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Person—Indigenous status, code N

Identifying and definitional attributes

Metadata item type:Help on this termData Element
Short name:Help on this termIndigenous status
Synonymous names:Help on this termIndigenous status
METeOR identifier:Help on this term270157
Registration status:Help on this termHealth, Superseded 04/05/2005
Community Services (retired), Superseded 25/08/2005
Data Element Concept:Person—Indigenous status

Value domain attributes

Representational attributes

Representation class:Help on this termCode
Data type:Help on this termNumber
Format:Help on this termN
Maximum character length:Help on this term1
Permissible values:Help on this term
ValueMeaning
1Aboriginal but not Torres Strait Islander origin
2Torres Strait Islander but not Aboriginal origin
3Both Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander origin
4Neither Aboriginal nor Torres Strait Islander origin
Supplementary values:Help on this term
9Not stated/inadequately described

Collection and usage attributes

Guide for use:Help on this term

This metadata item is based on the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) standard for Indigenous status. For detailed advice on its use and application please refer to the ABS Website as indicated in the Reference documents.

The classification for Indigenous status has a hierarchical structure comprising two levels. There are four categories at the detailed level of the classification which are grouped into two categories at the broad level. There is one supplementary category for 'not stated' responses. The classification is as follows:

Indigenous:

  • Aboriginal but not Torres Strait Islander origin.
  • Torres Strait Islander but not Aboriginal origin.
  • Both Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander origin.

Non-Indigenous:

  • Neither Aboriginal nor Torres Strait Islander origin.

Not stated/ inadequately described:

This category is not to be available as a valid answer to the questions but is intended for use:

  • Primarily when importing data from other data collections that do not contain mappable data.
  • Where an answer was refused.
  • Where the question was not able to be asked prior to completion of assistance because the client was unable to communicate or a person who knows the client was not available.

Only in the last two situations may the tick boxes on the questionnaire be left blank.

Data element attributes

Collection and usage attributes

Collection methods:Help on this term

The standard question for Indigenous Status is as follows:

[Are you] [Is the person] [Is (name)] of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander origin?

(For persons of both Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander origin, mark both 'Yes' boxes.)

No....................................................

Yes, Aboriginal...............................

Yes, Torres Strait Islander............

This question is recommended for self-enumerated or interview-based collections. It can also be used in circumstances where a close relative, friend, or another member of the household is answering on behalf of the subject. It is strongly recommended that this question be asked directly wherever possible.

When someone is not present, the person answering for them should be in a position to do so, i.e. this person must know well the person about whom the question is being asked and feel confident to provide accurate information about them.

This question must always be asked regardless of data collectors' perceptions based on appearance or other factors.

The Indigenous status question allows for more than one response. The procedure for coding multiple responses is as follows: If the respondent marks 'No' and either 'Aboriginal' or 'Torres Strait Islander', then the response should be coded to either Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander as indicated (i.e. disregard the 'No' response).

If the respondent marks both the 'Aboriginal' and 'Torres Strait Islander' boxes, then their response should be coded to 'Both Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Origin'.

If the respondent marks all three boxes ('No', 'Aboriginal' and 'Torres Strait Islander'), then the response should be coded to 'Both Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Origin' (i.e. disregard the 'No' response).

This approach may be problematical in some data collections, for example when data are collected by interview or using screen based data capture systems. An additional response category

Yes, both Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander...

May be included if this better suits the data collection practices of the agency or establishment concerned.

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This metadata item is common to both the National Community Services Data Dictionary and the National Health Data Dictionary.

The following definition, commonly known as 'The Commonwealth Definition', was given in a High Court judgement in the case of Commonwealth v Tasmania (1983) 46 ALR 625.

'An Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander is a person of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander descent who identifies as an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander and is accepted as such by the community in which he or she lives'.

There are three components to the Commonwealth definition:

  • descent;
  • self-identification; and
  • community acceptance.

In practice, it is not feasible to collect information on the community acceptance part of this definition in general purpose statistical and administrative collections and therefore standard questions on Indigenous status relate to descent and self-identification only.

Source and reference attributes

Submitting organisation:Help on this term

National Health Data Committee

National Community Services Data Committee

Reference documents:Help on this termAustralian Bureau of Statistics 1999. Australian Bureau of Statistics, Canberra. Viewed 3 August 2005, http://www.abs.gov.au/Ausstats/abs@.nsf/66f306f503e529a5ca25697e0017661f/204de801c48453e4ca25697e0018fe46!OpenDocument

Relational attributes

Related metadata references:Help on this term

Supersedes Indigenous status, version 5, DE, Int. NCSDD & NHDD, NCSIMG & NHIMG, Superseded 01/03/2005.pdf (24.1 KB)

