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APPENDIX 3 AVAILABLE INFORMATION

Childhood and Maternal Health
The Abuse and Neglect of Children
Childrens Learning and Development
Youth Educational Attainment and Participation
Transitions to Independent Living
Social Participation of Youth
Risk Behaviours
Other Relevant Children and Youth Data Sources

This Appendix presents a list of national statistical information relevant to children and youth. The list is comprehensive, though not exhaustive, and is presented using the key issues framework (as described in Chapter 3). Each entry relates to a specific source (e.g. sample survey, administrative collection, research study or analysis) and provides the name and description of the source (including information about the latest available outputs and where to find them), the custodian agency and the age coverage.

For many of the sources listed in this appendix, microdatasets are a critical product made available for research. For example, for most ABS household surveys, at least one Confidentialised Unit Record File (CURF) is released. A CURF is a file of responses to an ABS survey that has had specific identifying information about a person or organisation confidentialised. ABS CURFs are released in basic form on CD-ROM and in expanded detail through the ABS Remote Access Data Laboratory. For more information on ABS CURF availability and access arrangements see the CURF Microdata Entry Page on the ABS website. For many of the non-ABS sources listed in this appendix, microdata releases are also key outputs available for research (e.g. longitudinal microdatasets are released from both the LSAC and the HILDA Survey). See the references under each non-ABS source for details of microdata availability and access arrangements.

    CHILDHOOD AND MATERNAL HEALTH

    AgencySource NameDescriptionAge Coverage (years)
    ABSBirths (administrative)The collection brings together information on all registered births in Australia provided from the Registrar of Birth, Deaths and Marriages in each state/territory. It covers sex, month of occurrence, nuptiality, plurality, birth weight, mothers and fathers details (including age, usual residence, country of birth and duration of marriage) and Indigenous status. Collections conducted annually, latest available data are 2004. Results are published in Births, Australia (ABS cat. no. 3301.0) available on the ABS' website.All ages
    ABSCauses of Death (administrative)The collection brings together information on all deaths registered in Australia, including perinatal deaths, provided from the Registrar of Birth, Deaths and Marriages in each state/territory. The collection covers causes of death, age, sex and Indigenous status. Collections conducted annually, latest available data are 2004. Results are published in Causes of Death, Australia (ABS cat. no. 3303.0) available on the ABS' website.All ages
    ABSChild Immunisation and Health Screening SurveyThe survey collected information about the immunisation of children from birth to six years, as well as sight, hearing and dental screening of children from birth to 14 years. Demographics such as sex, age and family characteristics as well as where vaccinations were received and reasons for non-vaccination were included. One-off survey conducted in 1995. Results are published in Children's Immunisation, Australia (ABS cat .no. 4352.0) available on the ABS' website.Birth–6 years for immunis-
    ation and birth–14 years for other health topics
    ABSDeaths (administrative)The collection brings together information for all deaths registered in Australia, provided from the Registrar of Birth, Deaths and Marriages in each state/territory. It covers age at death, sex, month of occurrence, country of birth and Indigenous status. Collections conducted annually, latest available data are 2004. Results are published in Deaths, Australia (ABS cat. no. 3302.0) available on the ABS' website.All ages
    ABSNational Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Survey (NATSIHS)This survey collects a range of information from Indigenous Australians about health-related issues and socioeconomic circumstances. The 2004–05 NATSIHS provides information on long-term health conditions, injuries and health-related actions for Indigenous people of all ages. Other relevant data include: breast-feeding status for children aged 0–3 years; reported immunisation for children 0–6 years; and dietary behaviours (fruit and vegetable intake, type of milk consumed, and added salt) for people aged 12 years and over. In addition, there are a number of household level measures which may indicate whether resident children are at increased risk of abuse and/or neglect. These include: financial stress, overcrowding and number of smokers in household. The survey will be conducted six-yearly. Results are published in National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Survey (ABS cat. no. 4715.0) available on the ABS' website.All ages
    ABSNational Health SurveyThis survey collects a range of information about health-related issues. The survey covers indicators of health status (e.g. self-assessed health status, long-term conditions including asthma and diabetes), health-related actions taken (e.g. visits to hospitals, consultations with health professionals and use of medications), health risk factors for adults (e.g. smoking, alcohol consumption, diet, exercise, height, weight, breastfeeding and immunisation) and demographic and socioeconomic characteristics (e.g. Indigenous status, income and housing). Regular surveys conducted three-yearly, latest available data are 2004–05. Results are published in National Health Survey: Summary of Results (ABS cat. no. 4364.0) available on the ABS' website.All ages
    ABSNational Nutrition Survey, 1995The survey collected a range of food and nutrition information. The survey covered food and beverage intake, physical measurements (height, weight, waist and hip circumferences) and eating habits and patterns (usual type of diet, addition of salt to food and desired dietary changes). One-off survey conducted in 1995 in conjunction with the then Department of Health and Aged Care. Results are published in National Nutrition Survey: Selected Highlights (ABS cat. no. 4802.0) available on the ABS' website.Two years and over
    ABSNational Survey of Mental Health and Wellbeing of AdultsThe survey provides information on the prevalence of a range of major mental disorders for Australian adults. The survey covers chronic physical conditions and disability, health service use as a consequence of a mental health problems and perceived need for health services. The survey also includes questions on number of children and age when children were born, which provides information on maternal mental health. First conducted in 1997 in conjunction with the then Department of Health and Aged Care. The next survey is in 2007. Results are published in Mental Health and Wellbeing: Profile of Adults, Australia (ABS cat. no. 4326.0) available on the ABS' website.18 years and over
    ABSSurvey of Children’s Participation in Selected Culture and Leisure ActivitiesThe survey provides details on participation in selected organised cultural activities, organised sports and selected leisure activities undertaken outside of school hours. Leisure activities include bike riding, reading, watching television or videos and computer usage. Information is available on the hours spent on each activity in the most recent two school weeks and for the sport and cultural activities, the number of times participated in the previous 12-months. The survey was conducted in 2000, 2003 and 2006. Results are published in Children’s Participation in Selected Culture and Leisure Activities, Australia (ABS cat. no. 4901.0) available on the ABS' website.5–14 years
    ABSSurvey of Disability, Ageing and CarersThe survey provides a wide range of information about people with a disability, older people and people who assist older people and people with disabilities. Extensive information is available for children under 15 and with a disability. The survey also provides information on mothers. Regular survey conducted five-yearly, latest available data are 2003. Results are published in the Survey of Disability Ageing and Carers, Australia: Summary of Findings (ABS cat. no. 4430.0) available on the ABS' website.All ages
    AIFSAustralian Temperament Project (ATP)The ATP is a longitudinal study of the psychosocial development of children born in Victoria, between September 1982 and January 1983. The survey collects information on children's temperament, emotional and behavioural adjustment as well as family and environmental characteristics. Thirteen waves of data have been collected by mail surveys from 4–8 months of age to 19–20 years of age. Publications are produced regularly and are available on the AIFS' website (www.aifs.gov.au/atp/pubs.html).Children born between September 1982–January 1983
    AIHW and General Practice Statistics and Classification Unit (University of Sydney)Bettering the Evaluation and Care of Health (BEACH)The BEACH program continuously collects a range of practice related information from general practitioners. The survey covers patients seen, reasons people seek medical care, problems managed and treatments provided in general practice in Australia. The collection is conducted annually, the latest available data are 2004–05. Results are published in General Practice Activity in Australia available on the following website www.fmrc.org.au/beach.htmAll ages
    AIHWChild Dental Health Survey The survey provides epidemiological and service provision data concerning children’s dental health in Australia. The survey covers the number of deciduous and permanent teeth that are decayed, missing or filled, immediate treatment needs and number of teeth which have a fissure sealant. The survey is conducted annually. Children not enrolled with the school dental service are not represented in the sample. The latest report available is 2006, based on 2001 data. Results are published in Socioeconomic differences in Children’s Dental Health: The Child Dental Health Survey Australia 2001 available on the AIHW's website
    (www.aihw.gov.au).
    Ages 4–12
    AIHWNational Cancer Statistics Clearing House (administrative)This Clearing House provides information on the incidence of cancer in the Australian population, including the number of new cases and age-specific rates for all registerable cancers, excluding non-melanocytic skin cancer, by year of diagnosis, sex and age. Ongoing administrative collection with analyses of specific cancer sites, cancer histology, differentials in cancer rates by country of birth, geographical variation, trends over time and survival are produced regularly. Available on the AIHW's website
    (www.aihw.gov.au).
    All ages
    AIHWNational Dental Telephone Interview SurveyThe survey collected a wide range of information on dental health. The survey covers oral health status, dental treatment (such as time, place of and reason for last dental visit, services received in the previous year and waiting time), perceived needs, social impact of dental health, hardship and affordability, difficulties associated with dental care and socio-demographic and economic details. Irregular survey, latest available data are 2002. Results are published in National Dental Telephone Interview Survey 2002 available on the AIHW's website (www.aihw.gov.au).Five years and over
    AIHWNational Hospital Morbidity Database (administrative)The collection compiles electronic confidentialised summary records for admitted patients separated in public and private hospitals in Australia since 1993-94. The database includes information on principal diagnosis, age, sex and Indigenous status. Diagnoses, procedures length of stay and external causes of injury and poisoning are recorded using ICD-10-AM (ICD-9-AM was used until 1997-98). Data is reported annually, latest available data are 2003-04. Results are published in Australian Hospital Statistics available on AIHW's website. (www.aihw.gov.au).All ages
    AIHWNational Notifiable Diseases Surveillance System (administrative)This system coordinates the surveillance of more than 40 communicable diseases. The system covers unique record reference number, state or territory code, disease code, date of onset, date of notification to the relevant health authority, sex, age and Indigenous status. Ongoing surveillance system producing regular reports on specific diseases available on the AIHW's website. All ages
    AIHWNational Perinatal Minimum Data Set (administrative)The Perinatal databse contains national data on all births and perinatal deaths in hospitals, birth centres and the community. Data are collection from perinatal administrative and clinical record systems and forwarded regularly to the relevant State or Territory health authority. Data for each year ending 31 December are then provided annually to the National Perinatal Statistical Unit for the national collection. The information collected includes characteristics of the mother; including their pregnancy, labour, childbirth and puerperium, and maternal characteristics; and the characteristics and outcomes of their babies. The perinatal statistics are published regularly with latest being 2005 available from the following website www.npsu.unsw.edu.au/Publications.htm#PSChildren at least 400g or 20 weeks gestation and their mothers.
    DoHAThe Child and Adolescent Component of the National Survey Of Mental Health and Wellbeing, 1998The survey collects information on mental health problems among children and adolescents in Australia. It also provides information about the degree of disability associated with mental health problems and the extent to which children and adolescents are receiving help for their problems. The survey used behaviour checklists to identify mental health problems and the Diagnostic Interview Schedule for Children to identify mental disorders. Mental health problems, health related quality of life and degree of disability information was obtained from parents of children aged four to 12. One-off survey conducted in 1998. Results are published in Child and Adolescent Component of the National Survey Of Mental Health and Wellbeing: Mental Health of Young People in Australia available on the DoHA's website
    (www.health.gov.au).
    Birth–17 years
    FaCSIA, CCCH and ICHRAustralian Early Development Index (AEDI)This index is managed jointly by the CCCH and the ICHR, and funded by FaCSIA. The AEDI is a community level index of young children's development, based on the scores from a teacher-completed checklist. The AEDI covers child physical health and wellbeing including gross and fine motor skills, motor coordination and daily living skills. An initial three year project which commenced in 2004. The latest available report is 2004-05. Results are available from the AEDI website (www.australianedi.org.au).Children in their first year of formal schooling
    FaCSIA and AIFSGrowing Up in Australia: the longitudinal study of Australian childrenGrowing Up in Australia is a longitudinal study that explores family and social issues and addresses a range of research questions about children's development and wellbeing. The study collects information on the importance of family and child connections to later life. It also collects information on the impact over time of early health experiences, including conditions effecting the child’s physical development (e.g. low birth weight, immunisation, in-utero exposure to stress and drugs, nutrition, chronic illness or injury, parental disorders including maternal depression) and infant mental health including early conduct disorder. The study is funded for four waves and began in 2004. The following three waves are planned every two years thereafter. The latest available report is 2004. Results are published in the Annual Report available on the AIFS' website (www.aifs.gov.au).Two cohorts aged birth–1 year and 4–5 years in 2003/04
    Health Insurance CommissionAustralian Childhood Immunisation Register (ACIR) (administrative)The ACIR is a national database containing information on the immunisation status of children registered with Medicare who are under seven years of age. The register collects information on the number vaccinated, immunisation provider, number of valid vaccinations and number of children fully immunised for various age cohorts. Ongoing register, latest data available are March 2006. Data are available from the Health Care Providers section of Medicare Australia's website (www.medicareaustralia.gov.au). Birth–6 years
    Mater Hospital and The University of QueenslandMater-University of Queensland Study of PregnancyThis longitudinal study has been running for over 20 years, providing health and wellbeing information of both mother and child from pregnancy up to when these children turned 21. The study covers maternal lifestyle, maternal mental health, maternal child rearing practices, maternal health, pregnancy outcomes, child health, child behaviour and maternal demographics. Data has been collected in five waves. The most recent collection was when the children were aged 21. Previous waves were collected at birth, six months, four and 14. Latest reports available are 2006. A range of publications are available on the University of Queensland's website (www.ansoc.uq.edu.au).Mothers and their children (born in 1981–83) when the child was born, six months, four, 14 and 21.
    University of
    Newcastle
    Australian Longitudinal Study on Women's Health

