1200.0.55.007 - Year of Arrival Standard, 2014, Version 1.4  
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APPENDIX A - EXPLANATORY SCRIPT

The following script can be used as a guide for completing the question modules for the Year of Arrival in Australia variable. The script can be used for self-enumerated questionnaires or interviewer based surveys. However, it is not mandatory to use this script.

Year of Arrival in Australia is only asked of those people born outside Australia. Therefore, it is standard procedure to first ask the Country of Birth question, when collecting Year of Arrival in Australia.

COUNTRY OF BIRTH QUESTION

A respondent is first asked his or her country of birth, or that of the person they are answering on behalf of.

Interview based surveys
For interview based questionnaires, the interviewer marks the box for the country of birth that the respondent identifies. If the respondent identifies a country not in the tick box list, the interviewer records the country name in the 'Other - please specify' category.

For self enumerated questionnaires
The respondent can choose the country of birth from the tick box list of options if the country is specified. The 'Other - please specify' response category provides a space for the respondent to write the name of a country if it is not specified in the tick box list.

    YEAR OF ARRIVAL IN AUSTRALIA QUESTION

    If a respondent was born in Australia they are not required to answer the Year of Arrival in Australia question. If it is recorded that a respondent was born in another country other than Australia, the respondent is then sequenced to the Year of Arrival in Australia question.

    Interview based surveys
    The recommended question format is: In which year did [(name)] first arrive in Australia to live (for one year or more)?

    The interviewer records the four digit calendar year in the space provided. For respondents with multiple arrivals in Australia, the interviewer should record the year of first arrival only.

    Self enumerated questionnaires
    The recommended question format is: In what year did [you] [the person] first arrive in Australia to live here for one year or more?

    The respondent records the four digit calendar year of first arrival in the space provided. If the respondent arrived in Australia less than a year ago, he or she marks the box for "Will be here less than one year". For respondents with multiple arrivals in Australia, an instruction such as "Please indicate the year of first arrival only" should be included with the question.

    If Period of Residence in Australia is then collected, the question for Period of Residence should be asked in addition to the above questions. This improves the accuracy of Period of Residence in Australia data by collecting all significant absences since first arrival.

    PERIOD OF RESIDENCE IN AUSTRALIA QUESTION

    The recommended question format is: Excluding holidays, visits or business trips overseas, [have you] [has the person] [has (name)] had any periods of living overseas for one year or more since first arriving here?

    Interview based surveys
    If the answer is 'Yes' to this question, the interviewer records each absence from Australia of one year or more and its duration in years and months in the space provided.

    Self enumerated questionnaires
    If the answer is 'Yes' to this question, the respondent records each absence from Australia of one year or more and its duration in years and months in the space provided.