The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) have released the 2014-2015 National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Survey (NATSISS). The NATSISS is the most comprehensive Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander-specific survey in Australia.
Run every six years, the NATSISS covers a broad range of social subject matter including culture and cultural identity, social networks, housing, health-related topics, employment and education. For the first time in 2014-15, NATSISS collected information on adult participation in organised sport, experiences of homelessness and issues linked to mental health.
Professor Tom Calma AO, NATSISS champion and former Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice Commissioner, said the survey originated from a recommendation by the Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody that identified more information about Aboriginal and Torres Islander peoples was needed to close the inequality gaps.
“The first National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Survey was carried out in 1994, so there’s now 20 years of detailed data available for us to look at and discuss,” said Professor Calma.
“This survey is not just about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, it’s for us. We need this information to make sure that we are getting things right – we need to feel confident that our issues are accurately reflected in government policies, programs and services.”
This is the first round of results to be released from the survey. More information will be made available to the public over coming months.
To watch an animation about the NATSISS results click here..
A full summary of the key findings from the 2014–15 NATSISS can be found here.