1200.0.55.007 - Year of Arrival Standard, 2014, Version 1.4  
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CLASSIFICATION AND CODING

THE STANDARD CLASSIFICATION AND CLASSIFICATION CRITERIA

The 'date unit' of calendar years (e.g.1985) is the criterion used for classification units of Year of Arrival in Australia.

The 'time unit' of completed years (e.g. seven years) of living in Australia is the criterion used for classification units of Period of Residence in Australia.

Year of Arrival in Australia data are collected and stored as four digit categories (e.g. ‘1900’ to ‘2014’). Each four digit category represents the calendar year in which a respondent first arrived in Australia with the intention of living in Australia for one year or more.

Period of Residence in Australia data are collected and stored as two digit categories. Each two digit category represents the number of completed years a respondent has lived in Australia rounded to the nearest whole year.

THE CODE STRUCTURE

The Year of Arrival in Australia classification has a four digit code structure which directly relates to calendar years.

The Period of Residence in Australia classification has a two digit code structure which ranges from 00, 01, 02, ... to 97. Code '00' represents responses where the year of arrival is the same as the year of collection. Code '01' represents a one year period of residence for the respondent, and so on up to code '97' which represents a period of residence of 97 years or more. If a value of '-1' is derived after subtracting all significant absences from Period of Residence in Australia data for a person who has had multiple arrivals, then code '00' (ie. 0 years of residence) should be substituted.

Residual categories and codes
There are no residual categories or codes.

Supplementary codes
For Year of Arrival in Australia, the supplementary codes 'Born in Australia' ('0000') and 'Not stated/Inadequately described' ('9999') are used.

For Period of Residence in Australia, the supplementary codes 'Born in Australia' ('98') and 'Not stated/Inadequately described' ('99') are used.

Coding indexes
This variable has no coding indexes.

SCOPE OF THE VARIABLE

The variable applies to the population of Australia born overseas. However, special codes are reserved for 'Born in Australia' and 'Not stated / Inadequately described' responses which apply to all persons in Australia.

APPLICATION OF THE CLASSIFICATION TO OTHER VARIABLES

Year of Arrival in Australia and Period of Residence in Australia are not applicable to any other variables.

CODING PROCEDURES

Year of Arrival in Australia and Period of Residence in Australia data self code to their respective classifications.

For Year of Arrival in Australia, four digit calendar years are coded to the equivalent category in the classification. e.g. a response of '1996' is coded as ‘1996’ in the classification.

For Period of Residence in Australia, two digit completed years of residency, rounded to the nearest completed year, are coded to the equivalent category in the classification. For example, a period of residence in Australia of seven years and eight months would be coded to the ‘07’ category of the classification. Negative values derived for respondents with multiple arrivals are coded to the '00' categories.