Australian Bureau of Statistics
1249.0 - Australian Standard Classification of Cultural and Ethnic Groups (ASCCEG), 2011
Latest ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 16/08/2011
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PURPOSE OF THE REVIEW
The need for periodic reviews of ASCCEG to reflect changes in cultural and ethnicity profile of the Australian population was foreshadowed when ASCCEG was first released.
Analysis of 2006 Census of Population and Housing Ancestry data, indicated the need for a review of ASCCEG:
In addition, stakeholders have expressed the view that ASCCEG should categorise as many cultural and ethnic groups as possible and that it should identify emerging groups as early as possible.
A minor review of ASCCEG was undertaken to address these issues. Although it was deemed necessary to add an additional narrow group to the classification there was no review at the broad group level. There was no analysis of the conceptual model underpinning the classification.
HOW IT WAS DONE
Analysis of responses to the 2006 Census Ancestry question was conducted to identify:
Extensive research was conducted to:
Consultation was undertaken with a range of users and stakeholders including ethnic and community groups, academics and other experts in the field. The ABS sought information on all aspects of the review including information on coverage at the base (cultural and ethnic group) level, information about appropriate and useful classification of cultural and ethnic groups, information about index coverage, and advice, comment and opinion about the structure of the classification.
Comments were analysed and where necessary or appropriate changes were made prior to circulating a revised draft for comment. In some instances, additional follow-up consultation was undertaken with particular experts and organisations.
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