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REPORTING OF ABORIGINAL AND TORRES STRAIT ISLANDER STATUS
Figure 3.17 Reporting of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander 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 2013 Collection, the ECEC NMDS 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 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander status was as follows:
Figure 3.18 Inconsistent Reporting of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Status for Episode and Unique Child Counts
The unique child record assumes Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander 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 Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander for child and YBFS tables. In the event that a child’s Indigenous status is incorrectly recorded (as Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander) 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 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children depending on the level of accuracy of requesting, obtaining and recording the child's Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander status.
Table 3.3 below outlines example scenarios for deriving the ECEC NMDS input Indigenous Status within the 2013 Collection.
3.3 ILLUSTRATION OF SELECTED BUSINESS RULES FOR DERIVING ABORIGINAL AND TORRES STRAIT ISLANDER 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