2901.0 - Census of Population and Housing: Census Dictionary, 2016  
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2016 Census Dictionary >> Glossary >> Overseas born

Overseas born

For the 2016 Census, people are classified as Overseas-born if:
  • they were born in a country other than Australia or
  • they were born at sea or
  • their response was classified 'Inadequately described' or
  • their response was classified 'Not elsewhere classified'.

Australia in this definition is as set out in section 2B of the Acts Interpretation Act,1901, and for the 2016 Census includes the states and territories and the other territories of Christmas Island, Cocos (Keeling) Islands, Jervis Bay Territory and Norfolk Island. It excludes the other Australian external territories (Australian Antarctic Territory, Heard and McDonald Islands, Ashmore and Cartier Islands and the Coral Sea Territory).

In 2011 and previous Censuses, Norfolk Island was not included in the definition of geographic Australia. Christmas and Cocos Keeling Islands have been included since the 1996 Census. These two changes reflect amendments to the Acts Interpretation Act,1901.

This definition of Australia equates to '1101 Australia' and '1102 Norfolk Island' in the Standard Australian Classification of Countries (SACC), 2016 (cat. no. 1269.0), used to code Country of Birth.

See also Australian born, Norfolk Island.

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