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The objective of this paper is to provide an evaluation of the quality of occupation data collected in the 1996 Census.
This paper contains information about question design for occupation data in the 1996 Census and previous censuses; procedures used to code data to the Australian Standard Classification of Occupations (ASCO), Second Edition; a description of the quality management system applied to occupation data; an analysis of the level of undefined (dump) coding allocated during the 1996 Census and a comparison with undefined coding allocated during the 1991 Census. Further analyses examine the coding discrepancies recorded by the quality management system in 1996 and the non-response rates in 1986, 1991 and 1996 Censuses for occupation data. The paper also compares 1996 Census occupation data to the August 1996 Labour Force Survey occupation data.