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Indigenous household indicator (INGDWTD)

Census of Population and Housing: Census dictionary
Reference period
2021

Definition

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.

Scope

Occupied private dwellings

Categories

CodeCategory

1

Household with Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander person(s)

2

Other 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?

    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 origin option selected.

      Example

      Is Person 1 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 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 were 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.

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