4715.0.55.001 - Microdata: National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health, Australia, 2018-19 Quality Declaration 
Latest ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 11/12/2019   
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  • Quality Declaration - Summary

Quality Declaration - Summary

Institutional environment

The 2018–19 National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Survey (NATSIHS) will be released as:

    • detailed microdata files in the DataLab
    • a TableBuilder

To maintain confidentiality, microdata files must meet the conditions specified in the Statistics Determination section of the Census and Statistics Act 1905.

More information on confidentiality practices can be found at:
For information on the institutional environment of the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS), including the legislative obligations of the ABS, financing and governance arrangements, and mechanisms for scrutiny of ABS operations, please see ABS Institutional Environment.


Information from the 2018–19 NATSIHS contributes to existing data on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and the formulation of government policies and legislation.

The 2018–19 NATSIHS collected information on a range of topics including:
    • long-term health conditions
    • health actions and health service use
    • nutrition
    • physical activity
    • physical measurements
    • risk factors such as alcohol consumption, discrimination, smoking and substance use
    • experiences of harm
    • medications
    • social and emotional wellbeing
    • cultural identification
    • language
    • general demographic information
    • personal and household characteristics
    • education and employment
    • income

Detailed information about the data items available for each microdata product is provided in the data item lists in the Downloads section.


The 2018–19 NATSIHS was conducted from 1 July 2018 to 13 April 2019.

A summary of findings, including a broad set of tables in spreadsheet format was available on the ABS website on 11 December 2019.

Detailed microdata was released via the DataLab on 11 December 2019. A TableBuilder product is expected to be released in the first quarter of 2020, subject to the approval of the Australian Statistician.


The microdata contain levels of detail of data items generally greater than those found in publications. For more information on the level of detail provided for the microdata, see the associated data items lists in the Downloads section.

Steps are taken to confidentialise the microdata files in a way that maximises the usefulness of the content while maintaining the confidentiality of respondents in the survey. As a result, it may not be possible to exactly reconcile all the statistics produced from the microdata with other published statistics. Further information about the steps taken to confidentialise the microdata is available in How the ABS keeps your information confidential.


This is the fourth health survey of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people conducted by the ABS. The previous surveys were conducted in 2012–13 (as part of the Australian Health Survey), 2004–05 and 2001.

Information about the comparability of each data item to the previous release in 2012–13, as well as to the 2017–18 National Health Survey, can be found in the data item lists available in the Downloads section.


The information within this product should be referred to when using the microdata. It contains information about accessing the data, the data and file structure, and how to use each of the microdata products.

Further information can be found in National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Survey, 2018–19 (cat. no. 4715.0). In particular, information to assist in interpretation of the data can be found in the Interpretation of Results section of the Explanatory Notes.


Microdata products are available to approved users. Users wanting to access microdata should familiarise themselves with information available via the Microdata Entry Page.

The 2018–19 NATSIHS microdata can be accessed using detailed microdata in the DataLab environment or TableBuilder.

The Compare Access Options page contains general information on different types of microdata product access. A full list of available microdata can be viewed via Available Microdata.

Other data are available from the ABS on a fee for service basis, subject to confidentiality and data quality constraints. Tabulations to meet individual requirements can incorporate data items, populations and geographic areas.

For further information, contact information is available on the Microdata contacts page.

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