2901.0 - Census Dictionary, 2011  
ARCHIVED ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 23/05/2011   
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A person’s ancestry, when used in conjunction with the person’s country of birth and whether the person’s parents were born in Australia or overseas, provides a good indication of the ethnic background of first and second generation Australians. Ancestry is particularly useful to identify distinct ethnic or cultural groups within Australia such as Maoris or Australian South Sea Islanders, and groups which are spread across countries such as Kurds or Indians. Country of birth alone cannot identify these groups. This information is essential in developing policies which reflect the needs of our society and for the effective delivery of services to particular ethnic communities.

For the 2011 Census, as with 2006, two variables, Ancestry 1st Response (ANC1P) and Ancestry 2nd Response (ANC2P), will be used to record responses separately. The basis for allocating ancestries to the variables Ancestry 1st Response and Ancestry 2nd Response is administrative only and is based solely on the order in which they are processed. Where respondents report more than two ancestries, only two are processed.

The 2011 Census uses the Australian Standard Classification of Cultural and Ethnic Groups (ASCCEG) Second Edition, Revision 1 to classify responses given to the ancestry question.

See also Birthplace, Country of birth, Indigenous Status (INGP), Language Spoken at Home (LANP), Proficiency in Spoken English (ENGP), Religious Affiliation (RELP), Year of Arrival in Australia (YARP).

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