ABARE Survey on Indigenous People in Mining, Financial Year 2000/2001 -->
B. User Requirements, Survey Objectives, and Budget
B1 Purpose of survey
Why do you need to conduct a survey? (B1)
Note. Refers to the underlying information requirements that the survey is intended to address. For example, what problems the agency is trying to solve? What decisions need to be made? What specific policies or actions are being determined or assessed? Should detail who requires the information. Survey objectives should be included in "B2" below.
This program was officially launched on 3 August 2001, and is designed to build on current efforts of the mining industry and indigenous communities to improve cooperative relationships. There are six main areas that have been identified which will be addressed as part of the program:
- Education and training;
- Business opportunities;
- Cultural awareness;
- Capacity building; and
- Economic empowerment.
A major role of the ABARE survey is to assess the current relationship between the mining industry and local indigenous communities from a mining industry perspective. The reference year for the study is the 2001-02 financial year. In particular, the survey will collect labour market information on indigenous people working in the mining industry. More specific details of the survey are outlined in question B2.
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How will the survey outputs meet the needs specified in B1? What are the target RSEs for the survey? (B2)
Note. Should include a brief overview of the main topics the survey will cover. If applicable, provides details of any constraints including: fixed costs, fixed sample size, fixed accuracy (eg target RSEs, Confidence Intervals), etc.
The questionnaire collects the following indigenous labour market information:
- Production information by mineral resource
- Indigenous employment statistics (including size of labour force, full time versus part time status, gender, occupation types, highest education completed, working hours, income, age of employees, length of employment)
- Information on education and training programs used by indigenous employees
- Proximity of mine site to local indigenous communities
- Information on the economic contribution to local/regional indigenous communities
Information is required at several different levels. These include:
- At the aggregate level
- By size of mine site (measured by production levels)
- By mineral resource
- By location (state, region)
- By full time/part time status
- By gender,
and other segmentations accounted for in the survey.
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The survey will be completed by telephone interview.
DITR is providing the funding to ABARE to undertake this survey as stated in the current service level agreement (SLA).
What is the timetable for the survey? (B3)
Note. Should include: testing, the date questionnaires are printed or finalised, the date data collection commences, the date data collection finishes, and when results will be available. SCH approval for the survey is to be obtained before data collection commences.
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The survey process will start as close to 1 April 2003 as possible, and be completed at the latest by 30 April 2003. Aggregated results will be presented in an ABARE research report due to DITR by June 2003.