4602.0.00.002 - Community Engagement with Nature Conservation, Australia , 2011-12 Quality Declaration 
ARCHIVED ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 26/03/2013  First Issue
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The Community Engagement with Nature Conservation Survey was conducted throughout Australia during the 2011–12 financial year. The survey was conducted as a component of the 2011–12 Multipurpose Household Survey (MPHS), collected as a supplement to the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) monthly Labour Force Survey (LFS). One person aged 18 years and over was randomly selected from each in-scope household to be interviewed for the survey.

This survey presents information about nature conservation activities undertaken in Australia in the past twelve months including participation in natural environment related activities, participation in nature conservation activities, advocacy for nature conservation and consideration of the negative effect on the environment when shopping.


The 2011–12 financial year is the first time that the Community Engagement with Nature Conservation Survey has been conducted. Data from this survey is released approximately nine months after enumeration. It is unknown at this stage whether the survey will be run again.


After taking into account sample loss, the response rate for the Community Engagement with Nature Conservation Survey was 77%. In total, information was collected from 12,791 fully responding households.

Estimates in this publication are subject to sampling and non-sampling errors. Sampling error is the error associated with taking a sample of dwellings rather than going to all dwellings in Australia. In this publication the sampling error is measured by the relative standard error (RSE), this is the standard error expressed as a percentage of the estimate. Non-sampling errors can occur in any data collection, whether based on a sample or a full count such as a census. Sources of non-sampling error include non-response, errors in reporting by respondents or recording answers by interviewers, and errors in coding or processing of data. Every effort is made to reduce the non–sampling error by careful design and testing of questions, training of interviewers, follow-up of respondents and extensive editing and quality control procedures at all stages of data processing.

Only estimates (numbers and proportions) with RSEs less than 25% are considered sufficiently reliable for most purposes. Estimates with RSEs between 25% and 50% have been included and are annotated to indicate they are subject to high sampling variability and should be used with caution. In addition, estimates with RSEs greater than 50% have also been included and annotated to indicate they are considered too unreliable for general use.


This is the first time the Community Engagement with Nature Conservation Survey has been collected in the MPHS. As a result, no data is available for direct comparison.


This publication contains tables with annotated data and a summary of the main findings to assist with the interpretation of the results of the survey. Detailed Explanatory Notes, a Technical Note on Data Quality and a Glossary are also included providing information on the terminology, classifications and other technical aspects associated with these statistics.


All tables and associated RSEs are available in an Excel spreadsheet which can be accessed from the Downloads tab of this publication.

Additional tables may also be available on request. Note that detailed data can be subject to high RSEs and, in some cases, may result in data being confidentialised.

For further information about these or related statistics, contact the National Information and Referral Service on 1300 135 070.