1200.0.55.004 - Country of Birth Standard, 2016  
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This document was added 06/15/2018.



COLLECTION OF VARIABLE DATA

SCOPE

Statistical units

Country of Birth is an attribute of the statistical unit 'person'. The Country of Birth variables apply to all persons.


QUESTION MODULES

There are three standard question modules for collecting Country of Birth:

  • detailed question module
  • short question module, and
  • minimum question module.

The detailed and short question modules enable responses to be provided by the selection of an appropriate option or by completing the 'Other – please specify' category. These modules support the collection of detailed data about country of birth.

The choice of module may be informed by the following factors:
  • information needs
  • cost of processing the data
  • space available in the collection instrument, and
  • respondent burden.

Each alternative to the question module may be accompanied by a brief explanatory note about why Country of Birth variables are collected, including instructions about how to answer the question. The explanatory note can be included with the chosen question module or in supplementary documentation. The recommended text for the explanatory note is in Appendix A.

Detailed question module

The detailed question module for the variable Country of Birth of Person is:

Q. In which country [were you] [was the person] [was (name)] born?



Australiaq
Englandq
New Zealandq
Indiaq
Philippinesq
Vietnamq
Italyq
South Africaq
Malaysiaq
Scotlandq
Other – please specify..............

The detailed question module for the variable Country of Birth of Father is:

Q. In which country was [your] [the person's] [(name)'s] father born?


          Australiaq
          Englandq
          New Zealandq
          Indiaq
          Philippinesq
          Vietnamq
          Italyq
          South Africaq
          Malaysiaq
          Scotlandq
          Other – please specify..............
    The detailed question module for the variable Country of Birth of Mother is:

    Q. In which country was [your] [the person's] [(name)'s] mother born?

    Australiaq
    Englandq
    New Zealandq
    Indiaq
    Philippinesq
    Vietnamq
    Italyq
    South Africaq
    Malaysiaq
    Scotlandq
    Other – please specify..............

    The response options listed for these question modules are sourced from 4-digit categories in the Standard Australian Classification of Countries (SACC). According to data from the Census of Population and Housing, they have a high statistical frequency in Australia.

    Although China is a country in which a large proportion of Australia's population were born, it is excluded from the list because the SACC includes a more detailed country breakdown consisting of China (excluding Special Administrative Regions (SARs) and Taiwan); Hong Kong; Macau; and Taiwan. Therefore, if China was included in the option list the detail of responses is likely to decrease. For example, people born in Hong Kong, Macau or Taiwan may select the 'China' response option from the list instead of specifying they were born in Hong Kong, Macau or Taiwan. It should be noted that the SACC is used more broadly than Country of Birth statistics, such as for trade and investment statistics.

    Short question module

    The short question module for the variable Country of Birth of Person is:

    Q. In which country [were you] [was the person] [was (name)] born?

    Australiaq
    Other – please specify..............

    The short question module for the variable Country of Birth of Father is:

    Q. In which country was [your] [the person's] [(name)'s] father born?

    Australiaq
    Other – please specify..............

    The short question module for the variable Country of Birth of Mother is:

    Q. In which country was [your] [the person's] [(name)'s] mother born?

    Australiaq
    Other – please specify..............

    Minimum question module

    The minimum question module for the variable Country of Birth of Person is:

    Q. In which country [were you] [was the person] [was (name)] born?

    Australiaq
    Other countryq

    The minimum question module for the variable Country of Birth of Father is:

    Q. In which country was [your] [the person's] [(name)'s] father born?

    Australiaq
    Other countryq

    The minimum question module for the variable Country of Birth of Mother is:

    Q. In which country was [your] [the person's] [(name)'s] mother born?

    Australiaq
    Other countryq