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1200.0.55.004 - Country of Birth Standard, 2012, Version 1.0  
Latest ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 26/09/2012  First Issue
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Underlying Concepts



Name of Standard

The name of the standard is Country of Birth.

Definition of Standard

Nominal definition

Nominally, Country of Birth is defined as the country in which a person was born.

Country of Birth is an attribute of the counting unit 'person'.

Operational definition

Operationally, the Country of Birth standard contains three distinct variables; Country of Birth of Person, which is the country identified as being the one in which the person was born. Country of Birth of Father, and Country of Birth of Mother, is the country identified as being the one in which the person's parents were born.

Discussion of conceptual issues

Country of Birth identifies the country in which a person was born (or the country in which the person's parents were born). It can also be used to indicate whether or not someone was born in Australia or is an immigrant.

Prior to 2012, Country of Birth of Person, Country of Birth of Father and Country of Birth of Mother were all available as separate standards. They have now been merged into the one 'Country of Birth' standard.



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