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4714.0.55.002 - National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Survey: Data Reference Package, 2002  
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Introduction

This document contains links to the questions and associated prompt cards used in the 2002 National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Survey (NATSISS). Also provided is a list of the output data items from the survey. These are made available to assist users of data from the survey in understanding what information was collected and how it was collected. The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) retains copyright on the questions used in the 2002 NATSISS. They cannot be used in whole or in part in any other survey or study without the permission of the ABS. In general, when requested the ABS allows the use of questions to support data comparability but only in such a way that avoids any potential confusion about the role of the ABS in surveys run by other organisations, or perceptions that ABS endorses a survey run by another agency. For further information please contact the National Centre for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Statistics (NCATSIS) of the ABS on (02) 6252 5583.


NATSISS questions

The NATSISS was collected by personal interview, conducted using Computer Assisted Interviewing (CAI) in non-community areas and Pen and Paper Interviewing (PAPI) in remote communities. CAI involves the use of a computer to collect, store and transmit data relating to interviews conducted between interviewers and respondents. Under CAI, all sequencing is performed automatically and the appropriate question wording is automatically displayed.

The following documents present the questions from the CAI and PAPI questionnaires used for the NATSISS interviews. It includes questions relating to the household and questions asked of selected persons covered in the 2002 NATSISS. They also include the self-enumerated substance use component of the NATSISS.


Remote community questionnaire documentation

Community Information Form
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Household Form
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Household form sample only_1.pdf
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PAPI Questionnaire
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Remote  Questionnaire 'sample only'.pdf
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Non-community questionnaire documentation

Paper version of CAI Questionnaire
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CAI questionniare_1.pdf
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Self-enumerated Substance Use Form
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Self enumeration form - sample only.pdf
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Prompt Cards

This document presents the prompt cards used in the NATSISS interviews. Prompt cards were contained in a booklet carried by the NATSISS interviewers and displayed to the respondent at various points throughout the interview. Prompt cards allow respondents to choose a response to a question from a predetermined list of response categories. They are used to standardise common responses that can be given to particular questions and to ensure that the interview flows efficiently.

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Important points to note regarding the NATSISS questionnaires:
  • The questionnaire was designed to be administered by experienced ABS interviewers, who had received specific training on this survey.
  • The questionnaire was further supported by detailed interviewer instructions, covering general procedural issues as well as specific instructions relating to individual questions. These instructions were retained by interviewers throughout the survey enumeration for reference purposes as required; for example where a respondent asks how to answer for a particular circumstance. (For instance, if a respondent was asked if they used a computer at home, they may enquire as to whether a Palm Pilot should be included.) Copies of relevant sections from these instructions may be available on request.
  • The questionnaire uses standard ABS conventions, such as the use of capital letters to indicate questions to be asked, lower case to indicate response categories and italics to indicate sequence guides or other instructions to interviewers.
  • In some instances 'Ctrl K' key strokes were used to record 'Don't know' responses, while 'Ctrl R' key strokes were used to record a 'Refusal' response.
  • The questionnaire was designed to be processed using standard ABS procedures (including office coding) and systems.
  • The questionnaire is not fully indicative of the range of information available from the survey, as additional items are created in processing the data and ABS classifications are applied to raw data inputs. Also, some questions are asked solely for the purpose of enabling or clarifying other questions, and are not available in survey results. All items which are available from the survey are shown in the list of output data items below.

Output Data Item List
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  • Information about the source of output data items (including the computer code used to generate the item where appropriate) may also be made available on request.

Further information about this survey can be found in
2002 National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Survey: Users' Guide which is scheduled to be available on the ABS web site in August 2004. Summary results of the survey were released in National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Survey 2002 (cat. no. 4714.0).

Full relative standard error (RSE) results for data in the 4714.0 publication tables are shown in spreadsheets provided below:

4714.0 Publication tables (Relative Standard Errors only)
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