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Q. What information does the ABS collect on Families & Communities?
Q. Do you have any information on Australian living standards?
Q. Where can I find information on Housing?
Q. Does the ABS collect information about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander populations and why?


Q. What information does the ABS collect on Families & Communities?

A. The ABS publishes and produces a range of statistics relevant to the family and community which can be obtained in a number of ways.

The Directory of Child and Family statistics relates directly or indirectly to families and children in Australia. It provides descriptive information on various data sources, data items available, frequency of collections, publications produced and any reliability/confidentiality provisions.

The Families & Communities page also provides links to ABS contacts who can provide assistance in obtaining data and answer general queries.


Q. Do you have any information on Australian living standards?

A. The Personal, Family and Household Finances page has various information relating to personal, family and household finances. It also provides links to ABS contacts who can provide assistance in obtaining data and answer general queries. An important focus is public policy to ensure acceptable living conditions (or living standards) for all Australians.

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Q. Where can I find information on Housing?

A. The Housing page provides information on Income, Finance and Owner Occupation, House Price, Building Approvals, Population, Community Housing, Rental Investors and Rental Tenants. The adequacy of housing is an important component of individual wellbeing. Housing also has great significance in the national economy, with its influence on investment levels, interest rates, building activity and employment.


Q. Does the ABS collect information about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander populations and why?

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The ABS does collect information about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander populations. Most of this information is collected through the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Survey, the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Survey and the Census of Population and Housing. From these collections a wide range of information about Indigenous populations has, and will continue to be published, including statistics about health, education, culture, language, housing and labour force participation.

There are many reasons why the ABS collects information about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander populations. These reasons include providing a better understanding of the populations' characteristics and how they are fairing in areas of social concern. ABS data can also assist understanding about the inter-relationships between different areas of social concern and how these relationships affect multiple and intrenched disadvantage some Indigenous people experience. This understanding can in turn assist informed public policy and program development in areas such as health, housing, education, employment and social and cultural well-being.

Recently there has been a renewed government focus on monitoring and reducing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander disadvantage in comparison to the non-Indigenous population. The ABS is committed to improving the quality and comprehensiveness of Indigenous data to assist in this monitoring. To find more information on these factors visit the Indigenous pages.

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