ABOUT THE CENTRE
The National Centre for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Statistics (NCATSIS) is located in the Darwin office of the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS).
The Centre aims to provide a national leadership role in promoting and facilitating the collection and reporting of Indigenous statistics by the ABS, and where appropriate amongst external stakeholders in all jurisdictions. In this capacity, NCATSIS will analyse, interpret and report information about the health, welfare and social/economic conditions of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, and assist in the development, co-ordination and implementation of national plans, both within and outside the ABS, with regard to the collection and dissemination of Indigenous statistics and information.
NCATSIS IN THE NEW MILLENIUM!
2000 has been a 'big' year for NCATSIS with an internal review, the welcome addition to the Centre of many new staff members and substantial support by long-term staff through this period of transition. A new work program has also been set, following the release of the ABS' strategy paper, Directions in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Statistics, in March, for which the Centre has an ongoing role, promoting the planned collection and reporting developments. The strategy paper offers a practical outline of the statistical program for external stakeholders at all levels and has increased community understanding of the breadth of the work plan. The Director has given a number of presentations on the new strategy, along with a discussion of current data quality issues, at several national forums over the last few months.
There are several projects of significance across the work program, all making good progress. The third health and welfare biennial report is well underway and the work group is heading for an August publication date. Also in the health and community services work program, the final draft of the Community Services Indigenous data review is in the public domain for consultation. The first social and economic report is now shaping up and is anticipated for release during 2002. Plans for release of Indigenous data from Census 2001 include an update on population issues and a review of Indigenous geography.
An important development in Indigenous health information is the establishment by the Australian Health Ministers' Advisory Committee (AHMAC) of the National Advisory Group on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Information and Data (NAGATSIHID). The group will provide a forum for linking established and new Indigenous information developments in the health sector.
As part of its role, the group will provide advice on the work program of the joint ABS/AIHW Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health and Welfare Information Unit (ATSIHWIU) and on health related issues for the Indigenous administrative data project undertaken by ABS Regional Offices. NCATSIS will be providing Secretariat services for the new group.
Janis Shaw, Director, NCATSIS
The restructure of NCATSIS is now in place, and several new staff have been recruited. The Centre comprises four units: Liaison & Administration, Health & Community Services, Social & Economic and Census & Surveys. The respective heads of these units are Tania McInnes, who is Deputy Director also, Barbara Gray, Joanne Sangster and Kevin Beere. Joanne and Tania are both new to NCATSIS, and bring with them a wealth of experience in both the social and Indigenous areas.
In addition, we welcome Peter Holt from Central Australia, Nancie-Lee Robinson from Melbourne and Ian Lee, whose most recent position was with the Northern Land Council in Darwin. Elena Mobilia, from the ABS Perth office, is spending six months in NCATSIS working on the biennial publication, and we are very pleased to have Mary Beneforti back in the Health & Community Services Unit, having completed her outposting to NT Education.
Jenny Davis and Peter Chandler have moved to the Corporate Services Section of the ABS NT Office. We thank them for their support in the early days of the restructure and wish them well in their new positions.
HEALTH & COMMUNITY SERVICES STATISTICS
The National Community Services Information Management Group (NCSIMG) has commissioned a review of the principles and standards that apply to the collection of information about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander clients of community services.
A consultation draft report entitled, Community Services Principles and Standards for Indigenous Client Data , has been prepared. It is based upon information recorded during a series of focus group discussions, held nationally and a workshop of NCSIMG representatives and nominees. It includes a draft information plan, principles for the collection of Indigenous information in the community services sector and specific reviews of the Supported Assistance Accommodation Program (SAAP) and Child Protection and Welfare data collections.
A review of information collected by Commonwealth/State DisabilityAgreement-funded agencies is currently underway. It is anticipated that outcomes from this review will also be incorporated into the Community Services Principles and Standards for Indigenous Client Data report at a later stage.
It is anticipated that a final draft will be available for the December meeting of the NCSIMG. For further information please contact Michael Bourchier on ph.08 8943 2145 or firstname.lastname@example.org
The Health and Welfare of Australia's Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples 2001 (4704.0)
Work has begun on the third edition of this national publication due for release in late 2001. The publication pulls together data from a wide range of ABS and administrative sources to present a snapshot of the health and welfare of Australia's Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. Sources include Census, housing and health surveys and administrative data collections such as hospital, birth and death statistics. We are particularly interested to include, where possible, some examples of local initiatives in the health and welfare field. For further information please contact Barbara Gray on 08 89432 147 or email@example.com
SOCIAL AND ECONOMIC STATISTICS
Planning has commenced for the social and economic biennial publication, planned for release in August 2002, Australia's Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples- A Social Report. A timeline for publication will be finalised in the near future. Presently a scoping of ABS and other data sources is being conducted, together with a comprehensive literature review and the identification of central policy and other contemporary issues that will direct the content of the report. The publication will cover areas such as housing, crime & justice, school-based education, employment, and culture & recreation.
