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Tuesday, 3 March 1998
Page: 262


Mr Campbell asked the Treasurer, upon notice, on 22 September 1997:

(1) Can information collected by or in connection with the Census be matched against specific individuals; if so, (a) what and (b) for how long is the information kept.

(2) Did the Women's Safety Survey state that 5.9% of women experienced physical violence and 1.9% experienced sexual violence in the twelve months before the survey.

(3) What were the corresponding figures for each State and Territory.

(4) What were the figures for individual years in table 3.20 of the Women's Safety Survey for all age groups.


Mr Costello (Treasurer) —The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

(1) No. Information collected by or in connection with the Census cannot be matched against specific individuals.

(2) Yes.

(3) Corresponding figures for each State and Territory are as follows:

Women who experienced violence during the last 12 months

Physical violence

Sexual violence

per cent

per cent

New South Wales

5.7

2.1

Victoria

5.3

1.9

Queensland

6.7

1.6

South Australia

5.6

1.3

Western Australia

6.4

2.2

Tasmania

7.2

3.6

Northern Territory

8.7

3.0

Australian Capital Territory

4.6

1.8

It should be noted that the Women's Safety Survey was not designed to produce accurate estimates at State and Territory level and a number of these figures are subject to high sampling errors. Caution should be exercised when interpreting the figures as the differences between States are not statistically significant.

(4) It is possible to further disaggregate only the 1-5 year grouping in table 3.20. The figures are as follows:

Women who experienced violence by a man: When the incident occurred

When incident occurred (a)

Physical violence

Sexual violence

Total (c)

%

%

%

During last 12 months

16.4

10.9

17.2

1 to less than 2 years ago

9.2

6.3

10.0

2 to less than 3 years ago

8.4

6.1

9.3

3 to less than 5 years ago

13.1

11.7

14.7

5 years to less than 10 years

22.4

21.0

25.3

10 years to less than 20 years

24.0

30.2

29.6

20 years or more

18.2

30.3

25.3

TOTAL (%) (b)

100.0

100.0

100.0

TOTAL (`000) (b)

2,069.8

1209.2

2506.0

(a) A woman may have experienced violence more than once in the same time period. However, she is only counted once in that category.

(b) A woman may have experienced violence in more than one time period. However, she is only counted once in the total.

(c) A woman may have experienced both physical and sexual violence. However, she is only counted once in the total.

No further breakdown of the information is available by time. It should be noted that the data relate only to the last incident of violence by each type of perpetrator (eg. boyfriend, stranger, current or past partner). They are not rates which can be compared over time.