4818.1 - Community Preparedness for Emergencies, NSW, Oct 2003  
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1. This publication contains results from the 2003 NSW State Supplementary Survey, Community Preparedness for Emergencies. The survey was conducted throughout NSW during the two weeks commencing Monday 6 October 2003.

2. The survey was conducted as a supplement to the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) Monthly Population Survey (MPS). The MPS is a multi-stage area sample of private dwellings and non-private dwellings (hotels, motels, caravan parks, etc). Information is obtained from the occupants of the selected dwellings by specially trained interviewers.

3. For details of the design, scope and coverage of the MPS, readers should refer to any recent edition of the ABS publication, Labour Force, Australia (Cat. no. 6203.0) and the Information Paper: Labour Force Survey Sample Design, 2002 (Cat. no. 6269.0).


4. Information was collected by either face to face or telephone interview from one responsible adult per household, who answered questions on behalf of the household. This survey was conducted using seven-eighths of the full sample of private dwellings in New South Wales that were included in the Monthly Population Survey and excluded:

  • Visitors to the household
  • members of the permanent defence forces
  • certain diplomatic personnel of overseas governments, customarily excluded from censuses and surveys
  • overseas residents in Australia
  • members of non-Australian defence forces (and their dependants) stationed in Australia and
  • residents of non-private dwellings such as hospitals and motels.

5. Information was sought from approximately 5,420 households, and of these about 5,050 (93%) responded.


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. Estimates have been rounded and discrepancies may occur between sums of the component items and totals.


8. The 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.


9. The ABS produces a wide range of publications containing social and demographic statistics. Other ABS publications which relate to this survey topic include:

Community Fire Safety, New South Wales, October 1994 (Cat. No. 8715.1)

Household Safety, New South Wales, October 1998 (Cat. No. 4387.1)

Safety in the Home, Queensland, October 2001 (Cat. No. 4387.3)

Safety in the Home, Victoria, October 1998 (Cat. No. 4387.2)

Population Survey Monitor, November 1997 - November 2000 (Cat. No. 4103.0)

Household Safety, Sydney, November 1992 (Cat. No. 4387.1)

Safety in the Home, Melbourne, November 1992 (Cat. No. 4387.2)

Safety in the Home, Queensland, October 1996 (Cat. No. 4387.3)

Home Safety Devices, Western Australia, October 1996 (Cat. No. 4387.5)