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1200.0.55.004 - Country of Birth Standard, 2012, Version 1.0  
Latest ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 26/09/2012  First Issue
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Measurement Issues & Related Classifications



Measurement issues

To maintain coding consistency in all applications, it is recommended that each country response be coded according to national boundaries existing at the time of data collection. Any response to a country or region that has undergone a name or boundary change since a person's time of birth, is coded to the most current name of that country at the time of data collection. For example, The Netherlands Antilles was dissolved in 2010 resulting in the new countries of 'Bonaire, Sint Eustatius and Saba', 'Curacao' and 'Sint Maarten (Dutch part)'. People responding with 'Netherlands Antilles' are now coded to 'Caribbean, not further defined' (a not further defined category of 'Americas').

Constraints apply to the variables contained within the Country of Birth standard. For example, standard errors or confidentiality concerns may affect the collection or output of data for some of the categories at the lower levels of the classification.

Related classifications

Correspondences between SACC 1st Edition and SACC 2nd Edition Revision 1, 2011 are accessed through the data cubes of the Standard Australian Classification of Countries (SACC) (cat. no. 1269.0). A correspondence table between the SACC and the United Nations Standard Country or Area Codes for Statistical Use for conversion of Australian data for international comparisons is also available.


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