    This longitudinal study was designed to explore factors that influence health among Australian women over a 20 year period. The study collects data on physical and emotional health, the use of health services, health behaviours and risk factors, time use, socio-demographic factors and life stages and key events (of particular interest childbirth). Data collected every three years from 1996, latest annual report is 2004. A range of publications are available on the Women's Health Australia website
    (www.alswh.org.au/).
    Three cohorts aged 18–23 years, 45–50 years and 70–75 years in 1996


    THE ABUSE AND NEGLECT OF CHILDREN

    AgencySource NameDescriptionAge Coverage (years)
    ABSRecorded Crime–Victims (administrative)Includes administrative data on crime collected from police agencies in each state/territory in Australia. Recorded crime–Victims covers the level and nature of recorded crime, including assault and sexual assault. Details such as age of victim, sex of victim and relationship to offender are collected. Recorded Crime is an annual collection, last publication (2005 reference period) was released in May 2006. Results are published in Recorded Crime–Victims, Australia (ABS cat. no. 4510.0) available on the ABS' website.All ages
    ABSPersonal Safety SurveyThe survey collects a range of information on both men and women's safety at home and in the community. The survey covers general safety, harassment and stalking, in addition to experiences of physical and sexual violence, the nature of the violence, the actions taken after experiencing violence and the effect on their life. It also covers experience of physical and sexual abuse as a child and since the age of 15. This 2005 survey replaces the Women's Safety Survey (1996), which only surveyed women. Data are expected to be released in August 2006. Results are published in Personal Safety, Australia (ABS cat. no. 4906.0) available on the ABS' website.18 years and over
    AIFSNational Child Protection Clearinghouse (administrative)The National Child Protection Clearinghouse collects, produces and distributes information and resources, conducts research and offers specialist advice on the latest developments in child abuse prevention, child protection and associated violence. Reports and discussion papers are published regularly, available on the AIFS' website (www.aifs.gov.au/nch/).
    AIHWChild Protection Notifications, Investigations and Substantiations (administrative)Collects information on notifications, investigations and findings (i.e. substantiation or not) of child abuse, neglect and maltreatment or harm to a child. It covers information including the type of abuse, family type, and source of notification. Indigenous status is also collected. Collection conducted annually, latest report available in Child Protection, Australia 2004–05 available on the AIHW's website (www.aihw.gov.au).Birth–17 years
    AIHWChildren in Out-of-Home Care (administrative)Collects information on children in out-of-home overnight care, in both legal and voluntary placements, where the state makes a financial payment. Excludes children who are living with their parents and placements made in disability services, psychiatric services, SAAP services, juvenile justice facilities, and overnight child care services. It covers placement type, length of time in continuous out-of-home care, whether on an order and information on exits. Indigenous status is also collected. Collection conducted annually, latest report available in Child Protection 2004–05 available on the AIHW's website
    (www.aihw.gov.au).
    Birth–17 years
    AIHWChildren on Care and Protection Orders (administrative)Collects information on guardianship or custody orders; supervision and other finalised orders; and interim and temporary orders. Data for children on juvenile justice orders are not included in this collection. Collects information regarding living arrangements (foster care, out-of-home care, family care) duration of an order and number of primary caseworkers. Indigenous status is also collected. Collection conducted annually, latest report available in Child Protection 2004–05 available on the AIHW's website (www.aihw.gov.au).Birth–17 years on care and protection orders, children aged 18 years who were discharged from care and protection
    AIHWSupported Accommodation Assistance Program (SAAP) National Data Collection (administrative)Collects information on the services provided to clients of the SAAP and of the Agencies funded to deliver those services. Includes information about the clients receiving support (including women and children escaping domestic violence), information about each SAAP agency, the level of unmet demand for SAAP services, and short term or one off assistance provided to homeless people. SAAP data are reported annually, latest available data are 2004–05. Results are published in SAAP National Data Collection Annual Report available on the AIHW's website (www.aihw.gov.au).All ages
    FaCSIAAustralian Domestic and Family Violence ClearinghouseThe Australian Domestic and Family Violence Clearinghouse is a national resource on issues of domestic violence and family violence. It provides a central point for the collection and dissemination of Australian domestic and family violence policy, practice and research. The Clearinghouse produces quarterly newsletters and issue papers, and, from time to time, comprehensive literature reviews and occasional research reports.


