Identifying and definitional attributes
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|Registration status:||Indigenous, Endorsed 07/02/2019|
|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), 2019 Indigenous, Archived 23/08/2019
The Census of Population and Housing 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.
The Census is conducted every five years in August. Results from the 2016 Census were released in 2017 and 2018.
An extensive range of Census online products are available from the Census homepage on the ABS website.
If the Census information required is not available as a standard product or service, then ABS Consultancy Services can provide 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, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The 2016 Census Dictionary (ABS 2016b) 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 Census terms.
Information about the 2016 Census (including data quality statements and conceptual information) can be found in Census of Population and Housing: Understanding the Census and Census Data, Australia, 2016 (ABS 2017b).
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. People in Norfolk Island on Census night were counted for the first time in the 2016 Australian Census following passage of the Norfolk Island Legislation Amendment Act 2015.
The Census collects information on the highest level of non-school qualification, student status and type of educational institution attending for each individual. The classification used is the Australian Standard Classification of Education (ASCED) 2001 (ABS 2001) .
The 2016 Post Enumeration Survey, which is run a month after each Census is completed, found a net undercount for the 2016 Census of 1.0%. This means approximately 99% of all people in Australia on Census night were counted; this was an improvement of 0.7% on the undercount from 2011. 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 2016 Census was 2.8% (up from 2.6% in 2011).
Level of current study isn’t collected in the Census. The combination of Full-time/Part-time student status (for whether studying or not) and Type of educational institution attending (to exclude school students) can be used to give the number of persons studying for a non-school qualification. Non-response rates for these variables were 6.8% and 2.7% respectively (compared to 6.2% and 4.4% in 2011).
An estimated 5.3% of respondents provided more than one response to Type of educational institution attending and 0.8% to Full-time part-time student status; in these cases responses were accepted in the order they appeared on the form and extra responses were rejected.
The Indigenous status item is used to ascertain Indigenous status of persons. The non-response rate for this variable was 6.0% (up from 4.9% in 2011).
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 2001) 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 (ABS 2016a), Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Survey (ABS 2013) and Survey of Education and Work (ABS 2017a) also provide information on educational attainment for this indicator.
Source and reference attributes
Australian Bureau of Statistics
ABS Census of Population and Housing. Data are available every five years.
ABS (Australian Bureau of Statistics) 2001. Australian Standard Classification of Education (ASCED), 2001. ABS Cat. no. 1272.0. Canberra: ABS.
ABS 2016a. National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Survey, 2014-15. ABS Cat. no. 4714.0. Canberra: ABS.
ABS 2013. Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Survey: First Results, Australia, 2012-13. ABS Cat. no. 4727.0.55.001. Canberra: ABS.
ABS 2017a. Education and Work, Australia, May 2017. ABS Cat. no. 6227.0. Canberra: ABS.
ABS 2016b. Census Dictionary, 2016. ABS Cat. no. 2901.0. Canberra: ABS.
ABS 2017b. ABS Understanding the Census and Census Data, Australia, 2016. ABS Cat. no. 2900.0. Canberra: ABS
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Supersedes 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) 2018; Quality Statement Indigenous, Archived 07/02/2019
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) 2020; Quality Statement Indigenous, Endorsed 06/02/2020