4726.0 - Information Paper: Perspectives on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Identification in Selected Data Collection Contexts, 2012  
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CONCLUSION

Many of the views offered by participants in the focus groups are consistent with those offered anecdotally, both to the ABS and to other data collection organisations, on the topic of propensity to identify. The need to understand this issue is clear, and is underscored by the growing importance of administrative data collections in the Australian statistical landscape. In order to achieve accurate and meaningful statistics on the issues affecting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians, it is the responsibility of all organisations involved in the collection of data to encourage accurate and consistent identification. A number of procedural issues have been identified through this focus group research which, if assessed in greater detail and with appropriate advice from relevant stakeholders, could improve the quality of both administrative and survey data holdings on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.


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