2900.0 - Census of Population and Housing: Understanding the Census and Census Data, Australia , 2016  
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Indigenous Household Indicator (INGDWTD)

This variable indicates households who have at least one person who identified as being Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander who is usually resident at that dwelling and was present on Census night. This variable is applicable to all occupied private dwellings enumerated in the 2016 Census.

How this variable is created

Indigenous Household Indicator is created from responses to the question asking if a person is of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander origin. All persons in a dwelling are used to determine the Indigenous Household Indicator classification.

Variable history

This variable was first used in 2011, though during previous censuses some information about households containing Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander residents was collected. For 2016 there were some minor changes made to the wording of categories.

Non-response rate

Non-response rate only applies to data items that directly reflect responses to individual Census form questions. Indigenous Household Indicator does not have a non-response rate as it is a derived value created during Census processing for applicable households. For more information, refer to Understanding Census data quality.

Data usage notes

Changes between Censuses can affect the interpretation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples data. It is important to remember that this variable is collected through self-identification and any change in identification will affect the count of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples.

Further information

A definition of Indigenous Household Indicator is available in the 2016 Census Dictionary.
For more information see the data quality statement for Indigenous Status.

Household form question image

Question 7 as it appeared on the 2016 Census Household Form:

2016 Household Paper Form - Question 7. Is the person of aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander origin?
A text only version of the online Census Household form is available from the Downloads tab.