National Survey of Health and Wellbeing
This is an important national survey that collects information about the health and wellbeing of people in Australia and how they use health services and programs.
Your participation is an opportunity to make a real difference. Results are used by governments, researchers and community groups to better understand the health and wellbeing of Australians.
Ready to start your survey now?
Click the button below to create your ABS Survey Account and register your household contact details so that we can arrange your interview at a time that is convenient for you.
About this survey
About this survey
I've been chosen to be in the National Survey of Health and Wellbeing – what is this?
How is the information from this survey used and why is it important?
By taking part, you can ensure that your experiences and circumstances become part of the story of life in Australia today. Decisions about general and mental health services and programs can be made by analysing data from this survey. The information you provide will help to shape policies and services which improve the lives of all Australians.
Why was my household selected?
Rather than survey the whole population, we use a scientific sampling process designed to collect data which builds a picture that includes people from all areas of Australia. Everyone has a chance of being selected for this important national survey.
Once a household has been selected, another household cannot be substituted in its place, as changing the random selection could mean some parts of the community are under or over represented.
It is important that all selected households complete the survey in order to make sure the results represent the whole community. This means that decisions made about services provided by government, local councils and community groups are made using the most accurate information.
How do I complete the survey?
If you are having trouble accessing your form, registering for the survey or have lost your Form Access Code, please call us on 1800 093 322 and an ABS officer will be happy to assist you.
Once you have created your ABS Survey Account and registered your account details for the Survey of Health and Wellbeing, an ABS Interviewer will make contact to set up an appointment to complete the survey at a time that is convenient for you.
For the first part of the survey, the Interviewer will ask questions about everyone in the household about age, sex and marital status. Then, we will randomly select one person in your household to answer questions about their health, lifestyle and use of health services.
If we don't hear anything from you before the due date (shown on the letter we sent), one of our interviewers will make contact to set up an appointment to complete the survey with you.
Is the survey compulsory?
Under the Act, you are obliged to provide the information being requested, unless otherwise specified by your interviewer. All the information you provide will remain strictly confidential and is protected under the Act.
Who in my household will be required to participate?
We will then randomly select one person in your household to answer a range of questions about their health and lifestyle such as:
For any personal visits, our staff will always identify themselves, show you their official ABS photo identification and clearly explain the information they are seeking and how it will be used.
You may receive calls from numbers that you are not familiar with, including mobile phone or “unknown” numbers. This is because many of our Interviewers are teleworkers and use ABS authorised mobile phones and office phones, connected to our highly secure networks, to arrange appointments.
Remember -The ABS will NEVER ask you to provide or confirm your bank details.
If you are concerned, call us on 1800 093 322 and we will confirm your selection in the survey and the identity of the Interviewer who is contacting you.
What happens if there are people in my household who don't speak English?
Will I be paid for my time?
How will you keep my information safe, secure and confidential?
All ABS employees have signed a legally enforceable Undertaking of Fidelity and Security in which they agree to keep any information, including personal information which they may deal with in the course of their work, private and confidential. This agreement applies to ABS employees for the rest of their lives, even if they leave the ABS. The penalty for breaching this is two years imprisonment, a $26,640 fine, or both.
Will the information I provide be combined with other data?
We often combine data from two or more surveys because combining data helps fill the gaps — and saves you time. The information you provide for the National Survey of Health and Wellbeing will be combined with information from other government sources. Combining data from these sources will provide a clearer picture of the health and wellbeing of people in Australia than what can be achieved by any one of these sources. By reusing existing data, we also reduce the need for Australian households and businesses to provide more information.
Governments, researchers and community groups will use this vital data to better understand the health and lifestyles of Australians and the health services Australians use and need. This will help design policies and services to improve the lives of Australians. For an example on how combining data from multiple sources has been used to informed health policies and services, click here.
How can I provide feedback about my experience in the National Survey of Health and Wellbeing?
You can use our feedback form to provide us with feedback. For this survey, please select the option "Participation in an ABS Household Survey".
I'm having trouble registering for my survey online – where can I find help?
You can also call us on 1800 093 322 and one of our team will be happy to assist you.
Who can I contact for more information?