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REPORTING OF ABORIGINAL AND TORRES STRAIT ISLANDER STATUS
Figure 4.5: Reporting of Indigenous Status
^This is consistent with the broader classification standard outlined in Standards for Statistics on Cultural and Language Diversity, 1999 (cat. no 1289.0).
*For the purposes of the National ECEC Collection, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander status only is output.
+Non-Indigenous and not stated/inadequately described output is commonly combined.
For the 2012 National ECEC Collection, Indigenous status in some instances may be different for corresponding episodes for the same child. In instances where the Indigenous status differed between episodes for a child, the business rules used for deriving Indigenous status was as follows:
A child was classified as Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander origin if his/her Indigenous status was recorded as such on at least one episode. Figure 4.6 illustrates how the Indigenous status of a child with two episodes of preschool from two different service providers and an inconsistent record of his/her indigenous status has been output for the 2012 National ECEC Collection.
Figure 4.6: Inconsistent Reporting of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Status for Episode and Unique Child Counts
The unique child record assumes Indigenous status information for each child on the basis of the business rules outlined above. If a child is identified as Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander on any one episode of enrolment, their Indigenous status will be output as Indigenous for child and YBFS tables. In the event that a child’s Indigenous status is incorrectly recorded (as Indigenous) in one or more episode, this may result in incorrect classification of that child. It is acknowledged that this methodology may lead to an over-count of Indigenous children depending on the level of accuracy of Indigenous identification.
Table 4.2 below outlines example scenarios for deriving Indigenous Status within the 2012 National ECEC Collection.
4.2: Illustration of selected business rules for deriving Indigenous Status output classifications
More information can be found in the National best practice guidelines for data linkage activities relating to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people on the AIHW website.