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PROCESSING THE DATA
The supplementary categories are reserved for 'Not stated/Inadequately described' responses when coding data to the Indigenous Status classification.
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:
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:
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.
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