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1200.0.55.006 - Age Standard, 2014, Version 1.7  
Latest ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 11/03/2014  First Issue
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INTRODUCTION

As one of the basic core demographic variables, age is most commonly used to differentiate populations in terms of the time elapsed (usually in complete years), from date of live birth to a specific point in time. It is widely used in cross classification with variables such as sex, marital status, and occupation and is collected in population statistics, surveys and administrative collections.

Age is an inherent attribute of an individual and (along with sex data) forms the basis of most analyses of the social and demographic characteristics of a population and should be asked across collections.

Many socio economic and demographic characteristics vary with age, for example, religious affiliation and marital status. These variables can be used in conjunction with age to assess and monitor service needs within a population. Data can also be collected on the age at death of deceased persons.


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Commonwealth of Australia 2014

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