    CHILDREN'S LEARNING AND DEVELOPMENT

    AgencySource NameDescriptionAge Coverage (years)
    ABSCensus of Population and HousingThe Census collects a wide range of information on the social, economic and housing characteristics of Australians. It provides data on children's attendance at an educational institution. The Census is conducted five-yearly and the latest available data are 2001. It will next be conducted in August 2006. Data are available at the state/territory level as well as sub-state level. Results are published in Census of Population and Housing: Basic Community Profiles (ABS cat. no. 2001.0) available on the ABS' website.All ages
    ABSChild Care SurveyThis survey, focussing on children aged 0–12 years and their families, collects information about the use of formal and informal child care; requirements for additional child care; patterns of attendance; child care costs; parental income; and working arrangements used by parents to help care for their children. It also provides information about pre-school attendance. The survey is conducted three-yearly with the most recent in June 2005 and the next will be conducted in June 2008. Results are published in Child Care, Australia (ABS cat. no. 4402.0) available on the ABS' website.Birth–12 years in 2005, birth–11 years previously
    ABSNational School Statistics Collection (administrative)The National Schools Statistics Collection is an aggregation of selected data from annual state/territory and federal government school censuses. It provides information regarding government and non-government schools both primary and secondary, students and staffing data. The data collected enable derivation of apparent retention rates, age participation rates and student/teaching staff ratios. Information is available at the state/territory level and includes equivalent data on Indigenous students. Collection conducted annually, latest available data are 2005. Results are published in Schools, Australia (ABS cat. no. 4221.0) available on the ABS' website.School aged children
    ABSSurvey of Children’s Participation in Selected Culture and Leisure ActivitiesThe survey collects details on participation in selected organised cultural activities, organised sports and selected leisure activities undertaken outside of school hours. Leisure activities include bike riding, reading, watching television or videos and computer usage. Information is available on the hours spent on each activity in the most recent two school weeks and for the sport and cultural activities, the number of times participated in the previous 12-months. The survey was conducted in 2000, 2003 and 2006. Results are published in Children’s Participation in Selected Culture and Leisure Activities, Australia (ABS cat. no. 4901.0) available on the ABS' website.5–14 years
    ABSSurvey of Disability Ageing and CarersThe survey collects a wide range of information about people with a disability, older people and people who assist older people and people with disabilities. Information is available for children under 15 with a disability including education restrictions, need for assistance and standard demographics. Regular survey conducted five-yearly, latest available data are 2003. Results are published in the Survey of Disability Ageing and Carers, Australia: Summary of Findings (ABS cat. no. 4430.0) available on the ABS' website.All ages
    ABSTime UseThis survey collects information about how people aged 15 years and over spend their time. It includes data about the relationship of the people with whom, and for whom, various activities were undertaken by survey respondents. As well as data about the time people spend in education-related activities the survey also provides data about the time parents spend with their children in education-related activities at home Regular survey, latest available 1997 and was conducted again in 2006. The 2006 data will be released in August 2007. Results are published in How Australians Use Their Time (ABS cat. no. 4153.0) available on the ABS' website.15 years and over
    ACERLongitudinal Literacy and Numeracy Study (LLANS)Data on literacy and numeracy have been collected each year from a national sample of 1000 children who commenced school in 1999. Assessment tasks in literacy and numeracy were developed at ACER specifically for LLANS. Seven surveys have now been carried out: two in the first and second years of schooling, and one in the third, fourth and fifth years. Major outcomes of the study have been the development of the LLANS literacy and numeracy scales, showing how the literacy and numeracy skills of children typically developed over their first three years at school; and a published report. This report, Meiers M. et al (2006), Growth in Literacy and Numeracy in the First Three Years of School, ACER Research Monograph No 61, is available on the ACER's website (www.acer.edu.au).Primary school aged children
    ACERProject Good StartThis longitudinal study examines the practices and early learning experiences of children in the year before school and in their first year of schooling. Data was collected from pre-schools, early childhood centres and primary schools, to investigate the practice and learning experiences that best support children’s early numeracy development. The study was conducted in 2002 and 2003 and data were reported in 2005. Results are published in Numeracy in the Early Years: Project Good Start available on the ACER's website (www.acer.edu.au).Children in the year before school
    ACER and the International Association for the Evaluation of Educational AchievementTrends in International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS)The TIMSS is a project of the International Association for the Evaluation of Educational Achievement. It is the world's longest running mathematics and science study, designed to help countries all over the world improve student learning. It collects educational achievement data at Year 4 and Year 8 to provide information about trends in performance on mathematics and science over time. This world-wide assessment and research project, involving 60 countries, also routinely collects extensive background information about teacher preparation, resource availability and the use of technology. ACER is responsible for undertaking the data collection in Australian schools. TIMSS is conducted on a four-year cycle (1994/95, 1998/99, 2002/03 and 2006/07). More information on TIMSS is available from the ACER's website (www.acer.edu.au).Students in Year 4 and Year 8
    AIFSCommunities and Families Clearinghouse AustraliaThe Communities and Families Clearinghouse Australia provides an information and support role for the FaCSIA's 2004-2009 Stronger Families and Communities Strategy. The Clearinghouse aims to improve access to current information and resources to inform policy, practice and research in the fields of early intervention and childhood development. There is an emphasis on young families, early learning and care, support for families and parents, child friendly communities and family and children's services working effectively. The Clearinghouse also brings together national and international research, as well as policy and practice initiatives. The Clearinghouse is accessible from the AIFS' website (www.aifs.gov.au).
    AIFSAustralian Temperament Project (ATP)The ATP is a longitudinal study of the psychosocial development of children born in Victoria, between September 1982 and January 1983. The survey collects information on school adjustment as well as family and environmental characteristics. Thirteen waves of data have been collected by mail surveys from 4–8 months of age to 19–20 years of age. Publications are produced regularly and are available on the AIFS' website
    (www.aifs.gov.au/atp/pubs.html).
    Children born between September 1982–January 1983
    FaCSIA, CCCH and ICHRAustralian Early Development Index
    (AEDI)
    This index is managed jointly by the CCCH and the ICHR, and funded by FaCSIA. The AEDI is a community level index of young children's development, based on the scores from a teacher-completed checklist. The AEDI covers child physical health and wellbeing including gross and fine motor skills, motor coordination and daily living skills. An initial three year project which commenced in 2004. The latest available report is 2004-05. Results are available from the AEDI website
    (www.australianedi.org.au).
    Children in their first year of formal schooling
    DESTClearinghouse for National Literacy and Numeracy Research The Clearinghouse provides public access to the products of research funded by the Department of Education, Science and Training Literacy, Numeracy and Special Learning Needs Program. Reports are published regularly. Interim Clearinghouse arrangements are on the DEST's website (www.dest.gov.au).
    DESTNational Pre-school Census—Indigenous and All StudentsThe National Pre-school Census—Indigenous and All Students is a national collection of pre-school student enrolments. The census covers location of school, number of Indigenous and all children currently on the waiting list, whether provisions are made for priority access of Indigenous children, number of Indigenous and all students enrolled in preschool education programs. The census is conducted annually, data available from 2001 onward on the DEST's website (www.dest.gov.au).Pre-school aged children
    FaCSIAAustralian Government Census of Child Care Services (administrative)The census collects a range of information about the users of child care as well as child care services and their staff. It also provides information at the child level including age, school attendance, disabilities, hours attended and fees paid. Regular collection conducted two-yearly, latest available data are 2004. Results are published in Australian Government Census of Child Care Services available on the FaCSIA's website
    (www.facs.gov.au).
    Children in child care
    FaCSIA and AIFSGrowing Up in Australia: the longitudinal study of Australian children Growing Up in Australia is a longitudinal study that explores family and social issues and addresses a range of research questions about children's development and wellbeing. The study collects information on belief and expectations of school success and child's outcomes; connection of family to school and child outcomes; impact of child's exposure to books; the effect of story telling to child outcomes; and what factors influence early learning. The study is funded for four waves beginning in 2004. The following three waves are planned every two years thereafter. The latest available report is 2004. Results are published in the Annual Report available on the AIFS' website (www.aifs.gov.au).Two cohorts aged birth–1 year and 4–5 years in 2003–04
    MCEETYANational Performance Measurement of Schools (administrative)Compiles reading, writing and numeracy benchmarks, using a range of administrative data sources. It also collects information on student outcomes disaggregated by sex, Indigenous status, language background, geographic location and socio-economic background. Reports compiled annually, latest available report is 2005. Results are published in National Report on Schooling in Australia available on the MCEETYA's website
    (www.mceetya.edu.au).
    School aged children