CENSUS & SURVEYS
Australian Indigenous Geographical Classification (AIGC)
A review of the AIGC is currently being undertaken. This product was developed for the 1996 Census and NCATSIS is taking the opportunity to modify and update it and incorporate adjustments made to the standard Census geography ahead of Census 2001. The final product should be available following initial release of Census data in early 2002.
CHINS User Review
The Community Housing and Infrastructure Needs Survey (CHINS) was conducted on behalf of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Commission (ATSIC) for the first time in 1999. Plans are in place for a repeat of the survey in early 2001.
A user review of products from the 1999 CHINS is being conducted. Views obtained from users will be taken into account in designing the output for the next CHINS.
For more information, contact Kevin Beere on 08 8943 2141 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
NCATSIS Consultancy Service
NCATSIS provides a statistical consultancy service to clients including the production of customised tables and maps from the Censuses of Population and Housing over the period 1971 to 1996. Data are also available from the 1994 National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Survey and from the Community Housing and Infrastructure Needs Survey 1999. Please contact Rod Silburn on (08) 8943 2191 or email: email@example.com
The NCATSIS consultancy service is currently under review, with a view to improving the service and making it more responsive to client needs. In future the service will link with the ABS National Information Service in a more coordinated way.
Administrative statistics are produced as a by-product of the data collected routinely by a range of organisations.
NCATSIS in conjunction with ABS regional (state) offices and key stakeholders is facilitating a range of activities aimed at improving the quality of Indigenous data available through administrative data sources. Priority areas include birth and death registrations, hospital data, community services data, education and crime and justice statistics. Projects include data quality audits, training for data collectors, awareness raising for the general public and data collectors and documentation of best practice procedures including ‘less threatening strategies'. Improved data collections through administrative sources will provide information vital to planning and decision-making processes, and informing community debate.
For further information please contact NCATSIS or the ABS contact in your state:
NSW Allan McLean (02) 9268 4609 or email:
Qld John Alexander (07) 3222 6047or email:
SA Fiona Macgregor (08) 8237 7422 or email:
WA Chris Spencer (08) 93605237 or email:
NT Tracey Brandrup (08) 8943 2152 or email:
Vic Christine Sergi (03) 9615 7695 or email:
ACT Nives Marelic (02) 6207 0244 or email:
Tas Keith Churchill (03) 6222 5832 or email:
Australian Social Trends 2000
Australian Social Trends 2000 is the seventh annual edition in a series describing changes in Australia's social conditions. This year's edition, released in July, includes an article which highlights the differences between the social conditions of Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians - specifically in areas such as health, housing, education, and employment.
Australian Social Trends 2000 also includes an article about housing in remote Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities which provides information on housing adequacy, and the provision of drinking water, electricity, and sewerage systems for residents in these communities.
Additional statistics relating to the social conditions of Australia's Indigenous population - as well as a comprehensive range of other social statistics - are available in Australian Social Trends 2000 (Cat. No. 4102.0). To purchase your copy call the ABS National Information Service on 1300 135 070. Overseas clients please call 61 2 9268 4909.
Australian Housing Survey 1999
The Australian Housing Survey (AHS) was conducted between September and December 1999. The publication, Australian Housing Survey: Housing Characteristics, Costs and Conditions (Cat. no. 4182.0) represents the first release from this survey and presents summary information on the physical characteristics and condition of dwellings, with emphasis given to the costs, affordability and adequacy of housing.The publication was released on 31 October 2000. For further information contact Di Chambers on 02 6252 5508 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Births Australia, (Cat. no. 3301.0) was released on 16 November 2000.
Deaths Australia, (Cat.no. 3302.0) is was released on 18 December 2000
Labour Force Survey
An Occasional Paper, Labour Force Characteristics of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians, Experimental Estimates from the Labour Force Survey, 1994 to 2000, (Cat. no. 6287.0) was released on 20 December 2000. This paper provides experimental estimates of the labour force characteristics of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians using data from the Labour Force Survey. The paper also draws attention to statistical and data quality issues that should be considered when using the estimates The entire publication is available on the ABS web site. For further information contact Harry Kroon, Director, Labour Market Statistics in Canberra (02) 6252 6753 or email harry.kroon @abs.gov.au .
Housing Survey - Indigenous Supplement
A secondary publication from the AHS, Australian Housing Survey: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Results (Cat. no. 4712.0), will present selected data on the housing characteristics of the Indigenous population, excluding those living in remote areas. Equivalent data for the non-Indigenous population of Australia are also presented for comparison of results. This publication is due for release in January 2001. For further information contact Marie Grealy on 02 6252 5943 or email email@example.com
Health and Welfare
The Health and Welfare of Australia’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples 2001, (Cat. no. 4704.0) is due for release in August 2001.
ABS SERVICES OF PARTICULAR INTEREST
AusStats is a web based service available by subscription from the ABS. AusStats is updated daily at 11:30 am, providing full access to the latest facts and figures about the nation.
- AusStats allows access to a wide range of information, including:
- All ABS publications from 1998 onwards in Adobe Acrobat format (.pdf)
- Over 2,000 spreadsheets
- Multidimensional datasets in SuperTABLE format
- Census Basic Community Profiles to the Statistical Local Area (SLA) level in Excel spreadsheet format
- Free summary information including Main Features, Release Advices and Australia Now and extensive linking between related information
Finding information with AusStats is easy as it contains extensive linking between related information, full text search and bookmarking facility and much more.
