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Q. What do I need to know as a Survey Participant or Provider of information?
Q. How were details of my business obtained?
Q. Why was my house selected?
Q. I have recently received an Agricultural Survey form why?
Q. Do I have to respond to this survey?
Q. I work in the Building and Construction Industry why did I receive a survey form?


Q. What do I need to know as a Survey Participant or Provider of information?

A. The ABS is grateful for the cooperation of businesses and households participating in ABS collections and for completing survey forms promptly. This enables early processing and timely release of results from our collections.

To ensure participants are fully informed about the process of completing survey forms we have developed Survey Participant FAQs.

Survey Participant Information also includes why you were chosen and who will be using this information.

The ABS, as an accredited Integrating Authority, may use the information provided for Statistical Data Integration. This involves the bringing together of data from different sources to enable analysis of a combined set of information for statistical and research purposes. Statistical Data Integration creates new opportunities to use existing data for research, reducing the need to collect additional information from people and organisations. For more information, visit the Statistical Data Integration homepage.

Answers to other frequently asked questions by providers can be found in the Service Industries Statistics page.


Q. How were details of my business obtained?

A. In order to provide and maintain accurate records of businesses to be covered in censuses and surveys, the ABS maintains a central register of businesses and organisations across Australia. Businesses in the sample are randomly selected to represent other businesses with similar characteristics, such as income or number of employees. Some businesses must be included in the sample because they contribute substantially to their particular industry, region or group. Further information on business and other selected surveys can be found in the:

Business Survey Participant Information
Business Indicators Respondent page
Economic Activity Survey
Labour Survey Respondents Help page
Survey of Tourist Accommodation
Survey of Financial Information
Household Survey participant information
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Q. Why was my house selected?

A. A sample of dwellings (not individuals) is selected at random throughout Australia using mathematical sampling techniques to ensure that every household in each state/territory has the same chance of selection. Once a dwelling has been selected it cannot be swapped for another, as dwellings have already had their chance of selection. Sometimes interviewers will need to speak to everybody in the household and sometimes only one person will need to be interviewed. People in selected dwellings represent similar people in their community. Your cooperation is vital to ensure that people like you are properly represented in the survey results.


Q. I have recently received an Agricultural Survey form why?

A. If you have recently received an agriculture related survey form from the ABS, the Agricultural Surveys page will help you understand why the collection of these data are so important. Included in this page is a list of frequently asked questions and answers on the uses of agricultural data. A list of contacts is also provided should you wish to discuss any aspect of these collections.


Q. Do I have to respond to this survey?

A. The ABS relies on the willing cooperation of businesses selected in our surveys to provide accurate information as requested. The vast majority of businesses respond to our requests for information. However, the Census and Statistics Act 1905 provides the Australian Statistician with the power, if necessary, to direct you in writing to answer the questions.


Q. I work in the Building and Construction Industry why did I receive a survey form?

A. Statistics of building activity are key economic indicators and used in determining government economic and social policy, and by private industry in determining production plans and distribution arrangements for a wide range of commodities. More information can be found at Building & Construction frequently asked questions.

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