4710.0.55.001 - Community Housing and Infrastructure Needs Survey, Australia, Data Dictionary, 2006 (Reissue)  
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Reissue Note: Publication includes additional classifications.


The 2006 Community Housing and Infrastructure Needs Survey (CHINS) was enumerated from 1 March to 30 June 2006. The survey collected information on all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities throughout Australia.

The Australian Bureau of Statistics conducted the 2006 CHINS on behalf of, and with full funding from, the Department of Families, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs (FaCSIA).

Information collected includes:

  • details of current housing stock, dwelling management practices and selected income and expenditure arrangements of Indigenous organisations that provide housing to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples; and
  • details of housing and related infrastructure such as water, electricity, sewerage, drainage, rubbish collection and disposal as well as other facilities such as transport, communication, education, sport and health services, available in discrete Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.

CHINS Content Changes

One of the principal requirements of the 2006 CHINS was to maintain comparability with the 2001 CHINS so that the progress of programs implemented since the 2001 collection could be assessed. Accordingly, most of the questions asked in the 2001 collection were also asked in 2006.

The main differences between the collections are that the 2006 CHINS:

  • includes new questions in the housing questionnaire on housing management, income and expenditure, permanent dwellings and acquisitions and disposals
  • includes new questions in the community questionnaire on population increases, community needs, public facilities, water supply, electricity and gas supply, transport and communication facilities
  • includes enhancements to a number of modules to improve data quality and provide more detailed information
  • includes additional categories to questions on health programs, medical facilities and professionals to reflect current policies and programs
  • excludes questions n Indigenous housing organisations' incorporation status, providers and number of housing grants, and own funds used to improve housing stock
  • excludes, for discrete Indigenous communities, selected water supply questions, and questions on postal services, environmental health workers, first aid clinic/box and chemist/dispensary.