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Net Undercount Rate, Indigenous Status(a), 2011-2016
(a) Net undercount is based on Census counts for a category. In the Census, Indigenous status was set to not stated where the response was blank or where imputed person records were created for non-responding dwellings. Hence components of undercount for Indigenous status do not sum to the Australia total.
(b) Includes imputed persons in non-responding dwellings. These were all given an Indigenous status of not stated.
(c) Refers to Census counts which correspond to the scope of the PES and may differ slightly from aggregate counts in other Census products.
It is important to note that Indigenous status, as collected in both the Census and PES, is based on responses to a question related to information that some people will consider personal and sensitive. Respondents may choose to indicate in the Census that they are of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander origin, not of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander origin, or they may choose to not answer the question at all.
If no answer is provided, the Census does not impute for this missing response (which is also the case for imputed persons). While the person (real or imputed) will continue to be counted in broad-level Census counts, they will not be included in the Census counts for Indigenous status. There were 1,411,031 people (6.0%) whose Indigenous status was not stated in the 2016 Census, compared with 1,058,447 people (4.9%) in 2011.
For information on how Census not stated responses feed into estimates of net undercount, see Components of Net Undercount on the Summary tab.
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