1300.1.55.001 - Statistics News NSW, Mar 2007  
ARCHIVED ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 29/03/2007   
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A new snapshot of Australian life will be available with the results of the 2006 General Social Survey (GSS) in late March, the second in a series of repeat surveys. You can see the results from the first in General Social Survey, Summary Results, Australia, 2002 (cat. no. 4159.0).

The GSS draws together information across a wide range of topics including living arrangements, country of birth and proficiency in English; housing; education and work (mostly paid); income, financial stress, assets and liabilities; health and disability; crime and safety; transport and information technology; participation in sport and physical activities and attendance at sport and cultural events and venues. Additions in 2006 were housing mobility, access to and communication with service providers, the citizenship or visa status of immigrants who arrived in the previous 21 years, and an expanded set of voluntary work and giving information.

A new dimension of interest in the 2006 GSS is information about people's personal relationships, reciprocity, trust and community involvements. You will be able to study people's social resources along with their financial and other resources, and identify the variety of circumstances associated with active community involvement.

GSS information makes it possible to examine areas of social wellbeing for many different populations of interest. The survey is designed to produce state level information and can provide data at some lower geographic levels such as urban/rural breakdowns and remoteness areas. Releases will include General Social Survey, Summary Results, Australia, 2006 (cat. no. 4159.0) and a parallel set of state tables; confidentialised unit record files; and a user guide/data reference package.

For further information contact Elisabeth Davis on (02) 6252 7880 or email client.services@abs.gov.au.