Australian Bureau of Statistics
4363.0.55.001 - Australian Health Survey: Users' Guide, 2011-13
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DEMOGRAPHIC AND SOCIO-ECONOMIC CHARACTERISTICS
Only the more commonly used output data items available from the survey are outlined below. For a full list of demographic and socio-economic variables available, see the list of output data items available from the downloads tabs of the Australian Health Survey (cat. no. 4364.0.55.001).
Points to be considered in interpreting data for this topic include the following.
As a result of these arrangements, not all the data items described below are available for all adults, child proxies or children enumerated.
Although basic demographic information was collected about all household members in the 2001, 2004-05, 2007-08 and 2011-12 NHSs, processing arrangements in place in 2001 did not allow these details to be retained on the final survey data file. This data was retained for all persons from 2004-05 onwards.
Age as reported was recorded in single years. Standard output categories differ according to the topic to which the data relates. Age in five or ten year groups is most commonly used in survey output. Other non-standard groupings are available on request.
Male or female as reported.
Registered marital status
Registered marital status was recorded as reported for persons aged 15 years and over, in the following categories: never married, widowed, divorced, separated, married in a registered marriage, other - de facto, and other - single/not married.
Social marital status
Social marital status was derived for persons aged 15 years and over, and was classified as:
Country of birth
Each respondent was asked their country of birth, as well as that of their parents. Classified from reported country of birth to the Standard Australian Classification of Countries (SACC), 2nd edition, 2nd Edition, Revision 2.03 (cat. no. 1269.0), a hierarchical classification based on the concept of geographic proximity. Standard output for this classification is discussed in Appendix 3: ABS Standard Classifications of this Users' Guide. Other groupings are available on request.
Year of arrival in Australia
This item refers to the year in which a person, reporting a country of birth other than Australia, first arrived in Australia to live for a period of one year or more. Individual year of arrival was recorded and can be grouped as required for output.
Refers to whether the person is of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander origin, as identified by an adult spokesperson within each household, i.e. not necessarily self-identified. Status is classified as Aboriginal, Torres Strait Islander, both Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander, and neither Aboriginal nor Torres Strait Islander.
Language mainly spoken at home
Obtained for persons 2 years and over, as reported. Language was classified at the finest level of the Australian Standard Classification of Languages 2005-06 (cat no. 1267.0). The abbreviated classification used in most standard output is shown in Appendix 3: ABS Standard Classifications of this Users' Guide.
Proficiency in spoken English
Persons aged 2 years and over who reported they mainly spoke a language other than English at home were asked how well they spoke English. Responses were recorded as reported by respondents against the categories:
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