Australian Bureau of Statistics
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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STANDARD QUESTION MODULE
In most collections, 'Age' can be derived from a single question.
In some collection methodologies this question may not be feasible and alternative questions are:
What was [your] [the person's] [(name)'s] age last birthday?
What is [your] [the person's] [(name)'s] age in complete years?
Age details can also be obtained from administratively produced data and can usually be derived using date of birth as this provides the best data quality. Age data are taken from the relevant records and documents such as school and employment data and hospital records. Because the manner in which age data is derived varies across administrative collections, it is recommended to use date of birth wherever possible.
STANDARD INPUT CATEGORIES
For input categories, it is recommended that collections use 'date of birth' as the first preference and 'complete years' as the second.
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This page last updated 7 March 2014