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The use of the standard classification will enhance data analysis and comparability. The hierarchical structure of the Australian Standard Classification of Religious Groups (ASCRG) (cat. no. 1266.0) enables the flexibility to output statistics at the level of the classification which best suits user requirements. Data can be presented at the broad group, narrow group, and/or base religious group level.
When appropriate, particular religious groups within a narrow group could be presented separately while other religious groups within that narrow group could be aggregated. (For example, the third level religious group Taoism could be separately identified as an output category within the Narrow Group 'Chinese Religions', the remaining religious groups, in this Narrow Group could then be aggregated as an 'Other Chinese Religions' category). This concept can be applied to highlight narrow groups within a broad group.
The following is an example of standard output categories. (All seven broad groups of the ASCRG, with a small sample of the 32 narrow and 115 religious groups are reflected in this example).
Presbyterian and Reformed
Chinese Religions, nec
Religious Affiliation requires no supporting variables.
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