    YOUTH EDUCATIONAL ATTAINMENT AND PARTICIPATION


    AgencySource NameDescriptionAge Coverage (years)
    ABSAspects of LiteracyThe survey was designed to provide objective assessments of aspects of the population's literacy levels, dealing only with material printed in English. The survey covers prose literacy (the ability to understanding and use information from prose text), document literacy (the ability to use information contained in materials such as tables and charts) and quantitative literacy (the ability to perform arithmetic operations using numbers printed in text). The survey also collected demographic information including education, disability status, language spoken and reading and writing usage. The next literacy survey, called the Adult Literacy and Lifeskills Survey will be conducted in the second half of 2006. The 1996 results are published in Aspect of Literacy: Profiles and Perceptions, Australia (ABS cat. no. 4226.0) and Aspects of Literacy: Assessed Skill levels, Australia (ABS cat. no. 4228.0) available on the ABS' website.15–74 years
    ABSCensus of Population and HousingThe Census collects a wide range of information on attendance at an educational institution, highest year of schooling completed and non-school qualifications. Some concepts relate to persons aged 15 or older only. Information on Indigenous and culturally and linguistically diverse students is also available. The Census is conducted five-yearly and the latest available data are 2001. It will next be conducted in August 2006. Data are available at the state/territory level as well as sub-state level. Results are published in Census of Population and Housing: Basic Community Profiles (ABS cat. no. 2001.0) available on the ABS' website.All ages
    ABSNational Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Survey (NATSIHS)This survey collects a range of information from Indigenous Australians about health-related issues and socioeconomic circumstances. The first NATSIHS was conducted in 2004–05 and collected data on educational participation and attainment for people aged 15 years and over. The survey will be conducted six-yearly. Results are published in National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Survey (ABS cat. no. 4715.0) available on the ABS' website.All ages
    ABSNational Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Survey (NATSISS)This survey provides information about the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander populations of Australia for a wide range of areas of social concern. Data on educational participation and attainment is collected, along with socio-demographic data. The most recent NATSISS was conducted in 2002 and the next is planned for 2008. Results are published in National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Survey (ABS cat. no. 4714.0) available on the ABS' website.15 years and over
    ABSNational School Statistics Collection (administrative)The National Schools Statistics Collection is an aggregation of selected data from annual state/territory and federal government school censuses. It provides information regarding government and non-government schools both primary and secondary, students and staffing data. The data collected enable derivation of apparent retention rates, age participation rates and student/teaching staff ratios. Information is available at the state/territory level and includes equivalent data on Indigenous students. Collection conducted annually, latest available data are 2005. Results are published in Schools, Australia (ABS cat. no. 4221.0) available on the ABS' website.School aged children
    ABSSurvey of Education and TrainingThe survey collects a range of information on the level of participation, educational pathways, skills acquisition, economic outcomes and individual experiences of education and training activities. Information includes educational qualifications obtained, recent study for educational qualifications, educational history, access to education and training, details of training courses completed and use of information technology. Regular survey conducted four-yearly, latest available data are 2005. Results are published in Education and Training Experience, Australia (ABS cat. no. 6278.0) available on the ABS' website.15–69 years, with limited information collected from those 70 years and over (from 2005)
    ABSSurvey of Education and Work The survey collects a range of information on participation in education; labour force characteristics; type of educational institution; level of education of current and previous study; level of highest non-school qualification or educational attainment; unmet demand for education characteristics of apprentices; and transition from education to work. If respondents were not in full-time study at the time of interview they were asked the year or time of year (if left during the previous year) they finished full-time study. Persons who were not studying were asked whether they had applied to enrol for study in the current year. Regular survey conducted annually, latest available data are 2005. Results are published in Education and Work, Australia (ABS cat. no. 6227.0) available on the ABS' website. 15–64 years
    ACER and DESTLongitudinal Surveys of Australian YouthThese longitudinal surveys collect information annually on the progress of several years cohorts of young Australians as they move from school into post-secondary education and work. The surveys cover participation in school and post-school education, by level and field of study; educational attainment and factors influencing outcomes. Research reports based on the data from the longitudinal surveys are published frequently and are available on the ACER's website (www.acer.edu.au).14–25 years
    ACER and OECDProgramme for International Student Assessment (PISA)PISA measures how well young adults, at age 15 (and therefore approaching the end of compulsory schooling), are prepared to meet the challenges of today's knowledge societies. PISA allows comparison between countries and over time of the reading literacy, mathematical literacy and scientific literacy of 15 year-olds. Regular survey conducted three-yearly, the latest available data are 2003. Results are published in Facing the Future: A Focus on Mathematical Literacy among Australian 15-year-old Students in PISA 2003
    available on the ACER's website (www.acer.edu.au).
    15 year olds
    AVCCUnmet Demand SurveyThe survey provides a range of information on those students judged eligible, but who fail to obtain an undergraduate higher education place. Information includes field of education, the number of eligible applications, offers received and offers accepted, tertiary entrance rank distribution of year 12 applicants and applicants receiving offers by first and other than first preference. Annual collection, latest report available is 2006. Results are published in Report on Applications for Undergraduate University Courses available on the following website (www.avcc.edu.au).School leavers and mature age students
    DESTClearinghouse for National Literacy and Numeracy ResearchThe Clearinghouse provides public access to the products of research funded by the Department of Education, Science and Training Literacy, Numeracy and Special Learning Needs Program. Reports are published regularly. Interim Clearinghouse arrangements are on the DEST's website
    (www.dest.gov.au).
    DESTHigher Education Student Data Collection (administrative)This administrative data provides annual information on students enrolled in higher education courses with Australian public higher education providers. From 2005 the collection includes students covered by FEE HELP in relevant courses with private providers. Information includes numbers (including Equivalent Full Time Student Load) and characteristics of students undertaking courses. Latest results are for 2005 and are available on the DEST's website (www.dest.gov.au) under Higher Education Statistics.16 years and over
    NCVERVET Provider CollectionAn administrative collection of information on students, the courses they undertake and their achievement. An annual National Collection which dates back to 1994. Results are published in Australian vocational education and training statistics: Students and courses 2005 available on the NCVER’s website (www.ncver.edu.au).All ages
    NCVERApprenticeships and Traineeships CollectionAn administrative collection on apprentices and trainees and their employers. A quarterly collection which dates back to 1994 as a national collection. Results are published in Australian vocational education and training statistics: Apprentices and trainees - March quarter 2006, Summary available on the NCVER’s website (www.ncver.edu.au).All ages
    NCVERStudent Outcomes Survey A survey of students who completed or part-completed a qualification in the preceding year, covering their views on the training they received and their current activity. Completed annually, dates back to 1997. Previously known as TAFE Graduate Destination Survey. Renamed in 1999 as Student Outcomes Survey. Results are published in Australian vocational education and training statistics: Student outcomes survey 2005 available on the NCVER’s website (www.ncver.edu.au). All ages
    NCVERVET in schools collectionAdministrative collection of courses undertaken by school students in recognised VET qualifications, as part of a senior secondary certificate. An annual collection of training activity in a calendar year, collected for the first time in 2005. Further information is available on NCVER's website
    (www.ncver.edu.au).
    Range of ages
    NCVERSurvey of Indigenous VET StudentsA face-to-face survey of Indigenous students that extends some of the information sought in the Student Outcomes Survey, with a specific focus on Indigenous people and the benefits experienced as a result of training. Conducted in 2004. Results are published in Australian vocational education and training statistics: Indigenous Australians' training experiences 2004 - First findings available on the NCVER’s website
    (www.ncver.edu.au).
    Range of ages
    NCVERDown the Track SurveyA survey of 1500 15 to 24 year old students who completed or part-completed training in 2001 and participated in 2002 Student Outcomes Survey. Conducted in 2004. Results are published in Down the track: TAFE outcomes for young people two years on available on the NCVER’s website
    (www.ncver.edu.au).
    15–24 years