Has been superseded by Person—Indigenous status, code N Housing assistance, Superseded 30/08/2017, Health, Superseded 19/11/2015, Early Childhood, Superseded 24/07/2018, Homelessness, Superseded 10/08/2018, Tasmanian Health, Archived 01/09/2016, WA Health, Endorsed 04/03/2014, Independent Hospital Pricing Authority, Standard 01/11/2012, Indigenous, Archived 16/10/2017, Commonwealth Department of Health, Candidate 16/07/2015, Disability, Superseded 29/02/2016, Children and Families, Standard 22/11/2016, Community Services (retired), Standard 25/08/2005

Implementation in Data Set Specifications:Help on this term

Health care client identification Health, Superseded 04/05/2005

Implementation in Indicators:Help on this termUsed as numerator
Indigenous primary health care: PI23a-Number of regular clients with Type II diabetes who have had a blood pressure measurement result recorded, 2012 Health, Superseded 23/02/2012
Indigenous primary health care: PI23a-Number of regular clients with Type II diabetes who have had a blood pressure measurement result recorded, 2013 Health, Superseded 21/11/2013
Indigenous, Archived 21/11/2013
Indigenous primary health care: PI23a-Number of regular clients with Type II diabetes who have had a blood pressure measurement result recorded, 2014 Health, Superseded 13/03/2015
Indigenous, Archived 13/03/2015
Indigenous primary health care: PI23b-Proportion of regular clients with Type II diabetes who have had a blood pressure measurement result recorded, 2012 Health, Superseded 23/02/2012
Indigenous primary health care: PI23b-Proportion of regular clients with Type II diabetes who have had a blood pressure measurement result recorded, 2013 Health, Superseded 21/11/2013
Indigenous, Archived 21/11/2013
Indigenous primary health care: PI23b-Proportion of regular clients with Type II diabetes who have had a blood pressure measurement result recorded, 2014 Health, Superseded 13/03/2015
Indigenous, Archived 13/03/2015
Indigenous primary health care: PI24a-Number of regular clients with Type II diabetes whose blood pressure measurement result was less than or equal to 130/80 mmHg, 2012 Health, Superseded 23/02/2012
Indigenous primary health care: PI24a-Number of regular clients with Type II diabetes whose blood pressure measurement result was less than or equal to 130/80 mmHg, 2013 Health, Superseded 21/11/2013
Indigenous, Archived 21/11/2013
Indigenous primary health care: PI24a-Number of regular clients with Type II diabetes whose blood pressure measurement result was less than or equal to 130/80 mmHg, 2014 Health, Superseded 13/03/2015
Indigenous, Archived 13/03/2015
Indigenous primary health care: PI24b-Proportion of regular clients with Type II diabetes whose blood pressure measurement result was less than or equal to 130/80 mmHg, 2012 Health, Superseded 23/02/2012
Indigenous primary health care: PI24b-Proportion of regular clients with Type II diabetes whose blood pressure measurement result was less than or equal to 130/80 mmHg, 2013 Health, Superseded 21/11/2013
Indigenous, Archived 21/11/2013
Indigenous primary health care: PI24b-Proportion of regular clients with Type II diabetes whose blood pressure measurement result was less than or equal to 130/80 mmHg, 2014 Health, Superseded 13/03/2015
Indigenous, Archived 13/03/2015
National Disability Agreement: f(1)-Rate of non-Indigenous persons and Indigenous persons admitted to permanent residential aged care, 2013 Disability, Standard 13/08/2015
Community Services (retired), Standard 23/05/2013
National Disability Agreement: f(2)-Number of non-Indigenous persons and Indigenous persons receiving permanent residential aged care services, 2013 Disability, Standard 13/08/2015
Community Services (retired), Standard 23/05/2013
National Healthcare Agreement: PI 09-Incidence of heart attacks (acute coronary events), 2015 Health, Superseded 08/07/2016
National Healthcare Agreement: PI 09-Incidence of heart attacks, 2013 Health, Superseded 30/04/2014
National Healthcare Agreement: PI 09-Incidence of heart attacks, 2014 Health, Superseded 14/01/2015
Used as denominator
Indigenous primary health care: PI08b-Proportion of regular clients with a chronic disease for whom a Team Care Arrangement (MBS Item 723) was claimed, 2014 Health, Superseded 13/03/2015
Indigenous, Archived 13/03/2015
Indigenous primary health care: PI08b-Proportion of regular clients with a chronic disease for whom a Team Care Arrangement (MBS Item 723) was claimed, 2015 Health, Superseded 05/10/2016
Indigenous, Archived 20/01/2017
Indigenous primary health care: PI08b-Proportion of regular clients with a chronic disease for whom a Team Care Arrangement (MBS Item 723) was claimed, 2015-2017 Health, Superseded 25/01/2018
Indigenous, Archived 27/02/2018
Indigenous primary health care: PI08b-Proportion of regular clients with a chronic disease who have received a Team Care Arrangement (MBS Item 723), 2012 Health, Superseded 23/02/2012
Indigenous primary health care: PI08b-Proportion of regular clients with a chronic disease who have received a Team Care Arrangement (MBS Item 723), 2013 Health, Superseded 21/11/2013
Indigenous, Archived 21/11/2013
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