4102.0 - Australian Social Trends, 2006  
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General Information


General inquiries about the content and interpretation of statistics in this publication should be addressed to:

Social Analysis and Reporting Section
Australian Bureau of Statistics
Locked Bag 10
Belconnen ACT 2616
Telephone Canberra (02) 6252 7187

Inquiries about the availability of more recent data from the ABS should be directed to the National Information and Referral Service on 1300 135 070.


A complete list of ABS publications produced in Canberra and each of the Regional Offices is contained in the ABS Catalogue of Publications and Products (ABS cat. no. 1101.0), which is available from any ABS office or the ABS website. The ABS also issues a daily release advice on the website which details products to be released in the week ahead.

ABS Information Consultants can provide a wide range of ABS data tailored to meet your individual needs. For further information about the ABS Information Consultancy Service phone 1300 135 070, or email client.services@abs.gov.au.


The following abbreviations have been used in this publication.


NSWNew South Wales
SASouth Australia
WAWestern Australia
NTNorthern Territory
ACTAustralian Capital Territory


ABAREAustralian Bureau of Agricultural and Resource Economics
ABSAustralian Bureau of Statistics
ABSCQABS Classification of Qualifications
ACEAdult and Community Education
ACERAdult and Community Education
ASCCSSAustralian Standard Classification of Countries for Social Statistics
AD/HDAttention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder
AECAustralian Electoral Commission
AGSRCAverage Government School Recurrent Costs
AIHWAustralian Institute of Health and Welfare
ANUAustralian National University
ANZSICAustralian and New Zealand Standard Industry Classification
ARIAAccessibility/Remoteness Index of Australia
ASCEDAustralian Standard Classification of Education
ASCOAustralian Standard Classification of Occupations
ASGCAustralian Standard Geographical Classification
ASTAustralian Social Trends
CAAHCentre for Advancement of Adolescent Health
CDEPCommunity Development Employment Project
CPIConsumer Price Index
CRACommonwealth Rent Assistance
CSAChild Support Agency
DESTDepartment of Education Science and Training
DOHADepartment of Health and Ageing
DSFDusseldorp Skills Forum
ERPEstimated Resident Population
FTEFull-time Equivalent
GDPGross Domestic Product
GFSGovernment Finance Statistics
GSSGeneral Social Survey
HALEHealth Adjusted Life Expectancy
HECSHigher Education Contribution Scheme
HESHousehold Expenditure Survey
ICDInternational Classification of Diseases
ICHRInstitute of Child Health Research
ISCEDInternational Standard Classification of Education
LFSLabour Force Survey
LGALocal Government Area
LORILevel of Relative Isolation
MAPMeasures of Australia's Progress
MCDMultiple Cause of Death
MCEETYAMinisterial Council on Education, Employment, Training and Youth Affairs
NATSIHSNational Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Survey 2004–2005
NATSISS National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Survey 2002
NGSNational Greenhouse Strategy
NHMRCNational Health and Medical Research Council
OADOverseas Arrivals and Departures
OECDOrganisation for Economic Cooperation and Development
PISAProgramme for International Student Assessment
ROGSReport on Government Services
SCRGSPSteering Committee for the Review of Government Service Provision
SDStatistical Division
SESSocioeconomic Status
SIH Survey of Income and Housing
SACCStandard Australian Classification of Countries
SDACSurvey of Disability, Ageing and Carers
SDQStrengths and Difficulties Questionnaire
TAFE Technical and Further Education
TFRTotal Fertility Rate
TMHCTranscultural Mental Health Centre
UK United Kingdom
UNPDUnited Nations Population Division
USAUnited States of America
VET Vocational Education and Training
WAACHSWestern Australian Aboriginal Child Health Survey
WACHSWestern Australian Child Health Survey
WHOWorld Health Organisation


The following symbols and usages mean:

billion 1,000 million
n.a. not available
n.e.c. not elsewhere classified
n.f.d. not further defined
n.p. not published
n.y.a. not yet available
no. number
p preliminary — figures or series subject to revision
r figures or series revised since previous edition
'000 thousand
'000m thousand million
$ dollar
$m million dollars
$b billion dollars
$US American dollar
% per cent
* estimate has a relative standard error of 25% to 50% and should be used with caution
** estimate has a relative standard error of greater than 50% and is considered too unreliable for general use
. . not applicable
— nil or rounded to zero (including null cells)


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

Unless otherwise stated, where source data used included a non-response category (i.e. not stated), data in this category have been excluded prior to the calculation of percentages. Total numbers shown with such percentages include the number of non-responses.

Each chapter contains a national summary table which provides, where possible, ten years of data for a particular indicator. These time series are designed to give a long-term overview and readers should be cautious when interpreting small year to year variations, as some may not be statistically significant.

Unless otherwise stated, all data from the Census of Population and Housing are based on the location of people on census night, i.e. their place of enumeration.

Unless otherwise stated, all data from the Census of Population and Housing exclude overseas visitors.

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