    TRANSITIONS TO INDEPENDENT LIVING

    AgencySource NameDescriptionAge Coverage (years)
    ABSBarriers and Incentives to Labour Force ParticipationThe survey focuses on people who are either not employed or work very few hours (0-15 hours). Information collected includes factors that influence people to join or leave the labour force as well as socio-demographic information (including non-school qualifications). The survey was first conducted in 2004–05 and is planned to be conducted two-yearly. Results are published in Barriers and Incentives to Labour Force Participation, Australia (ABS cat. no. 6239.0) available on the ABS' website.18 years and over
    ABSCensus of Population and HousingThe Census collects a wide range of information on the social, economic and housing characteristics of Australians. The census covers labour force information including occupation and industry, educational attainment, Indigenous status and country of birth. Some concepts relate to persons aged 15 years and older only. The Census is conducted five-yearly and the latest available data are 2001. It will next be conducted in August 2006. Data are available at the state/territory level as well as sub-state level. Results are published in Census of Population and Housing: Basic Community Profiles (ABS cat. no. 2001.0) available on the ABS' website.All ages
    ABSEmployee Earnings, Benefits and Trade Union MembershipInformation collected includes the weekly earnings of employees, their entitlement to paid leave (holiday, sick, long service and maternity/paternity), superannuation and trade union membership. This information can be cross-classified by characteristics such as age, sex, family type, full-time or part-time work status, industry and occupation. Regular survey conducted annually, latest available data are 2005. Results are published in Employee Earnings, Benefits and Trade Union Membership, Australia (ABS cat. no. 6310.0) available on the ABS' website.Employed persons aged 15 years and over
    ABSForms of EmploymentThe survey collects information on people employed in a range of situations, such as contractors, employees of labour hire firms and casuals. The different types of employment are cross-classsified by selected employment characteristics (such as hours worked, industry and occupation) and demographic characteristics (such as age, sex and country of birth). Regular survey conducted three-yearly, latest available data are from 2004. Results are published in Forms of Employment, Australia (ABS cat. no. 6359.0) available on the ABS' website.15 years and over
    ABSGross flows statisticsGross flows statistics are a source of data on movements within the labour force. This data set contains estimates of persons who were in the LFS in consecutive months and records whether they changed labour force status in that time. Gross flow estimates are available monthly in a datacube, Labour Force, Australia, Detailed - Electronic Delivery (ABS cat. no. 6291.0.55.001) that can be accessed on the ABS' website.15 years and over
    ABSJob Search Experience SurveyCollects information about unemployed persons' experiences in seeking work, in terms of the steps they have taken to find work and the difficulties they have encountered in finding work. Information collected includes time spent looking for work, number of jobs started in previous 12 months and whether they are looking for full-time or part-time work. Information regarding birthplace and educational attainment is also collected. Regular survey conducted annually, latest available data are 2005. Results are published in Job Search Experience, Australia (ABS cat. no. 6222.0) available on the ABS' website.

    Note This survey is a combination of two previous surveys: Job Search Experience of Unemployed Persons (last run in July 2001) and Successful and Unsuccessful Job Search Experience (last run in July 2000).
    15 years and over
    ABSLabour Force Experience SurveyThe survey collects a range of information about labour force experiences over the 12-month period prior to the survey. Information collected includes whether in the labour force during the previous 12-months, time not in the labour force, number of spells of looking for work, time worked and number of employers/businesses. Regular survey conducted two-yearly, latest available data are 2005. Results are published in Labour Force Experience, Australia (ABS cat. no. 6206.0) available on the ABS' website.15–69 years
    ABSLabour Force SurveyThis survey collects extensive information about the civilian labour force. The survey covers labour force status, age, attendance at school or tertiary education institution (people aged 15-24), country of birth, year of arrival in Australia, participation rates, whether looking for full-time or part-time work (if unemployed), duration of unemployment and relationship in household. Regular survey conducted monthly, data are available the following month. Results are published in Labour Force, Australia (ABS cat. no. 6202.0) available on the ABS' website.15 years and over
    ABSLabour Mobility SurveyThe survey collects information on job mobility and job tenure over a 12-month period. Information collected includes whether a job holder changed employer or locality and reasons for change; full-time or part-time status; occupation; industry; and duration of job over the previous 12-months. Regular survey conducted two-yearly, latest available data are 2004. The 2006 data will be released in late 2006. Results are published in Labour Mobility, Australia (ABS cat. no. 6209.0) available on the ABS' website.15 years and over
    ABSNational Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Survey (NATSIHS)The NATSIHS collects information on labour force status, industry sector, shift work, weekly hours worked, CDEP status and duration of unemployment, for people aged 15 years and over. The NATSIHS will be conducted six-yearly. Results are published in National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Survey (ABS cat. no. 4715.0) available on the ABS' website.All ages
    ABSNational Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Survey (NATSISS)This survey collects information about the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander populations of Australia for a wide range of areas of social concern. The 2002 NATSISS includes data on labour force status, industry sector, weekly hours worked, CDEP status, whether work allows for cultural responsibilities, expected future duration in current job, barriers to employment, use of employment support services and duration of unemployment. The most recent NATSISS was conducted in 2002 and the next is planned for 2008. Results are published in National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Survey (ABS cat. no. 4714.0) available on the ABS' website.All ages
    ABSSurvey of Education and WorkThe survey collects a range of information on participation in education in the previous year, labour force characteristics, type of educational institution, level of education of current and previous study, level of highest non-school qualification, level of highest educational attainment, unmet demand for education in current year and characteristics of apprentices and transition from education to work. Regular survey conducted annually, latest available data are 2005. Results are published in Education and Work, Australia (ABS cat. no. 6227.0) available on the ABS' website.15–64 years
    ABSWorking Time ArrangementsThe survey collects information about the working arrangements of employees, including shift work, overtime, rostered days off and start and finish times. Information collected includes hours worked, whether a person has paid leave entitlements (used as a proxy for whether the person is a 'casual' or not), hours worked in most recent shift and whether hours vary. Regular survey conducted three-yearly, latest available data are 2003. Results are published in Working Arrangements, Australia (ABS cat. no. 6342.0) available on the ABS' website.15 years and over
    ACER and DESTLongitudinal Surveys of Australian YouthThe longitudinal surveys collect information annually on the progress of several cohorts of young Australians as they move from school into post-secondary education and work. The surveys cover school achievement, school completion, participation in vocational and university education, labour force experience of youth including gaining and maintaining employment, and household and family formation. These surveys commenced in the late 1970s and latest data are May 2006. Research reports based on the data from the longitudinal surveys are published frequently and are available on the ACER's website (www.acer.edu.au).14–25 years
    FaCSIA and the Melbourne InstituteHousehold, Income and Labour Dynamics Australia (HILDA) SurveyThe survey collects longitudinal data on a wide range of areas of social concern relating to economic and subjective wellbeing, labour market dynamics and family dynamics. Wave Four of this national longitudinal survey contains a module on youth issues. Questions cover aspirations and life satisfaction, as well as employment and housing intentions. Data are reported annually, latest available are Wave Four reported in 2006 available on the following website www.melbourneinstitute.com/hilda
    Graduate Careers AustraliaCourse Experience QuestionnaireCollects information from university graduates regarding the course they have just completed. Information collected includes whether there were clear goals and standards; the appropriateness of workloads and assessments; the motivational impact of the course; services and facilities provided; qualities that universities expect graduates to develop; sources of information and course materials; and perceptions of the social learning experience of learning at university. Conducted annually, latest available data are 2004. Results are published in The Course Experience Questionnaire Report available through the Media Centre on the Graduate Careers Australia's website (www.graduatecareers.com.au). Summarised results are available from the GradsOnline website (www.gradsonline.edu.au).Graduates
    Graduate Careers AustraliaGraduate Destination SurveyThe survey collects a range of information about the graduate labour market conditions and employment options for graduates. If in employment, the survey collects data on the name and location of the employer; the sector and area of industry in which the employer operates; the type of work the respondent is doing; the number of hours worked; the expected length of employment (permanent, short-term or ‘other’); annual salary and whether the position is the respondent’s first full-time job. Collection conducted annually, latest available data are 2004. Results are published in The Graduate Destination Survey Report available through the Media Centre on the Graduate Careers Australia's website
    (www.graduatecareers.com.au). Summarised results are available from the GradsOnline website (www.gradsonline.edu.au).
    Graduates
    NCVERApprentices and Trainees (administrative)The collection collects information on persons undertaking vocational and technical education through Australian Apprenticeships (apprenticeships and traineeships). Collects information regarding the number of commencements, completions, withdrawals/cancellations, apprentice and trainee characteristics and training contract characteristics. Data are collected cumulatively and reported quarterly. Latest available data are December 2005. Results are published in Apprentices and Trainees available on the NCVER's website
    (www.ncver.edu.au).
    15 years and over
    NCVERStudent Outcomes SurveyThe survey collects information from VTE students regarding their satisfaction and outcomes from vocational and technical education. Information includes general characteristics, employment outcomes, satisfaction with their training, whether they undertook further study and reasons for not undertaking more training. It also collects employment information including occupation, industry and average weekly earnings. The survey is conducted annually, latest available data are 2005. Results are published in Australian Vocational Education and Training Statistics: Student Outcomes available on the NCVER's website
    (www.ncver.edu.au).
    15 years and over


