Identifying and definitional attributes
|Metadata item type:||Quality Statement|
|Registration status:||Indigenous, Archived 25/06/2014|
|Indicators linked to this Quality statement:|
National Indigenous Reform Agreement: PI 15a-Proportion of Indigenous 20-64 year olds with or working towards a post-school qualification in Certificate level III or above, (Census data) 2013 Indigenous, Archived 13/12/2013
The Census of Population and Housing ('the Census') is collected by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) under the Census and Statistics Act 1905.
For information on the institutional environment of the ABS, including the legislative obligations of the ABS, financing and government arrangements, and mechanisms for scrutiny of ABS operations, see ABS Institutional Environment.
|Timeliness:||The Census is conducted every five years in August. Results from the 2011 Census are being released in three phases – the first two took place on 21 June and 30 October 2012; the release of highly specialised products will take place progressively in 2013.|
An extensive range of Census online products are available from the Data & analysis page on the ABS website. This will be supplemented by the addition of SEIFA tables and Census 1 per cent (Basic) and 5 per cent (Expanded) Sample Files in 2013.
If the Census information you require is not available as a standard product or service, then ABS Consultancy Services can help you with customised services to suit your needs. Contact 1300 135 070 from within Australia or +61 2 9268 4909 from overseas for all your Census and other information needs. Alternatively, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The 2011 Census Dictionary (ABS cat. no. 2901.0) is a comprehensive reference guide designed to assist users to determine and specify their data requirements, and to understand the concepts underlying the data. It provides details of classifications used and a glossary of definitions of
A number of other resources can be accessed from the Data quality page, including data quality statements for these data items and Fact sheets.
Census data are available by state/territory and by statistical areas. The Census collects data from all people in Australia on Census night, except foreign diplomats and their families. Norfolk Island is outside the scope of the Census.
The Census collects information on the highest level of non-schoolqualification and student status. The classification used is the Australian Standard Classification of Education (ASCED) (ABS cat. no. 1272.0).
The 2011 Post Enumeration Survey, which is run by the ABS a month after each Census is completed, found a net undercount for the 2011 Census of 1.7 per cent. This means over 98 per cent of all people in Australia on Census night were counted; this was an improvement of 1 per cent on the undercount from 2006. The Census is self-enumerated; respondents sometimes do not return a Census form or fail to answer every applicable question. While some data is imputed, the majority of output classifications include a 'Not Stated' category to record the level of non-response for that data item.
This indicator uses four Census data items.
Non-School Qualification: 'Level of Education' is used to ascertain level of highest qualification (for qualifications at or above Certificate III level). Non-response rate for this variable in the 2011 Census was 2.6 per cent (down from 3.8 per cent in 2006).
Level of current study is not collected in the Census. The broad category of 'Full-Time/Part-Time Student Status' (for all students) is used in this indicator. Overall, this variable had a non-response rate of 6.2 per cent in 2011 compared with 7.5 per cent in 2006.
The 'Indigenous Status' item is used to ascertain Indigenous status of persons. The non-response rate for this variable was 4.9 per cent (down from 5.7 per cent in 2006).
For further information see specific data quality statements and the non-response rate quality statement.
It is important for Census data to be comparable and compatible with previous Censuses and also with other data produced by the ABS and wider community. The ABS, and the Census, uses Australian standard classifications, where available and appropriate, to provide data comparability across statistical collections.
The Australian Standard Classification of Education (ASCED) (ABS cat. no. 1272.0) has been used in all surveys with education items since 2001 and allows the education and training items between different surveys to be compared.
The National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Survey, National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Survey and Survey of Education and Work (ABS cat. no. 6227.0) also provide information on educational attainment for this indicator.
|Related metadata references:|
Supersedes National Indigenous Reform Agreement: P27a-Proportion of Indigenous 20-64 year olds with or working towards a post school qualification in AQF Certificate III, IV, Diploma and Advanced Diploma (Census data), 2010 QS Community Services (retired), Superseded 04/04/2011
See also National Indigenous Reform Agreement: P27b-Proportion of Indigenous 20–64 year olds with or working towards post school qualification in AQF Certificate III, IV, Diploma and Advanced Diploma (Survey data), 2010 QS Community Services (retired), Superseded 04/04/2011
Has been superseded by National Indigenous Reform Agreement: PI 15a-Proportion of Indigenous 20-64 year olds with or working towards a post-school qualification in Certificate level III or above, (Census data) 2014 QS Indigenous, Archived 17/02/2016