1266.0 - Australian Standard Classification of Religious Groups, 2011
ARCHIVED ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 28/07/2011
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WHY WE USE IT
Responses provided in statistical and administrative collections do not always precisely reflect classification categories. A coding index is therefore necessary to act as a link between responses and the classification, enabling responses to be assigned accurately and quickly to the appropriate category of the classification.
HOW IT WAS DEVELOPED
The coding index has been developed to assist in the implementation and use of the classification and should be used when coding responses to questions relating to religious affiliation, religious denomination, etc. The coding index has been devised by reference to existing literature in the field, consultation with religious experts and ethnic and community groups, and by analysis of existing ABS data. It includes responses obtained in ABS statistical collections. It also contains a comprehensive list of the most probable responses to questions relating to religion and their correct classification codes.
The coding index as at 28 July 2011 is in the ASCRG data cube.
In developing the coding index a number of rules were followed in assigning index entries the correct classification code. It is recommended that these rules be adhered to when coding any response that does not appear in the coding index provided. Decisions were made in regard to index entries on the basis of appropriate research and examination of pertinent reference material.
The coding rules are as follows:
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