NACCHO Alert : Future Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health @ABSStats Surveys – #HaveYourSay 2020 Plus @aihw Stakeholders survey

 ” The ABS is committed to providing a range of opportunities for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to provide feedback and we are asking you to tell us your thoughts and suggestions on all elements of the proposed health survey including how and what information should be collected.”

There are many ways you can provide your feedback to ABS : See Part 1 below 

For AIHW See Part 2 Below 

Part 1: There are many ways you can provide your feedback to the ABS 

1.Workshop update 2.00 pm 19 March

Due to the rapidly evolving situation around novel coronavirus (COVID-19) in Australia and internationally, the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) has postponed all face-to-face health survey workshops and community sessions which were due to be held across Australia from March until June 2020.

The health and safety of our stakeholders is our highest priority, and this decision was taken with due consideration of the medical advice available and after listening to our stakeholders and members of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community.

We acknowledge there has been a lot of interest in these workshops and community sessions, and we hope to be able to run them in the future. In the interim we are exploring options for virtual consultation, such as video conferences or Webinars.

You can have your say now through the ABS paper Future Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Surveys – Have Your Say, 2020, or by completing an online survey.

We will be in touch as more information becomes available.

If you would like more information, please contact us via email (


See above

3.Connect with an Engagement Manager

The ABS has Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Engagement Managers in each state and territory who are keen to have discussions with you, either at a community session or directly if you prefer.

4.Complete our eSurvey

The electronic survey covers a range of key topics and discussion points as well as the ability to provide general comments. For those interested, the survey can be accessed here ABS Consultation Hub

5.Write to us

In addition the ABS invites people to submit written feedback in response to this discussion paper.

Submissions are welcome until 15 June 2020 and can be forwarded electronically or in hard copy using the contact details below.


Or by post to:

Director of CoEATSIS

Locked Bag 10

Belconnen ACT 2616

A report on the engagement undertaken will be made available at the end of the consultation.

Part 2

As one of our valued stakeholders, your opinion is important to us and we would appreciate it if you could complete a short survey.

The aim of this survey is to better understand your preferences for engaging with us and what topics (that we currently report on) you find most useful or would like us to start reporting on.

Your participation will help to guide our stakeholder engagement plans in the future.

If you have any questions regarding this survey, please contact the team via or phone +61 2 6249 5089.

This survey will close on Monday 23 March 2020. 

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