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Metadata items in this Data Set Specification

Below is a list of all the components within this Dataset Specification.
Each entry includes the item name, whether the item is optional, mandatory or conditional and the maximum times the item can occur in a dataset.
If the items must occur in a particular order in the dataset, the sequence number is included before the item name.

Data Elements
Reference Data Element Data Type Length Inclusion #
Person—age, total years N[NN] Number 3 mandatory 1
Person—estimated resident population of Australia, total people N[N(7)]
Specific Information:
Children aged 3-6 years only.
- - mandatory 1
Person—Indigenous status, code N Number 1 mandatory 1


Guide for use:

The Estimated resident population (ERP) cluster is based on Australian Bureau of Statistics measures of the population of Australia at a given point in time.

Estimates of the resident population are compiled initially at the Census date by firstly adjusting the Census count of residents upwards to compensate for net underenumeration in the Census, and then further adjusting (also upwards) to include an estimate of the number of Australian residents who were temporarily overseas on Census Night.

Population estimates are usually issued by the ABS subdivided by age and by sex. Other breakdowns are available for registered marital status and country of birth. Estimates of the Indigenous population of Australia are labelled as 'Experimental' estimates in that the standard approach to population estimation is not possible because satisfactory data on births, deaths, overseas and internal migration are not generally available. Furthermore, there is significant intercensal volatility in Census counts of the Indigenous population, thus adding to the problem of estimating the true Indigenous population. This volatility can in part be attributed to the change in propensity for persons to be identified as Indigenous as recorded on a Census forms.


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