2901.0 - Census of Population and Housing: Census Dictionary, 2016  
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2016 Census Dictionary >> Glossary >> Norfolk Island

Norfolk Island

Norfolk Island will be included in the Australian Census, and in the population counts for Australia, for the first time in 2016, due to an amendment to the Acts Interpretation Act ,1901 which now defines Australia as

''the Commonwealth of Australia and, when used in a geographical sense, includes Norfolk Island, the Territory of Christmas Island and the Territory of Cocos (Keeling) Islands, but does not include any other external Territory.'

This follows changes to the governance arrangements for Norfolk Island with the passage of the Norfolk Island Legislation Amendment Act ,2015.

As a result of the change to the amendment of the definition of geographic Australia in the Acts Amendment Act ,1901, since 1 July 2016 Norfolk Island has been included in the Australian Statistical Geographic Standard (ASGS) as a Statistical Area Level 2 under Other Territories which is a unit at the State/Territory level.

Amendments were made to some other relevant classifications used with Census data:
    • In the Australian Standard Classification of Cultural and Ethnic groups (ASCEG), used to code Census data on ancestry, Pitcairn (code 1512), has been added as this is an important ancestry for Norfolk Island.
    • In the Australian Standard Classification of Language (ASCL), used to classify Census data on main language other than English spoken at home, the name of the language Pitcairnese (code 9404) was changed to Norf'k-Pitcairn due to the inclusion of Norfolk Island in the Census for the first time and reflecting the local terms used to refer to the language on Norfolk Island.
    • There has been no change in respect of Norfolk Island in the Standard Australian Classification of Countries (SACC) used to classify Census data on country of birth. However, code 1102 'Norfolk Island', will now be included with 1101 'Australia' when defining the group 'Australian born'.

Households in Norfolk Island were delivered Census materials and could choose to complete and mail back a paper form or complete the Census online. A fact sheet was distributed in Norfolk Island and made available on the ABS website, giving help with certain questions.

See also Australian-born, Australian Statistical Geography Standard (ASGS), Norfolk Island; How to answer questions on your Census form for people on Norfolk island, Other Territories, Overseas-born.

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