Australian Bureau of Statistics
1200.0.55.003 - Religious Affiliation Standard, 2012, Version 1.1
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Classification and Coding
The ASCRG has a three level hierarchical structure.
The second level of the classification comprises 32 'narrow groups'. Narrow groups comprise between one and 14 religious groups which are similar in terms of the classification criteria.
The third and most detailed level of the classification consists of base units known as 'religious groups'. The classification consists of 115 religious groups. Some religious groups are residual categories, or 'not elsewhere classified' (nec) categories, which contain entities that are not listed separately in the classification.
The first and most general level of the classification comprises seven 'broad groups'. These are formed by aggregating narrow groups (and hence religious groups) which are broadly similar in terms of the classification criteria.
Broad Group 7 No Religion comprises entities which are identifiable and useful groupings which, while not satisfying the criteria of a religion, are necessary to enable the capture of the full range of responses to questions on religious affiliation.
The code structure
One, two or three, and four digit codes are assigned to the broad, narrow and religious group levels units of the classification respectively. The first digit identifies the broad group in which each religious group or narrow group is contained. The first two or three digits taken together identify the narrow group in which each religious group is contained. The four digit codes represent the religious groups.
In each broad and narrow group a four digit code, ending in the digits '99' or '9', is reserved as a residual or 'not elsewhere classified' (nec) category.
Supplementary codes are not part of the classification structure. They exist for operational reasons only, and no data would be coded to them if sufficiently detailed responses were obtained in all instances. They are used to process inadequately described responses in statistical collections. The codes are of three types:
Scope of the variable
The variable Religious Affiliation applies to all persons.
The Religious Affiliation classification is not applicable to any other variable.
Responses to the Religious Affiliation question are coded to the ASCRG (cat. no. 1266.0) and the supplementary codes. Each religion response is matched with an entry in the ASCRG to determine the correct code.
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This page last updated 25 September 2012