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A statistical standard is a set of components which produce consistent and high quality statistical output across collections and over time.

It includes components such as;

  • the standard name of the variable
  • the standard definition of the variable
  • the standard question(s)
  • the standard classification
  • standard coding procedures and standard output categories.

These specify the approved rules applied by the ABS in the development, collection, processing and dissemination of official statistics.

The standards listed on the following page are referred to as approved standards. Occasionally ABS surveys use 'departures' from approved standards where a survey area is given approval to amend a particular component of the standard. As a result, some survey questions may deviate from the guidelines specified in the standard.

Reviews of standards need to be conducted on a regular basis to maintain the relevance of statistics. The ABS has outlined a proposed schedule of reviews for social standards for the next three years. While we aim to complete these reviews within the timeframes specified, the schedule is tentative and will be reviewed annually.

Interested users of statistics are invited to provide comments on the review schedule by emailing

Link to the entire Review Schedule

See below for links to the Review Schedule by section

Country (SACC) Related Standards 1 July 2011 - 30 June 2012
Cultural and Ethnic Group (ASCEG) Related Standard1 July 2012- 30 June 2013
Demographic Standards 1 July 2013 - 30 June 2014
Demographic Related Standard
Demographic Standards Related to Families
Disability Standards
Education Standards
Family Standards
Household Standards
Housing Related Standards
Income Standards
Labour Force Standards
Language (ASCL) Related Standards
Occupation Standards
Religion (ASCRG) Related Standard

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