Indigenous household indicator (INGDWTD)

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Census of Population and Housing: Census dictionary
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This variable indicates households which have at least one person who identified as being Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander. On Census Night the person needs to have been present and a usual resident at the dwelling.


Occupied private dwellings


1Household with Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander person(s)
2Other households
@Not applicable

Number of categories: 3

Not applicable (@) category comprises:

  • Visitor only households
  • Other 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?

How this variable is created

This variable is created from the Usual address indicator (UAICP) variable, Indigenous status (INGP) variable and Household composition (HHCD) variable. It is created by identifying whether at least one person in an occupied private dwelling is:

  • Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander
  • Counted at home on Census Night.

Persons temporarily absent are excluded from this variable.

History and changes

This variable was introduced in 2011. For previous censuses, information about households with Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people was available on request. In 2016, there were some minor changes made to the wording of the output categories.

No changes have been made for 2021.

Data use considerations

Changes in Indigenous status between censuses can affect the interpretation of Census data for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. It is important to remember that Indigenous status is collected through self-identification and any change in how a person chooses to identify will affect the count of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in the Census.

This variable does not have a non-response rate as it is created during Census processing by using responses from one or more questions on the Census form. 

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