Australian Bureau of Statistics
2007.0.55.001 - Census of Population and Housing: Submissions Report, 2016
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4.0 SUMMARY OF SUBMISSIONS ON TOPICS RECOMMENDED FOR REVIEW
4.6 In the 2012 ABS Consultation information paper, this topic was recommended to be reviewed, to investigate the suitability of alternative data sources, such as administrative data. It was also suggested that there will be consideration of expanding the question to enable respondents to record the actual country of citizenship, if not Australian.
4.7 Twelve submissions were received on this topic and all requested that the topic be retained for the 2016 Census. Requests for expansion of the question was a common theme and included suggestions for the collection of information on:
4.8 In its 2012 Consultation information paper the ABS noted that data on person’s ethnic and/or cultural origins are in high demand and this information is useful for population groups which are unable to be identified through the other ethnicity questions. The ABS recommended a review of this topic be undertaken in conjunction with the ancestry topic in order to determine priority, relevance and suitability of the data, and sought input from the data users.
4.9 Twenty submissions were received and the majority of them wanted the topic to be retained, as it is used in conjunction with other variables like Country of birth of person, Ancestry and Year of Arrival to provide detailed information on culturally and linguistically diverse communities. Submitters generally requested expansion of the topic to collect the actual country of birth of parent rather than only Australia and Overseas.
4.10 In its 2012 Consultation information paper the ABS considered this topic rates less highly on the assessment criteria than other topics, and was therefore reviewing its relevance for inclusion in the Census.
4.11 Ten submissions were received and all requested retention of the topic in the 2016 Census. A small number suggested these changes:
4.12 For this topic, the 2012 ABS Consultation information paper sought justification for the ongoing collection of information about internet access and the relative priorities of the potential components of this topic (i.e. type of dwelling internet connection, personal access to the internet or personal use of the internet).
4.13 Eighteen submissions were received on this topic. All but one supported retention of this topic in the 2016 Census and commented on the components (see paragraph 4.12) within this topic. The main suggestions were:
4.15 In its 2012 Consultation information paper, the ABS noted the need for assistance topic is designed to provide information on people who have a profound or severe core activity limitation, and that it was considering recent international recommendations on disability questions suitable for Censuses.
4.16 Twenty two submissions were received on this topic and all favoured retention of the topic in the 2016 Census. Some submissions sought a variation to the topic to provide a measure of all people with disability, and including information on extent and type of disability. Other submissions supported the existing measure because of the focus on need for assistance, rather than a measure of all people with disability who may or may not have a need for assistance.
4.17 The following changes with respect to measuring need for assistance were suggested:
Status in employment
4.18 In the 2012 Consultation information paper, the ABS considered that this topic rated less highly on the assessment criteria than other topics and sought user justification for its ongoing inclusion. It was also noted that, if continued, the output classification for this topic would incorporate information on employment type.
4.19 Nine submissions were received with most in favour of retaining this topic. Some noted support for the amalgamation of employment type and status in employment topics. Other submissions described perceived weaknesses in the current concept, noting that the existing question may not capture the true employment profiles of respondents due to the time period.
4.20 Suggestions to change the question and gather extra information were made which included the addition of:
4.21 For this topic, the 2012 ABS Consultation information paper noted plans to review outcomes from the 2011 Census in terms of data quality, the usefulness of the information obtained through the questions and the appropriateness of the 2016 Census as a vehicle for the collection of data related to unpaid work. The ABS was therefore seeking justification that the Census is the most appropriate vehicle for the collection of this information, and also sought information on whether any components of this topic have higher priority than other components and the relative priority of a potential new component on main activity of people not in the labour force.
4.22 The components of unpaid work are:
4.23 Twenty four submissions were received on this topic and all but one submission supported retention. The submissions commented on the different components of unpaid work, with some suggesting changes. The general suggestions included:
4.24 In relation to unpaid domestic work, it was suggested that:
4.25 For unpaid care of others due to disability, illness or old age it was suggested to:
4.26 A number of suggestions on specific components of voluntary work were received:
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