4529.0.00.003 - Foundation for a National Data Collection and Reporting Framework for family, domestic and sexual violence, 2014  
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This publication was completed in consultation with a range of Commonwealth, State and Territory governments and other organisations that operate in the field of family, domestic and sexual violence policy, research, service provision and prevention.

The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) acknowledges the support and input of the Department of Social Services (DSS) which, under the auspices of the National Plan to Reduce Violence against Women and their Children (2010-2022) (National Plan), provided funding support for the development of this publication by the ABS.

The ABS thanks the individuals and groups involved for their contributions to this publication.


The purpose of this publication is to provide an overview of the Foundation for a National Data Collection and Reporting Framework (DCRF) and to act as a guide for organisations about the collection of administrative data in respect to family, domestic and sexual violence. The DCRF identifies the key data items and recording formats required to improve reporting of family, domestic and sexual violence in Australia. It is designed to assist in reporting at different levels; from monitoring of service provision and funding submissions through to meeting requirements for national data collection, analysis and reporting. The aims of the DCRF are to provide:

a clear, concise and logical structure for data collection activities;
guidelines for collecting data items to ensure consistent family, domestic and sexual violence reporting; and
advice to organisations on the implementation of data collection, storage and reporting practices.


This publication continues the ABS role to provide guidance and leadership on standards, classifications, frameworks and best practice guides in the use of statistics, including those produced from administrative data. It can be used in conjunction with other ABS papers in the quality management series, including:

ABS Data Quality Framework, May 2009 (cat.no. 1520.0);
Quality Management of Statistical Processes Using Quality Gates, Dec 2010 (cat. no. 1540.0);
Quality Management of Statistical Outputs Produced From Administrative Data, Mar 2011 (cat. no. 1522.0); and
Statistical Quality Incident Response Plan, Jun 2012 (cat. no. 1542.0).

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