Commencing in 2022, the ABS will undertake a major review of the Australian Standard Classification of Religious Groups (ASCRG) and the associated Religious Affiliation standard. The aims of this review are to update the ASCRG to reflect the modern Australian community; and to ensure the standard (the way the question is asked) is inclusive.
Why the ASCRG needs to be updated
While the current version of the ASCRG had some minor updates in 2016, it largely reflects the original 1996 version based on the social environment in Australia at that time. The Australian community has changed considerably over this time and the ASCRG and Standard both need to be reviewed to reflect this. The ABS has also received feedback from individuals and organisations identifying areas that need review. Data from the 2021 Census will further inform the review.
The first round of public consultation is scheduled to commence in August 2022. At this time, the ABS will invite feedback through the ABS Consultation Hub, regarding the high priority areas (scope) of the ASCRG and the associated Standard for review. More information will be available at the ABS Consultation Hub in the coming months, including information how to participate in the review process. There will be another consultation process when the proposed changes are released in June 2023.
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