, Australia (ABS cat. no. 4509.0).

Water consumption

water consumption is equal to mains water use plus self-extracted water use plus reuse water use minus mains water supplied to other users minus in-stream use (where applicable).
Reference: Water Account Australia (ABS cat. no. 4610.0).

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