4159.0.55.002 - General Social Survey: User Guide, Australia, 2010  
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The 2010 GSS collected information about:

  • demographic characteristics
  • health and disability
  • housing and mobility
  • education
  • employment
  • income
  • financial stress, resilience and exclusion
  • assets and liabilities
  • information technology
  • transport
  • family and community involvement
  • experience of homelessness
  • crime and feelings of safety
  • attendance at culture and leisure venues
  • sports attendance and participation
  • social networks and social participation
  • voluntary work
  • visa category

All households were asked questions relating to the topics listed above. Most information was collected from the selected person aged 18 years or over. Some information relating to the household, e.g. financial and housing items, may have been collected from a household spokesperson if the selected person nominated a more appropriate person to report on behalf of other members of the household.

Further information about the content of the survey can be obtained by referring to the list of survey data items available on the ABS web site www.abs.gov.au. Many data items available from the survey were derived from responses to a number of survey questions. The questionnaire and the associated prompt cards used to collect the data are also available on the ABS web site www.abs.gov.au. The definitions and concepts used in the survey are detailed below.

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