Department of Family and Community Services

Data sources and analysis

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The Report seeks to bring a range of information together in an easy-to-use format. It draws on:

  • Published and unpublished large-scale survey data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS).
  • Data from national specialist surveys, in particular the Household Income and Labour Dynamics Australia (HILDA) longitudinal survey.
  • Government administrative data that is associated with a specific program (for example, the Higher School Certificate, workers’ compensation or Commonwealth Rent Assistance).
  • NSW Government survey data that is published but may not be well-known to a broad audience (for example, the NSW Adult Population Health Survey).

While administrative data associated with service use should not be taken to be representative of a problem or issue, it can shed light on important topics. Where possible, data from different sources is presented to provide the reader with a balanced picture.

This choice is consistent with the NSW Government’s commitment to honest, transparent and accountable government as described in Goal 31 of NSW 2021, the State Plan.

Clearly, it is not always possible to utilise all these criteria to select an indicator but as many as possible have been considered for each indicator.

Census 2011 data (published by the ABS in 2012) has been used for the first time in this year’s Report. This makes it possible to offer more analysis about subgroups of women (for example, Aboriginal women and women from different birthplace and language groups) and to track changes between census periods. Note that all data used in the Report has been derived using the ABS product, TableBuilder Pro.

Readers should note that in some places data used in 2012 has been revised slightly where it is referred to in this year’s Report. This is either because the agency generating the data has revised it; because a slightly different data series has been used (eg trend rather than original data); to rectify a rounding or other error or because the data has been updated (eg presented in today’s dollars).

Usually in the Report, numbers are presented to one decimal point where numbers are less than 10, rounded to the nearest five for figures less than 100, nearest 10 for figures up to 1,000 and to the nearest 100 after that.