1200.0.55.008 - Indigenous Status Standard , 2014, Version 1.5  
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The code structure follows the standard classification:

1 Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander

  • 11 Aboriginal but not Torres Strait Islander Origin
  • 12 Torres Strait Islander but not Aboriginal Origin
  • 13 Both Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Origin

2 Non-Indigenous
  • 24 Neither Aboriginal nor Torres Strait Islander Origin


The supplementary categories are reserved for 'Not stated/Inadequately described' responses when coding data to the Indigenous Status classification.
  • 0 Not stated/Inadequately defined
  • 09 Not stated/Inadequately defined

Supplementary codes should not be available as valid responses. In particular, they should not appear as mark boxes on self enumeration forms and should not be used for prompting respondents in interviewer conducted collections. However, supplementary codes can be used for operational purposes in the following circumstances:
  • primarily when importing data from other data collections that do not contain mappable data;
  • where an answer was refused;
  • where the question was not able to be asked because the client was unable to communicate or a person who knows the client was not available.
Computer Assisted Interviewing (CAI) systems in particular may require supplementary codes for handling the circumstances identified above.


Responses to the Indigenous Status question are self-coded to the appropriate category of the classification.

The Indigenous Status question allows for more than one response. The procedure for coding multiple responses is as follows:

Response to SIQABS Standard codes to

1'Yes, Aboriginal’ is ticked but ‘Yes, Torres Strait Islander’ is not tickedAboriginal
2'Yes, Torres Strait Islander’ is ticked but ‘Yes, Aboriginal’ is not tickedTorres Strait Islander
3'Yes, Aboriginal’ is ticked and ‘Yes, Torres Strait Islander’ is also tickedBoth Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander origin
4'No' is tickedNeither Aboriginal nor Torres Strait Islander origin
5'No’ is ticked and either or both ‘Yes, Aboriginal’, and ‘Yes, Torres Strait Islander’ are ticked'Not stated' if response cannot be clarified with the respondent

The multi-response approach may be problematical in some data collections. For example, when data are collected by interview or using screen based data capture systems. An additional response category 'Yes, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander' may be included if this better suits the data collection practices of the agency concerned.