The NATSISS differs in focus from the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Survey (NATSIHS) but provides reporting on some overlapping content in both surveys, every 3 years. The NATSISS 2014-15 will be conducted from September 2014 through to the end of April 2015.
The main purpose of the survey is to monitor the social and economic wellbeing of Australia's Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander population. The NATSISS will expand on the information collected about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in previous social surveys to:
- explore Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples' participation in society and barriers to that participation;
- provide information that is relevant and useful for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in their own decision making and planning;
- allow for inter-relationships between different areas of social concern to be explored;
- provide insight into Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples' experiences of social and/or economic disadvantage;
- provide comparisons with the non-Indigenous population; and
- measure changes over time.