    SOCIAL PARTICIPATION OF YOUTH

    AgencySource NameDescriptionAge Coverage (years)
    ABSAttendance at Selected Cultural Venues and EventsThe data collects details on the basic demographic characteristics of those who attended the selected venues and events and their frequency of attendance during a 12-month period. Demographic information collected includes state, age, sex, country of birth and labour force status. Regular survey, latest available data are 2002. However, the survey was conducted again in 2005–06 and are expected to be released in Jan 2007. Results are published in Attendance at Selected Cultural Venues and Events, Australia (ABS cat. no. 4114.0 ) available on the ABS' website.Previous surveys 18 years and over. 15 years and over in 2005–06
    ABSCensus of Population and HousingThe Census collects a wide range of information on the social, economic and housing characteristics of Australians. The Census provides information on labour force participation and education participation, religious affiliation and Indigenous status. The Census is conducted five-yearly and the latest available data are 2001. It will next be conducted in August 2006. Data are available at the state/territory level as well as at sub-state level. Results are published in Census of Population and Housing: Basic Community Profiles (ABS cat. no. 2001.0) available on the ABS' website.All ages
    ABSCrime and Safety SurveyCollects information on the extent of crime in our community, including the number of persons and households victimised and the number of crimes reported to police. The survey covers information relating to household and personal crime including perceptions of problems, fear of crime, feelings of safety and behaviour as a result of crime. Regular survey, latest available data are 2005. Results are published in Crime and Safety, Australia (ABS cat. no. 4509.0) available on the ABS' website.18 years and over
    ABSGeneral Social SurveyThis survey collects information on various topics of concern to provide multidimensional views of peoples' wellbeing. Along with details of family and household composition and demographic details core topics include: health and disability; labour force participation; income, wealth and financial stress; experience of crime and feelings of safety; sports participation; and various other community contact items. The survey also includes a flexible content component which, in 2006, focussed on social capital and voluntary work. The survey was first conducted in 2002 and will be conducted four-yearly. Results from the 2006 survey are due for release in February 2007. Results are published in General Social Survey: Summary of Results, Australia (ABS cat. no. 4159.0) available on the ABS' website.18 years and over
    ABSNational Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Survey (NATSISS)This survey collects information on the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander populations of Australia for a wide range of areas of social concern. The 2002 NATSISS includes data on: self-assessed health status; disability status; educational opportunities and outcomes; employment and voluntary work; use of information technology; family relationships and engagement with wider social networks; personal safety and security; cultural and recreational activities; and Indigenous culture and language. The most recent survey was conducted in 2002 and the next is planned for 2008. Results are published in National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Survey (ABS cat. no. 4714.0) available on the ABS' website.15 years and over
    ABSParticipation in Sports and Physical Activities This survey collects details on the number and characteristics of people who participate in a range of sport and physical activities. The survey covers persons who participated in sporting events or who participated in other physical activities in the twelve months prior to interview; the frequency of participation; and whether participation was in organised or non-organised events and activities. Regular survey, the latest survey was conducted during 2005–06 and expected to be released in Jan 2007. Data are available at a national and state/territory level. Results are published in Participation in Sports and Physical Activities, Australia (ABS cat. no. 4177.0) available on the ABS' website.Previous surveys 18 years and over. 15 years and over in 2005–06
    ABSPersonal Safety Survey The survey collects a range of information on both men and women's safety at home and in the community. The survey covers experiences of physical and sexual violence, the nature of the violence, the actions taken after experiencing violence and the effect on their life. It also covers experience of physical and sexual abuse as a child and since the age of 15. The survey replaces the Women's Safety Survey (1996), which only surveyed women. Data were released in August 2006. Results are published in Personal Safety, Australia (ABS cat. no. 4906.0) available on the ABS' website. 18 years and over
    ABSSports AttendanceThe survey collects data about the characteristics of persons who attended sporting events as spectators (excluding junior and school sport). The survey covers persons who attended sporting matches or competitions in the 12 months prior to interview; their socio-demographic characteristics; types of events attended; and frequency of attendance. Regular survey, latest available data are from 2002. However, the survey was conducted again in 2005–06 and expected to be released in Jan 2007. Results are published in Sports Attendance, Australia (ABS cat. no. 4174.0) available on the ABS' website.Previous surveys 18 years and over. 15 years and over in 2005–06
    ABSSurvey of Voluntary WorkThe survey collects a range of information on volunteers, including the types of organisations they volunteer for and the amount of time spent volunteering. The survey covers people engaged in formal voluntary activities; the hours worked; the organisational settings in which they voluntary; the type of voluntary activities; expenses incurred; perceived benefits of volunteering; reasons for becoming a volunteer; and socio-demographic characteristics. Irregular survey conducted in 1995 and 2000. The survey was conducted again in 2006, results are expected to be released in February 2007. Results are published in Voluntary Work, Australia (ABS cat. no. 4441.0) available on the ABS' website.18 years and over
    ABSTime Use SurveyThis survey collects information about how people aged 15 years and over spend their time. All types of activities are recorded including education, work (both paid and unpaid) and recreation and leisure. It includes data about the relationship of the people with whom, and for whom, various activities were undertaken and provides insights into the time people spend in caring for others and socialising. Regular survey, latest available is 1997 and was conducted again in 2006. The 2006 data will be released in August 2007. Results are published in How Australians Use Their Time (ABS cat. no. 4153.0) available on the ABS' website.15 years and over
    ABSWork in Selected Culture and Leisure ActivitiesThe survey collects information on persons involved in paid or unpaid work in selected culture and leisure activities over a 12-month period. The survey collected information on the types of activities undertaken; the time spent on activities; whether any payment was received; the amount of payment received; and whether those activities were part of the person's main job as well as demographic information. Regular survey conducted three-yearly, the latest available data are 2004. It is planned again for 2007. Results are published in Work in Selected Culture and Leisure Activities, Australia (ABS cat. no. 6281.0) available on the ABS' website.15 years and over
    ACER and DESTLongitudinal Surveys of Australian YouthThe longitudinal surveys collect information annually on the progress of several cohorts of young Australians as they move from school into post-secondary education and work. The surveys cover participation in education, training and the labour market, as well as collecting data on life satisfaction, relationships and household and family formation. These surveys commenced in the late 1970s and latest data are May 2006. Research reports based on the data from the longitudinal surveys are published frequently and are available on the ACER's website (www.acer.edu.au).14–25 years
    AIFSAustralian Temperament Project (ATP)The ATP is a longitudinal study of the psychosocial development of children born in Victoria, between September 1982 and January 1983. The survey collects information on social competence, peer relationships, civic mindedness and family functioning. Thirteen waves of data have been collected by mail surveys from 4–8 months of age to 19–20 years of age. Publications are produced regularly and are available on the AIFS' website (www.aifs.gov.au/atp/pubs.html). Children born between September 1982–January 1983


