The data from the latest National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Survey (NATSISS) has been released. The 2008 NATSISS was conducted by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) from August 2008 to April 2009, collecting information from approximately 13,300 Indigenous Australians living in private dwellings in remote and non-remote areas, including discrete communities. The survey asked questions about aspects of Indigenous culture and language; self assessed health; social networks; housing; education, employment and income; and law and justice. For the first time children aged 0-14 years were included in the survey.
The 2008 NATSISS provides information on a range of demographic, social, environmental and economic indicators, including: personal and household characteristics; geography; language and cultural activities; social networks and support; health and disability; education; employment; financial stress; income; transport; personal safety; and housing.
Topics summarised in this release include language and culture, social networks and support, health, education, work, housing and financial stress. More detailed results for these and other topics from the survey, including additional data cubes, are available from the Downloads tab.
WORK IN PROGRESS
Development of the next General Social Survey (GSS) is almost complete. The GSS is run every four years. About 15,000 households will be selected to participate in the survey, which is scheduled to be conducted in the second half of 2010. Output is expected to be available in late 2011. The GSS provides important information about children and youth.
This page first published 29 November 2007, last updated 22 April 2010