Australian Bureau of Statistics
Indigenous - Community Housing and Infrastructure Needs Survey (CHINS) 2006
Development is underway for the next CHINS which will be conducted in 2006.
For Indigenous organisations that own or manage housing, the survey will ask about:
Who we need to talk to:
ABS interviewers will collect information from IHOs and community representatives, rather than from all members of the community. Interviews will be conducted with people such as the community council chairperson, council clerks, housing officers, water and essential services officers and health clinic administrators.
How the data will be used:
The information collected will be used by a range of Commonwealth, state and territory agencies for policy and program development. Housing, water, sewerage, power supply, education, health and other services are all important to the health and well-being of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples across Australia. FaCS, state and territory agencies, Indigenous Communities and Indigenous Coordination Centres (ICCs) all need information about the conditions in Indigenous communities to plan for the services needed by the people living in those communities.
The information will provide service delivery agencies and policy makers with a better understanding of the needs of Indigenous communities. Information from the 2001 survey is currently being used to better direct government funding to communities most in need.
For example, FaCS has used the CHINS data to support the following:
The data collected from 2006 CHINS will be compared with data from the 2001 and 1999 surveys to track changes in housing and infrastructure circumstances in Indigenous communities. Information from CHINS 2006 will be available to communities to assist them in identifying significant issues for their region.
FaCS commitment to providers of data for the CHINS:
FaCS will store the information securely and will ensure that it is used only for the purposes for which it was collected. Use of the data will be governed by strict security and confidentiality protocols, and by written agreement to abide by these conditions.
CHINS publications and products:
A publication containing national, state and territory data from the 2006 CHINS is expected to be released in March 2007. Communities will each be provided with a summary statistical profile returning key CHINS data for their own community as well as a regional summary of CHINS information. Summary profiles will also be provided to Indigenous Housing Organisations returning their key CHINS data items to them.
Housing and Infrastructure in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Communities, Australia, 2001 (Cat. no. 4710.0)
This publication presents results from the 2001 CHINS.
For further information:
If you would like more information about CHINS please contact the ABS Indigenous and General Surveys Section on 1800 022 973.
This page first published 26 September 2005, last updated 15 November 2007