    RISK BEHAVIOURS

    AgencySource NameDescriptionAge Coverage (years)
    ABSCauses of Death
    (administrative)
    The collection brings together information for causes of deaths, for all deaths registered in Australia. Provides information on deaths occurring due to risk behaviours, drowning, suicides and external causes (such as motor vehicle accidents and drug overdoses). Collections conducted annually, latest available data are 2004. Results are published in Causes of Death, Australia (ABS cat. no. 3303.0) available on the ABS' website.All ages
    ABSGeneral Social SurveyThis survey collects information on various topics of concern to provide multidimensional views of peoples' wellbeing. Included are some information about experience of crime in the previous 12 months and feelings of safety and there is also some data on the health status of individuals (eg self-assessed health and disability status). The survey was first conducted in 2002 and is intended to be conducted four-yearly. Results from the 2006 survey are due for release in February 2007. Results are published in General Social Survey: Summary of Results, Australia (ABS cat. no. 4159.0) available on the ABS' website.18 years and over
    ABSNational Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Survey (NATSIHS)This survey collects a range of information from Indigenous Australians about health related issues and socioeconomic circumstances. The survey collects information on long-term health conditions, injuries and health-related actions for Indigenous people. Other relevant data include dietary behaviours (fruit and vegetable intake, type of milk consumed, and added salt) for people aged 12 years and over; Body Mass Index, exercise, and substance use for people aged 15 years and over; alcohol consumption and smoker status for people aged 18 years and over; and mammograms, pap smears and contraception for females aged 18 years and over. In addition, there are a number of other measures which may indicate increased risk including: social and emotional wellbeing; removal from natural family; and life stressors. The NATSIHS was first conducted in 2004–05 and will be conducted six-yearly. Results are published in National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Survey (ABS cat. no. 4715.0) available on the ABS' website.All ages
    ABS National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Survey (NATSISS)This survey collects information about the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander populations of Australia for a wide range of areas of social concern. The 2002 NATSISS includes data on: disability status, smoker status, alcohol consumption and substance use. In addition, there are a number of other measures which may indicate increased risk including: removal from natural family; life stressors; support in times of crisis; non-participation in social and/or sporting activities; and neighbourhood/community problems. The most recent survey was conducted in 2002 and the next is planned for 2008. Results are published in National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Survey (ABS cat. no. 4714.0) available on the ABS' website.15 years and over
    ABSNational Health SurveyThis survey collects a range of information about health related issues. The survey covers demographic and socio-economic characteristics, health status, health related actions taken and health risk factors. In particular, it includes questions for adults only regarding health related aspects of lifestyle such as smoking, diet, exercise and alcohol consumption. The survey also provides information on injury/accidents and contraceptive practices. Regular survey conducted three-yearly, latest available data are 2004–05. Results are published in National Health Survey: Summary of Results (ABS cat. no. 4364.0) available on the ABS' website.All ages
    ABSNational Nutrition SurveyThe survey collected a range of food and nutrition information. The survey covered food and beverage intake, physical measurements (height, weight, waist and hip circumferences) and eating habits and patterns (usual type of diet, addition of salt to food and desired dietary changes). In addition, a food frequency questionnaire was used to assess usual intake of those aged 12 years or more. One-off survey conducted in 1995 in conjunction with the then Department of Health and Aged Care. Results are published in National Nutrition Survey: Selected Highlights (ABS cat. no. 4802.0) available on the ABS' website.Two years and over
    ABSNational Survey of Mental Health and Wellbeing of AdultsThe survey collects information on the prevalence of a range of major mental disorders for Australian adults. The survey covers chronic physical conditions and disability; health service use as a consequence of a mental health problem; perceived need for health services; and demographics. Instruments used to measure mental health and wellbeing included the Kessler 10, General Health Questionnaire 12 and Short Form–12. First conducted in 1997 in conjunction with the then Department of Health and Aged Care. The next survey is in 2007. Results are published in Mental Health and Wellbeing: Profile of Adults, Australia (ABS cat. no. 4326.0) available on the ABS' website. 18 years and over
    AICDrug Use Careers of OffendersProject that seeks to measure drug use, including illicit drug use, amongst sentenced offenders through self-report data from adult male and female prisoners, and juvenile inmates in their final year. Examines offending patterns and illicit drug use, information on illicit drug markets and costs associated with drug-related criminal behaviour, and may be used to assess the role of treatment both within and outside the correctional system. Further information is available on the Institute's website (www.aic.gov.au).18 years and over
    AICDrug Use Monitoring in AustraliaQuarterly data published annually; data available from 1999-2004. Project to measure drug use among those recently apprehended by police. Data used to examine issues such as the relationship between drugs and property and violent crime, monitor patterns of drug use across time, and help assess the need for drug treatment amongst the offender population. Detainee characteristics include sex and age of detainee, previous history. Further information is available on the Institute's website (www.aic.gov.au).18 years and over
    AICInternational Violence Against Women SurveyThis survey was conducted across Australia between December 2002 and June 2003. More than 6,500 women aged 18-69 years provided information on their experiences of physical, sexual and psychological violence. Describes the type of violence (including threats of violence) by current and former intimate male partners, other known males such as relatives, friends and acquaintances, and strangers. It also examines women's reported experiences of childhood violence, as well as their perceptions and reactions to the violence they experienced. A report, Women's Experiences of Male Violence: Findings from the Australian Component of the International Violence Against Women Survey was released in 2004. Further information is available on the Institute's website
    (www.aic.gov.au).
    Women aged 18-69 years
    AICJuveniles in Detention in AustraliaData collected from 1981; published periodically pre-2004 and expected to be published annually from 2004. Monitors long-term trends and changes in the number and rate of juveniles in detention in each state/territory (via quarterly census). Data available include age, gender, Indigenous Status and remanded/sentenced status. Further information is available on the Institute's website (www.aic.gov.au).Juveniles in detention
    AICNational Homicide Monitoring ProgramNational Homicide Monitoring Program. Annual data from 1989. Monitors trends and patterns in the incidence of homicide across Australia. Data on victims and offenders of homicide including location, time and date of offence, whether incident was drug related, and various characteristics of offender and victim: age, gender, racial appearance, country of birth, marital status, employment status, prior domestic violence history, relationship between victim and offender. Lowest level of geographic classification is by suburb. Further information is available on the Institute's website
    (www.aic.gov.au).
    All ages
    AICNational Deaths in Custody ProgramAnnual data from 1992. Statistical database relating to deaths in custody of Indigenous (distinguishing Aboriginal from Torres Strait Islander peoples) and non-Indigenous persons, including deaths in police or prison custody, deaths of juveniles in detention, deaths caused directly or indirectly by traumatic injuries sustained, and deaths occurring in attempted escapes from custody. Data collected include age, Indigenous status, custodial authority in which death occurred, date and place of death, most serious offence, length of time in custody, cause of death, drug and substance abuse, mental health. Lowest level of geographic classification is by state and territory. Reports available on the Institute's website (www.aic.gov.au); further aggregate data available by request. All ages
    AIFSAustralian Temperament Project (ATP)The ATP is a longitudinal study of the psychosocial development of children born in Victoria, between September 1982 and January 1983. The survey collects information on antisocial behaviour and substance use. Thirteen waves of data have been collected by mail surveys from 4–8 months of age to 19–20 years of age. Publications are produced regularly and are available on the AIFS' website (www.aifs.gov.au/atp/pubs.html).Children born between September 1982–January 1983
    AIFSFertility Decision Making ProjectThe Fertility Decision Making Project seeks to explain how a range of factors contributing to decisions about having children interact to help shape fertility trajectories. The survey covered a wide range of aspects of the respondents’ lives, including their relationship and childbearing history, their employment, income and education, aspirations and expectations of having children in the future, and the importance they attach to various factors that might be considered in the decision to have or not have a child. The study was conducted in December 2003. A research report is available on the AIFS' website
    (www.aifs.gov.au/institute/pubs/resreport11/main.html).
    20–39 years
    AIHWAlcohol and Other Drug Treatment Services National Minimum Data Set (administrative)The collection provides ongoing information on a wide range of drug and alcohol community-based intervention programs. The collection covers national and state/territory information on alcohol and other drug treatment services; the clients who use these services; and the type of drug services for which treatment is being sought. An ongoing collection reported annually, latest data are 2003–2004 available on the AIHW's website (www.aihw.gov.au). 10 years and over
    AIHWIllicit Drug Reporting System (administrative)This reporting system monitors emerging drug trends at a state/territory level. It covers the price, purity, availability and patterns of use of the main illicit drugs, as well as acting as an early warning system for emerging drug trends. Data are obtained through a triangulation of three sources: a quantitative survey of injecting drug users; a qualitative survey of key informants and existing data sources (such as customs data, seizure purity data and arrest data). Conducted annually, latest report is 2005. Results are published in Australian Drug Trends Report available on the National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre's website (www.ndarc.med.unsw.edu.au).
    AIHWJuvenile Justice National Minimum Data Set (administrative)The collection provides a source of nationally comparable information on the flow of young offenders through the justice system over time. The collection includes date of birth, sex, Indigenous status, for each offence the type, transfer details, last known home suburb and postcode, and reason for exiting the juvenile justice system. Ongoing collection, 200O–2001 to 2003–2004 data were reported in February 2006 available on the AIHW's website (www.aihw.gov.au). The next publication with 2004–05 data is currently scheduled for release in 2007.10–17 or 10–18 years depending on jurisdiction
    AIHWNational Drug Strategy Household SurveyThe survey collects information about the degree of concern regarding various drugs and their usage of each drug. The drugs included are tobacco, alcohol, pain killers, tranquillisers, steroids, barbiturates, marijuana, heroin, amphetamines, cocaine, hallucinogens, LSD, ecstasy and inhalants. This survey also includes questions on state/territory regulations on cannabis use; alcohol and drug related incidents; friends drug use; methadone and the SF-36 survey instrument to enable a health 'score' to be calculated. Regular survey conducted three-yearly, latest available data are 2004. Results are published in National Drug Strategy Household Survey: Detailed Findings available on the AIHW's website (www.aihw.gov.au).12 years and over
    AIHWNational Physical Activity SurveyThe survey collects information on the physical activity patterns of Australians. The survey covers awareness of the moderate intensity physical activity messages; intentions to become more active in the future; participation in predominantly leisure-time physical activities (including walking for transport) during the previous week and their usual physical activity patterns over the last six months. Irregular survey conducted in 1997, 1999 and 2000. Results are published in Physical Activity Patterns of Australian Adults available on the AIHW's website
    (www.aihw.gov.au).
    18–75 years
    Attorney Generals Department and DESTYoung People and Domestic ViolenceThe survey collects information on the extent of young people’s exposure to, and attitudes toward, domestic violence. The survey covers reactions and responses of young people witnessing parental domestic violence; experiences of violence; and incidence of violence in their own intimate relationships. One-off survey conducted in 1999. Contact the Attorney General's Department on (02) 6250 6666 for further information on this survey. 12–20 years
    Australian Drug FoundationDrugInfo Clearinghouse The DrugInfo Clearinghouse functions as a drug prevention network providing easy access to information on drugs (including alcohol) and drug prevention strategies. As a clearinghouse, DrugInfo collects, interprets and disseminates information on drug prevention. Every three months a range of new resources are published focusing on a particular drug prevention strategy or issue. More information is available on the Foundation's website (www.druginfo.adf.org.au).
    Australian Research Centre in Sex, Health and Society (ARCSHS) LaTrobe UniversityNational Survey of Australian Secondary School StudentsThe survey collects a range of information on sexual health and blood borne viruses. The survey covers the knowledge, and sources of knowledge, of the transmission of AIDS and sexually transmitted diseases; attitudes to HIV, sexual practices and contraception; alcohol consumption; and demographics including sex, age, year at school, country of birth, years in Australia, language spoken at home and location. Regular survey conducted five-yearly, latest available data are 2002. Results are published in Secondary Students and Sexual Health available on the ARCSHS website (www.latrobe.edu.au/arcshs/).Secondary school aged students
    Australian Transport Safety BureauRoad Fatalities, Australia (administrative)The collection provides a range of information regarding road fatalities at the national, state and territory level. The collection provides data on the number of fatalities (by age and sex) and type of road user (pedestrian, motorcyclist, driver, cyclist or passenger). Data summaries are reported monthly, with comprehensive reports (including age and sex analysis) produced annually. Publications are available on the Australian Transport Safety Bureau's website (www.atsb.gov.au/).All ages
    DoHA The Child and Adolescent Component of the National Survey Of Mental Health and Wellbeing, 1998The survey collects information on mental health problems among children and adolescents in Australia. It also provides information about the degree of disability associated with mental health problems and the extent to which children and adolescents are receiving help for their problems. The survey used behaviour checklists to identify mental health problems and the Diagnostic Interview Schedule for Children to identify mental disorders. Mental health problems, health related quality of life and degree of disability information was obtained from parents of children aged four to 12. One-off survey conducted in 1998. Results are published in Child and Adolescent Component of the National Survey Of Mental Health and Wellbeing: Mental Health of Young People in Australia available on the DoHA's website (www.health.gov.au).
    Birth–17 years


