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Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander family indicator (INGF)

Census of Population and Housing: Census dictionary
Reference period
2021

Definition

This variable indicates families with at least one person who identified as Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander origin, who is a usual resident in the dwelling, and was at home on Census night.

Scope

Families in family households

Categories

CodeCategory

1

Family with Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander persons(s)

2

Other families

&

Not stated

@

Not applicable

Number of categories: 4

Not applicable (@) category comprises:

  • Non-family/Non-classifiable households
  • Unoccupied private dwellings
  • Non-private dwellings
  • Migratory, off-shore and shipping SA1s

Question(s) from the Census form

Is the person of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander origin?

    Is the person of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander origin?
    Is Person 2 of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander origin?

    For people of both Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander origin, select both 'Yes' boxes.

    Person's Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander origin

    No

    Yes, Aboriginal

    Yes, Torres Strait Islander

      Example

      Example response to the question: Is the person of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander origin? 'Yes, Aboriginal' option selected.

      Example

      Is Person 2 of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander origin?

      For people of both Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander origin, select both 'Yes' boxes.

      Person's Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander origin

      No

      Yes, Aboriginal (selected response)

      Yes, Torres Strait Islander

        Example

        Example response to the question: Is the person of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander origin? 'Yes, Aboriginal' and 'Yes, Torres Strait Islander' option selected.

        Example

        Is Person 2 of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander origin?

        For people of both Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander origin, select both 'Yes' boxes.

        Person's Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander origin

        No

        Yes, Aboriginal (selected response)

        Yes, Torres Strait Islander (selected response)

        How this variable is created

        This variable is created from Usual address indicator (UAICP), Indigenous status (INGP) and Family composition (FMCF). It is created by identifying whether at least one person in a family is:

        Persons temporarily absent are excluded from this variable.

        History and changes

        This variable is new for the 2021 Census. In previous Censuses information about families was only available on request.

        Data use considerations

        Changes between Censuses can affect the interpretation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples data. It is important to remember that this variable is collected through self-identification and any change in identification will affect the count of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.