STATISTICAL COLLECTION INFORMATION
The Directory presents information about each data source in separate entries. A description of the information included in each Directory entry follows below.
At the top of each page is a 'dashboard' style snapshot of the key dataset information. This assists readers to make an initial assessment of relevancy before proceeding to the more detailed collection information.
Describes whether the data source is a survey or administrative by-product data collection.
Provides details of the largest geographic area covered by the collection (e.g. Australia, or a particular state or territory), and also lists all geographic levels, from broadest to finest, for which statistical outputs are available.
Provides details of the frequency with which the survey is conducted (e.g. annual, irregular) or the administrative by-product collection is updated.
Indicates the availability of data (e.g. publically available, available on request, charged consultancy) and the format in which data is disseminated (e.g. publication, annual report, data tables, online interactive data tool).
STATISTICAL COLLECTION OVERVIEW
Provides contact details for the agency that owns or manages the dataset. Specific enquiries about the collection should be made using these details.
Describes the purpose of the data collection and provides a brief overview of the type of information collected.
Describes when the collection commenced and the time period covered by the dataset. Any limitations to the comparability of the data over time, including breaks in series, are provided. More information about comparability over time is generally available in the most recent publication for a collection.
Provides further details about how information is collected, recorded, stored and output. Concerns noted by data custodians (e.g. regarding comparability or other limitations to the data) are included where relevant.
Scope and coverage
Scope refers to the population for whom data is collected. For example, the scope of a survey might be persons aged 18 years of age and over, or for administrative data this might be all persons who attended a health service for medical assistance.
Coverage refers to the actual population that is included in the dataset, as some persons in scope of a data collection may be excluded for practical reasons, such as residing in a remote geographic location, or if the list (frame) used to source the population was not accurate.
More information about scope and coverage in the context of statistical collections can be found in the Methods Used in ABS Household Surveys section in Labour Statistics: Concepts, Sources, and Methods, Feb 2018 (cat. no. 6102.0.55.001); and Measuring Victims of Crime: A Guide to Using Administrative and Survey Data, June 2011 (cat. no. 4500.0.55.001).
Definition of Family and Domestic Violence
Provides details about the definition of family and domestic violence used in the data source. This may be based on state or territory legislation; an operational definition, such as criteria for service provision eligibility; or a behavioural-based definition.
Definition of Sexual Violence
Provides details about the definition of sexual violence used in the data source. This may be based on state or territory legislation; an operational definition, such as criteria for service provision eligibility; or a behavioural-based definition.
Data availability and dissemination
Provides information on the range and type of publicly available data from the data source; whether customised data are available upon request (with or without cost); terms of access; and any release criteria associated with obtaining data.
Contains electronic links to publications, including: statistical collections, research papers, analytical reports, and annual reports.
How the statistical collection informs national data initiatives
Provides an overview of if/how the data source informs or aligns with key initiatives relating to family, domestic, and sexual violence statistics as outlined in two ABS publications: