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RESPONSE RATES AND SAMPLE ACHIEVED
After screening households in remote non-community areas, 12.9% were identified as having an Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander usual resident. Of these households, 76.8% adequately responded to the survey. This response rate does not take into account approximately 4.4% of households who were unable to be contacted after screening. In non-remote areas, approximately 2.4% of screened households were identified as Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander households, with a response rate of 78.2% and 5.4% of households unable to be contacted.
In remote communities, 89.4% of in-scope households were fully or adequately responding. This response rate for non-remote communities was 72.6% of in-scope households.
Table 2.4.2. Summary of screening and response rates, by remoteness and community/non-community sample
(a) Households identified with a member who is of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander origin, as a proportion of households screened.
(b) Households where at least one person completed the personal interview, as a proportion of identified households approached for interview (excluding those unable to be contacted after screening).
Some survey respondents provided most of the required information, but were unable or unwilling to provide a response to certain data items. The records for these persons were retained in the sample and the missing values were recorded as 'don't know' or 'not stated'. No attempt was made to deduce or impute for these missing values. An exception of this was for household income. Household income is calculated by adding the sum of the individual incomes of all persons in the household aged 15 years and over. For selected persons this is part of the personal interview, and for other non-selected household members this is asked of the household spokesperson. If the household spokesperson reported that a household member receives only Newstart, disability support pension, age pension or a carers payment but reported a 'don't know' or 'refusal' for the income amount, these values were imputed as the maximum allowable fortnightly pension amount based on relationship status using A Guide to Australian Government payments, 1 January - 19 March 2015.
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