4159.0.55.002 - General Social Survey: User Guide, Australia, 2010  
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Below is information describing the range of data products available from the 2010 GSS, both in published form and on request. Products available on the ABS web site <www.abs.gov.au> are indicated accordingly.


The publication, General Social Survey: Summary Results, Australia (cat. no. 4159.0), presents summary results from the survey. The publication was released in September 2011 and is available free of charge on the ABS web site www.abs.gov.au. The tables are available in spreadsheet format from the ABS web site, refer to the downloads tab for cat. no. 4159.0, and are predominantly national level data tables, but some tables show state and territory results. Estimates, relative standard errors (RSEs) of estimates, proportions and RSEs of proportions are presented for each publication table.

State/Territory tables

Versions of the tables from the summary publication compiled separately for each state and territory will be available on the ABS web site <www.abs.gov.au> in late December 2011. These tables will be customised depending on the size of the sampling error. They will be released in spreadsheet format as General Social Survey: States and Territories (cat. no. 4159.0.55.003). The spreadsheets will present the proportions and related RSEs for each table.


For users who wish to undertake more detailed analysis of the survey data, microdata from the 2010 GSS will be released in the form of two confidentialised unit record files (CURFs): the Basic CURF and the Expanded CURF. The Expanded CURF will contain more detail than the Basic CURF and will only be available via the Remote Access Data Laboratory (RADL), which is a secure Internet based data query service. The Basic CURF will be available via CD-ROM or RADL. Information regarding the Basic CURF and the Expanded CURF (Microdata: General Social Survey, CURF, Australia, cat. no. 4159.0.30.003) is included in this User Guide, Chapter 7: Using the microdata.

Data available on request

Special tabulations of GSS data are available on request, for a fee. Subject to confidentiality and sampling variability constraints, tabulations can be produced from the survey incorporating data items, populations and geographic areas selected to meet individual requirements. These can be provided in printed or electronic form. Please refer to the contact details provided on the front of this publication.

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