AusStats is only available by subscription with subscription options starting at $1,080. To organise a subscription or to find out more about AusStats you can contact ABS on 1300 135 070, or email (firstname.lastname@example.org).
ABS Web Site
This web site contains information on a wide range of social and general statistical data. In particular, the Themes/Indigenous pages provide a wealth of information regarding sources of data on Indigenous issues, with links to other relevant web sites.
The Health and Welfare of Australia's Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples (Cat.no. 4704.0) Cost: $41.00
This publication is the second edition in a biennial series of reports which provides a comprehensive statistical overview, largely at national level, of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health and welfare. An executive summary of this publication is available on the ABS Web Site.
Assessing the Quality of Identification of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People in Hospital Data
Examines the completeness of identification of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in hospital separation data. The publication also outlines the method used to assess quality of data collections, caveats associated with the procedure, and an Interviewer training package. Copies are available free, direct from NCATSIS
The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Information Plan ...This time, let’s make it happen
A report prepared for the Australian Health Ministers’ Advisory Council by the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health and Welfare Information Unit, a joint program of the Australian Bureau of Statistics and the Australian Institue of Health and Welfare.This publication was first released in October 1997, and has recently been re-printed. Copies are available free, direct from NCATSIS.
NCATSIS Contact details are:
Phone NCATSIS on (08) 8943 2191
Phone (Free Call): 1800 633 216 (outside Darwin)
Fax: (08) 8941 6276
National Centre for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Statistics, Australian Bureau of Statistics
GPO Box 3796
Darwin NT 0801
OTHER SELECTED ABS PUBLICATIONS
- Anderson P, Bhatia K & Cunningham J, 1996, Occasional Paper: Mortality of Indigenous Australians , Cat no. 3315.0, ABS, Canberra.
- Australian Bureau of Statistics, 1996 , 1994 National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Survey: Health of Indigenous Australians, Cat. no. 4395.0, ABS Canberra
- Cunningham J, 1997, Occasional Paper: Cigarette Smoking among Indigenous Australians, Cat. no. 4701.0, ABS, Canberra.
- Australian Bureau of Statistics and Australian Institute of Health and Welfare, 1997, The Health and Welfare of Australia's Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples, Cat. no. 4704.0, ABS, Canberra.
- Cunningham J, Sibthorpe B, Anderson I, 1997, Occasional Paper: Self-assessed Health Status, Indigenous Australians, Cat. no. 4707.0, ABS, Canberra.
- Cunningham J & Mackerras D, 1998, Occasional Paper: Overweight and Obesity, Indigenous Australians, Cat. no. 4702.0, ABS, Canberra.
- Australian Bureau of Statistics, 1999, 1995 National Health Survey: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Results, Australia, Cat. no. 4806.0, ABS, Canberra.
- Cunningham J, & Beneforti M, 2000, Occasional Paper: Hospital Statistics, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians, 1997-98, Cat. No. 4711.0, ABS Canberra.
- Cunningham J, & Paradies Y, 2000, Occasional Paper, Mortality of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians, 1997, Cat. No. 3315.0, ABS Canberra.
Education, Training and Employment
- Daly, A.1995, Occasional Paper: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People in the Australian Labour Market, 1986 and 1991, ABS Cat no 6253.0, ABS, Canberra
- Australian Bureau of Statistics and Centre for Aboriginal Economic Policy Research, 1996, National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Survey: Employment Outcomes for Indigenous Australians, Cat. no. 4199.0, ABS, Canberra.
- Australian Bureau of Statistics, 1996 , National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Survey: Australia's Indigenous Youth, Cat.no. 4197.0, ABS, Canberra.
- Australian Bureau of Statistics, 1996, National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Survey: Housing Characteristics and Conditions ,Cat. no. 4187.0, ABS, Canberra.
- Australian Bureau of Statistics, 1997, Population Distribution, Indigenous Australians, 1996 , Cat. no. 4705.0, ABS, Canberra.
- Australian Bureau of Statistics, 1997, 1996 Census of Population and Housing: Indigenous Profiles, Cat. no. 2020.0, ABS, Canberra.
- Mukherjee S, Carcach C, McDonald D, Barnes T, 1998, Occasional Paper: Law and Justice Issues, Indigenous Australians, Cat. no. 4189.0, ABS, Canberra.
- Australian Bureau of Statistics, 1998, 1996 Census of Population and H ousing: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People, Australia, Cat. nos. 2034.0 - 2034.8 (States & Territories), ABS, Canberra
- Ross K, 1999, Occasional Paper: Population Issues, Indigenous Australians, Cat. no. 4708.0, ABS, Canberra.
- Australian Bureau of Statistics, 2000, Housing and Infrastructure in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Communities, Australia, 1999, Cat no. 4710.0, ABS, Canberra.
This page first published 22 December 2000, last updated 8 December 2006