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5 The survey was conducted in both urban and rural areas throughout NSW, Vic., Qld and ACT, but excluded persons living in very remote areas who would otherwise have been within the scope of the survey. The exclusion of these persons had only a minor impact on any aggregate estimates.
6 Coverage rules were applied to ensure that each person was associated with only one dwelling, and hence had only one chance of selection in the survey.
7 Information was sought from approximately 18,600 households in NSW, Vic., Qld and ACT. Of these households, approximately 17,300 (93%) responded.
8 The reference period for all tables is October 2007. Several data items collected in the survey have more specific reference periods. e.g. Whether household experienced any emergencies in the last 2 years; Whether smoke alarms or detectors manually tested in the last 12 months; Whether a household member has obtained or renewed a first aid qualification in the last 3 years. For households that have been living in a current dwelling for a shorter period, these data items relate to the number of months the household has been living their dwelling.
Effects of rounding
9 Estimates have been rounded, and discrepancies may occur between sums of the component items and totals.
10 ABS publications draw extensively on information provided freely by individuals, businesses, governments and other organisations. Their continued cooperation is very much appreciated. Without it, the wide range of statistics published by the ABS would not be available. Information received by the ABS is treated in strict confidence as required by the Census and Statistics Act 1905.
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