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Births data is supplied to the ABS, on a monthly basis and in electronic format, from each of the Registrars. Processing of this data is carried out by the Health and Vitals Statistics Unit (HVSU), located in the Queensland Office of the ABS. The systems used to collect and process the data are constantly being reviewed and developed in order to make the most effective use of technology.
The implementation of new scope rules occurred with respect of the 2007 data.
Ideally, for compiling annual time series, the number of events (births) should be recorded and reported as all those occurring within a given reference period such as a calendar year. However, due to lags in registration of events and the provision of that information to the ABS, this ideal is unlikely to be met under the current legislation and Registration business processes. As the actual vital event being accounted for is usually the addition of the event on a State/Territory register of deaths, the occurrence event is being approximated by the event being registered. Also, some additions to the register can be delayed in being received by the ABS from the Registrar (processing or data transfer lags).
In effect there are 3 dates attributable to each birth registration:
· The date of occurrence (of the birth),
· The date of registration or inclusion on the State/Territory register
· The month in which the registered event is lodged with the ABS.
Up to and including the 2006 reference year, the following business rules were used by the ABS to determine the scope of the births collection for any given reference year:
The scope of the collection is all births registered in Australia for the reference year, two years prior to the current year and the first quarter of the subsequent year. As an example: records received by the ABS during the March quarter of 2007 which were initially registered in 2006 (but not fully completed until 2007) are assigned to the 2006 processing year. Any registrations relating to 2006 which are received by the ABS after the end of the March quarter are assigned to the 2007 processing year.
Under the previous scope rule it was possible for registrations to not be recorded at all within the total historical record of all deaths which have occurred. For the purposes of this explanation, the reference year Y refers to the calendar year ending 31 December
From the 2007 reference year, the following business rules are used to determine the scope of the birth collection for any given reference year.
Births for a reference year Y comprises those events:
· added to the register in reference year Y (i.e. date of registration falls within 12 months comprising Y), and provided to the ABS in the monthly files received from the Registrar in the reference year Y or the 3 months ending 31 March of the year following the reference year Y; and
· added to the register in reference year Y-n (i.e. date of registration falls earlier than 1 January in reference year Y) and is received by the ABS in the monthly files received from the Registrar in reference year Y or the 3 months ending 31 March of the year following the reference year Y and has not been included in any statistics reported for earlier periods.
1. All births that were live born and were not previously registered.
The collection, processing, compilation and dissemination of birth statistics is the joint responsibility of various stakeholders. The responsibility for registration of births and deaths in Australia lies with individual state and territory Registrars of Birth, Death and Marriage (RBDMs). Each state and territory has its own legislation covering the birth and death registration process, as well as the role and responsibilities of the RBDMs.
RBDMs supply Birth Registration Statements (BRS) to hospitals and birth clinics for distribution to parents. Parents have a legislative requirement to register a birth within 60 days, with the onus on the parents to submit a completed BRS to the Registry. The RBDM is responsible for processing the form and forwarding data to the ABS. The BRS is different in each state and territory, with different questions being asked of the parents. In addition, hospitals, birth clinics, midwives and doctors are responsible for notifying the RBDMs of all occurrences of births (including still-births). These records are later linked to the parent-completed BRS and used for following up outstanding BRS forms.
RBDMs supply information from the BRS to the ABS for coding (for example, geography, multiple births, marital status and birthplace), compilation, analysis and dissemination.
Births are a components of population growth. See Demographic Estimates and Projections: Concepts, Sources and Methods, Statistical Concepts Library on the ABS website
Main output is annual data. Variables include:
· Sex, Month of Occurrence, Month of Registration, Nuptiality, Plurality, Indigenous status
· Mother's Details - Age, Usual Residence, Previous issue, Country of Birth
· Father's Details - Age, Usual Residence, Country of Birth.
Standard Australian Classification of Countries (SACC) for Country of Birth
Other concepts (summary)
Crude birth rates
Gross reproduction rates
Net reproduction rate
Total fertility rate
Estimated resident population
New South Wales
Other (specify below)
Comments and/or Other Regions
New South Wales
Greater Capital City Statistical Areas (GCCSA)
Rest of State
Statistical Area Level 4 (SA4)
Statistical Area Level 3 (SA3)
Statistical Area Level 2 (SA2)
Local Governments Areas
Data availability comments
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