CIV Survey 2007

Why was the CIV Survey undertaken?
The CIV Survey was conducted because not all of the CIV indicator framework could be populated with data from existing administrative, survey or Census data because the data does not exist either at the required Local Government Area (LGA) level or at all.  The CIV Survey provides estimates to form indicators and fill some of these data gaps in the framework.
What was included in the CIV Survey?
Respondents were asked to answer questions on their health, life satisfaction, transport issues, arts participation, personal safety, citizen engagement, cultural diversity, water conservation, employment, food security and general household demographics.  The survey questionnaire was developed by CIV in consultation with key stakeholders.  Standard and validated questions were used wherever possible such as those used in previous Australian Bureau of Statistics surveys.  Due to constraints on the length of the average survey interview, some standard questions modules and other items included in pilot testing were not able to be included in the final survey.
How was the CIV Survey conducted?
The CIV Survey selected households at random using random digit dialling.  Trained interviewers conducted the survey over the telephone using computer assisted telephone interviewing (CATI).  Approximately 24,000 Victorians completed the survey. Postcodes localities of respondents were confirmed to ensure that the sample included 300 respondents aged 18 years or older in each of the 79 Victorian LGAs.  Interviewing was conducted from late January until early April in 2007. 
One person in each household completed a telephone interview.  In order to avoid over-representation of females in older age groups, interviewers first asked to speak to the youngest household members before approaching older members.  On average, each survey telephone interview took 11.5 minutes and interviewers attempted to make contact with a household by making up to six calls.