Measuring indigenous poverty in urban NSW

Rebecca Reeve

Research output: Contribution to conferenceAbstract


This presentation focuses on Chapter 3 of my research into Indigenous poverty in urban NSW. In 2002, the Productivity Commission developed a framework encompassing a series of indicators with which to measure and target Indigenous disadvantage. Employing a selection of these indicators, I measure the extent of Indigenous poverty in urban NSW, using data from the 2002 National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Survey (NATSISS), and benchmark these findings against the non-Indigenous population, using 2002 General Social Survey (GSS) data. A combination of Pearson chi-square analysis and pair-wise t-tests are employed to test for significant differences between the Indigenous and non-Indigenous populations. To avoid bias resulting from non-random sampling, the statistical analyses incorporate replicate weight methods and design effects to account for the complex survey designs of NATSISS and GSS. Multidimensional measures of Indigenous poverty in urban NSW will assist in assessing whether local policies are targeting appropriate areas.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages1
Publication statusPublished - 2006
EventHigher Degree Research Expo (2nd : 2006) - Sydney
Duration: 1 Aug 20061 Aug 2006


ConferenceHigher Degree Research Expo (2nd : 2006)


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