ABS National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Survey (NATSISS), 2014-15

First year: 2002

Latest year: 2014–15

Frequency: Every 6 years

Year in this publication: 2014–15

Sample size: 11,178 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women and men completed the 2014–15 survey.

Methodology: Survey

Geography: National


The NATSISS provides broad information across key areas of social concern for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians nationally, by state and territory and by remoteness area. Non-Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander persons are out of scope for this survey.

It provides information on a range of demographic, social, environmental and economic indicators, including: personal and household characteristics; geography; language and cultural activities; social networks and support; health and disability; education; employment; financial stress; income; transport; personal safety, crime and justice; and housing.

Scope and coverage

The NATSISS includes all Indigenous people residing in private dwellings in Australia. This includes houses, flats, home units and other structures used as private places of residence at the time of the survey. People who usually reside in non-private dwellings, such as hotels, motels, hostels, hospitals, nursing homes, and short-stay caravan parks were not in scope. Usual residents are those who usually live in a particular dwelling and regard it as their own or main home. Visitors to private dwellings that had been resident six months or longer were included.

The survey was conducted in remote and non-remote areas in all states and territories of Australia, including discrete Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities. It was designed to produce reliable estimates at the national level and for each state and territory. Additional sample was collected in the Torres Strait Area, to ensure data of sufficient quality for the Torres Strait Area and the remainder of Queensland.

FDSV definitions

The survey has limited information on violence, as this is not the focus of the survey. The violence data is limited to the last 12 months and only includes physical violence and threatened physical violence. The results are not comparable to the PSS results.

For more information, visit National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Survey, 2014–15, cat. no. 4714.0