1249.0 - Australian Standard Classification of Cultural and Ethnic Groups (ASCCEG), 2019  
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Classification review


In 2019 the ABS conducted a limited review of the Australian Standard Classification of Cultural and Ethnic Groups (ASCCEG). It was restricted to an examination of feedback received since the last minor review was done in 2016.


The 2019 review of the ASCCEG was carried out through:

Analysis of feedback received about the ASCCEG since 2016. This included feedback from users of the classification, whether within the ABS or in the broader community.
Limited consultation with internal and Australian Government stakeholders.
Research to learn more about stakeholder comments, identify appropriate terminology to be used for categories in the classification, and confirm the accuracy of code assignments. The research included selected analysis of 2016 Australian Census of Population and Housing data.


The outcome of the 2019 review was that one new cultural and ethnic group was added to the classification. Consequent updates were made to correspondence tables and the coding index to ensure that the new cultural and ethnic group was reflected in those products.

Cultural and ethnic group added to the classification

Norfolk Islander (code 1105), added to capture an ancestry reported by Norfolk Island residents following Norfolk Island’s inclusion in the Australian Census of Population and Housing for the first time in 2016.

Comparing current and previous editions of ASCCEG

Correspondence tables enable two-way comparison between the ASCCEG 2019 and ASCCEG 2016. They show:

    Relationships between broad groups, narrow groups, and cultural and ethnic groups in the current compared to the most recent previous edition of ASCCEG.
    Changes between the current and most recent previous edition.

These correspondence tables are available in Table 3.1 and Table 3.2 of the ASCCEG data cube, accessible from the 'Downloads' tab.

Generally, the categories in both editions of the ASCCEG relate directly to the same entity in each edition.