2901.0 - Census Dictionary, 2011  
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2011 Census Dictionary >> Glossary >> Country of birth

Country of birth

The country of birth variable in the 2011 Census is Country of Birth of Person (BPLP), which records a person's country of birth.

For the 2011 Census, the 'Standard Australian Classification of Countries (SACC), Second Edition, Revision 1' is used to classify responses for country of birth of person.

This classification uses the current names of countries, so if a person uses a former name, the current name is coded. For example, Siam would be coded to Thailand.

If country of birth of person is not stated on the Census form, edits derive it from other answers. If country of birth cannot be derived it is coded to 'Not stated'.

People born in Australia are not required to complete Question 12 which asks, 'In what year did the person first arrive in Australia to live here for one year or more?'. People born in external territories such as Norfolk Island, are required to answer this question.

Country of Birth of Person (BPLP), along with the birthplace variables provide important information on ethnicity when used with Language Spoken at Home (LANP), Ancestry and Religious Affiliation (RELP).

See also Ancestry, Australian Citizenship (CITP), Birthplace, Standard Australian Classification of Countries (SACC), Year of Arrival in Australia (YARP).

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