Find out more about Standards
Social standards are a set of guidelines. They specify how data for household surveys are collected, processed, and released. They document how the ABS:
Occasionally ABS surveys use 'departures' from preferred social standards where there is strong justification. In these cases a survey area is permitted to deviate from a particular component of the standard. As a result, some survey questions may ‘depart’ from the guidelines specified.
The ABS does not have standards for economic surveys like those used for social surveys. The ABS uses a range of sources to provide economic standards:
ABS Forms Design Standards
The ABS also has standards for developing self administered surveys (paper and electronic) and computer assisted interviewing (CAI).
For more information, contact the Standards and Classifications Section: firstname.lastname@example.org