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The Australian component of the 2000 International Crime Victims Survey (ICVS)

Technical and background paper no. 3

Carlos Carcach and Toni Makkai
ISBN 0 642 24273 9 ISSN 1445-7261
Canberra: Australian Institute of Criminology, February 2003

Abstract

This report discusses the technical details of the design, conduct and estimation methods of the Australian component of the 2000 International Crime Victims Survey (ICVS). Aspects discussed include the population covered by the survey; items included in the survey, especially offence categories; the structure of the survey questionnaire; the sample design used for the survey; procedures for the selection of households and respondents to the survey; survey operations; data collection procedures and sample size; the processing of the survey data, including weighting procedures; and aspects of the representativeness of the sample used. The report also discusses the results from an analysis that compares the Australian ICVS estimates with those from the latest published national Crime and Safety Survey conducted by the Australian Bureau of Statistics in 1998.