The Australian Bureau of Statistics has a unit specifically devoted to indigenous statistics, the National Centre for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Statistics (NCATSIS).
NCATSIS has offices in both Canberra and Darwin and is responsible for providing statistical leadership in the field of Indigenous statistics, including the coordination of statistical issues concerning Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
In addition, staff from the Northern Territory NCATSIS team develop and maintain close relationships with key stakeholders to understand their data needs, as well as add value to ABS Indigenous data through analysis and dissemination.
The ABS Indigenous Community Engagement Strategy aims to provide statistical and information consultancy services and expand engagement activities.
This strategy and its associated themes are aimed at bridging the gap between the ABS and Indigenous communities, through producing culturally appropriate materials on ABS statistics and engaging with Indigenous communities, organisations and people.
The unit can be contacted on either 1800 633 216 (free call) or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Every six years the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Survey (NATSISS) is run by the ABS. For the first time children aged 0-14 years were included in the 2008 survey.
Results from the 2008 NATSISS are expected to be released in November this year.
If you can’t wait till then here are some Indigenous themed questions to whet your appetite.