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4363.0.55.001 - Australian Health Survey: Users' Guide, 2011-13  
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INPUT CODING

Input coding is the process by which certain data items were categorised during the interview. In the 2011-12 NHS and NNPAS, these included:

  • ancestry (NHS only)
  • country of birth of respondent and their parents
  • main language spoken at home
  • occupation
  • industry and industry sector
  • educational qualification
  • relationship within a household.

Interviewers were able to code from a list of commonly used options (for example, 10 common languages spoken at home) or from a more comprehensive list contained within a 'trigram coder' (which allowed the interviewer to enter the first three letters of a response, then select the appropriate response from a pick list of options).

An outline of the input coding undertaken follows:

More detail regarding use of these classifications, except relationship in household, is contained in Appendix 3: ABS Standard Classifications.

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