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DEPARTMENT OF IMMIGRATION AND CITIZENSHIP (DIAC)
Samples for LSIA 1 and LSIA 2 were drawn from primary applicants on DIAC's Settlement Database. To be eligible for inclusion in the samples, primary applicants had to meet the following criteria:
Sample selection for LSIA 3 was similar, except that onshore migrants were included and the minimum age of migrants was 18 years of age.
LSIA 1 and LSIA 2 collected detailed information from primary applicants and migrating unit spouses. Information was collected on behalf of other members of the household and migrating unit. A 'household' comprises all persons living at the same address as the primary applicant and a 'migrating unit' comprises all persons in the household who migrated to Australia as part of the same migration application as the primary applicant.
For LSIA 3 information is only collected from the primary applicant. There are a small number of questions in LSIA 3 where the primary applicant provides a response on behalf of other members of the household. For example, whether their spouse is working or whether their spouse receives any government payments.
Sample sizes were as follows:
LSIA 1 and LSIA 2 cover similar topics including pre-migration experience, the immigration process, initial settlement and location, sponsorship activity, perceptions of Australia, use of support services, return migration and visits, ancestry, religion and ethnicity, citizenship, views on immigration, English language proficiency and learning, qualifications and skills assessment, education and training, labour force activity, health, housing, allowances, income and finances.
Some questions asked in LSIA 1 and LSIA 2 vary slightly due to the emergence of important new issues. A complete list of questions for these surveys is available at the Department of Immigration and Citizenship website via the 'Media Centre' then 'Publications, Research & Statistics' links.
Topics covered by LSIA 3 include reasons for migration, the immigration process, initial settlement and location, sponsorship activity, perceptions of Australia, use of interpreting services, English language proficiency and learning, qualifications and skills assessment, current study, labour force activity, use of qualifications, housing arrangements, community participation, government payments, transferral of assets into Australia and income.
LSIA 1 and LSIA 2 participants had settled in state and territory capital cities or in major urban centres close to capital cities such as Newcastle and Wollongong. Migrants from rural areas were not surveyed. The exception to this is that the LSIA1 also included a small sample from Cairns. Data are released at the statistical subdivision level and is available for collection areas.
LSIA 3 participants were surveyed from all capital cities and some rural areas including the greater Newcastle region, greater Wollongong region, greater Geelong region, south east Queensland and greater Cairns region.
AVAILABILITY OF DATA AND PUBLICATIONS
A range of publications are available online at the Department of Immigration and Citizenship website.
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