    OTHER RELEVANT CHILDREN AND YOUTH DATA SOURCES

    AgencySource NameDescriptionAge Coverage (years)
    ABSEstimated Resident PopulationThe estimates by age of the population of Australia and the states and territories at the date of the census are derived from the census counts by place of usual residence, by adjusting for under-enumeration and adding the number of Australian residents estimated to have been temporarily overseas at the time of the census. Post-censal population estimates are obtained by advancing the previous year's estimates to the next year by subtracting deaths and adding births and net estimated interstate and overseas migration. After each census, estimates for the preceding inter-censal period are revised by incorporating an additional adjustment (inter-censal discrepancy) to ensure that the total inter-censal increase at each age agrees with the difference between the estimated resident populations at the two respective census dates. The estimates are published quarterly in Australian Demographic Statistics (ABS cat. no. 3101.0) and annually in Population by Age and Sex, Australian States and Territories (ABS cat. no. 3201.0) available on the ABS' website.All ages
    ABSFamily Characteristics SurveyThe survey collects information about the composition of households and families and the characteristics and circumstances of people within them. The survey covers family information (such as whether the child has a natural parent living elsewhere and family blending), visiting arrangements with natural parents (frequency of visit, frequency of overnight stays, procedures, contact with parents living elsewhere). The survey was conducted in 1997 and 2003 and will be conducted again in 2006/07. Results are published in Family Characteristics, Australia (ABS cat. no. 4442.0) available on the ABS' website.Birth–17 years
    ABSPopulation ProjectionsThe collection provides projections (based on different assumptions of future fertility, mortality and migration) of the resident population of Australia, the states and territories, capital cities and balance of states, by 5-year age groups and sex. Every two to three years the ABS publishes a new set of population projections. The new projections are produced in order to take advantage of the most recent information on components of population change and to take account of the latest estimates of the resident population. The latest available data provides projections from 2004–2101. Results are published in Population Projections, Australia (ABS cat. no. 3222.0) available on the ABS' website.All ages (in five-year age groups)
    NATSEMChild social exclusion indexesThe National Centre for Social and Economic Modelling has developed a child-centred form of a socio-economic index for areas, applicable at the Statistical Local Area (SLA) level. The index shows areas where disadvantaged children are living in Australia, and provides information about the family characteristics of children living within each SLA (e.g. percentage living in a family where no parent has a job or a post-school qualification). The first of a series of research papers have been released: Poverty and disadvantage among Australian children— a spatial perspective; Indicators of social exclusion for Australia's children— analysis by state and age group; and Children at risk of social exclusion— methodology and overview. These papers are available from the Centre's website (www.canberra.edu.au/centres/natsem/).Children aged 0-15 years
    University of TasmaniaAustralian Clearinghouse for Youth StudiesThe Australian Clearinghouse for Youth Studies provides information on a wide-range of issues that affect young people today. The information provided is multidisciplinary, acknowledging the overlapping nature, and inter-connectedness, of youth issues. The Clearinghouse also publishes Youth Studies, Australia, a peer-reviewed journal released quarterly. More information is available on the Clearinghouse's website (www.acys.utas.edu.au/).Early adolescence to early adult years