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Standard question module
37. This question module is recommended for all household-based surveys and other statistical and administrative collections designed to collect data on Ancestry. When used in conjunction with Country of Birth and language variables, it provides detailed information about the ethnic composition of the Australian population.
40. The 'Other' category is included for those people who have an ancestry or ancestries not offered in the list as a response to the question. 'Please specify' is added to the 'Other' category and a space is provided for respondents to write in their ancestry response(s).
41. Each ancestry response will need to be matched to an entry in the Australian Standard Classification of Cultural and Ethnic Groups (ASCCEG) Second Edition, Coding Index (see Coding Index in Classification and Coding).
42. If there is a need for detailed information but space constraints are an over-riding consideration, the tick boxes can be deleted and a space provided for all ancestry responses to be written in. If this is done, however, there will be significant additional coding costs since each response will need to be matched to an entry in the ASCCEG Coding Index (see Coding Index in Classification and Coding). This is only likely to be appropriate in small scale data collection activities and in cases where data entry of verbatim responses is an administrative requirement, or where optical character recognition data capture technologies are used, allowing automatic matching of response data with index entries. The question module would be as follows:
Standard input categories
44. The standard input categories for the Ancestry question module are the base-level units of the ASCCEG (see Classification and Coding) and are represented by their four-digit codes. For operational reasons, supplementary codes also exist to enable inadequately described responses to be processed within a collection and coded at the four-digit level.