1200.0.55.003 - Religious Affiliation Standard, 2016  
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This document was added 31/03/2017.



PROCESSING THE DATA

CODING

Australian Bureau of Statistics Religious Affiliation variables are coded using the Australian Standard Classification of Religious Groups (ASCRG), 2016 (ABS catalogue number 1266.0).

Detailed information about the criteria used to develop the structure of the ASCRG is available in the 'Building the Classification' page of the ASCRG.

Where practicable, it is recommended that data be collected, classified and stored at the most detailed level of the classification. This:

  • allows greater flexibility for the output of data
  • enables more detailed and complex analysis, and
  • facilitates comparisons with historical data and data from other sources.

Input categories

The standard categories for collecting Religious Affiliation using the detailed question modules and short question modules are the 4-digit categories in the ASCRG, including the supplementary codes.

Coding index

Coding indexes are tools that support categorisation of information against a statistical classification and contain terms that are not officially recognised (e.g. synonyms and misspelt terms). A coding index may be of use to anyone seeking to code responses to a statistical classification and may be requested by contacting standards@abs.gov.au.

All responses to questions about Religious Affiliation that are coded to the ASCRG use the coding rules detailed on the 'Index for Coding Responses' page of the publication. Responses are matched with entries in an ASCRG coding index to determine the correct classification code.