Census of Population and Housing, 1976: Aboriginal Collection District Summary Files

What is the ACDSF?

Dimensions of data set

Indicative information and data code groups

Description of the summary tables

Errata

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What is the ACDSF?

The Aboriginal Collection District Summary Files present summary characteristics of Aborigines and Torres Strait Islanders and the dwellings in which they live, for every Collection District (CD) where there are at least 10 Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander people and 4 or more dwellings where an Aborigine or Torres Strait Islander was present on Census night. (When data is not available for an area because it does not meet this confidentiality criteria it is aggregated to the next highest non-confidential level).

The records for each CD include geographic area codes for State, Statistical Division, Statistical Subdivision/District, LGA, LGA Section, Destination and Origin Zones, State Area, Section of State, Commonwealth Electoral Division (1977 boundaries), State Electoral Division, Postcode, Locality, Census Division, Census Subdivision, 1976 CD, 1971 LGA and LGA Part, 1971 CD, and a 1971-1976 CD comparability indicator. The table information is made up of 47 tables giving data for both persons and dwellings. The tables include counts for males and females by marital status, usual major activity, usual residence, ages, religion, educational institution attending, age left school, highest qualification, income, duration of marriage, total issue, occupation, occupation status, hours worked, number of jobs, mode of travel to work, family type, child minding facilities used, pensions or benefits received; and dwelling counts by type of dwelling, material of walls, number of rooms and bedrooms, facilities, number of vehicles, power or fuel used, nature of occupancy, weekly rent, sources of mortgages, mortgage payments, structure of building and reason unoccupied.

Dimensions of the data set

The Summary Files contain 3 files of aboriginal CD summary data. File A holds data for NSW and Vic., File B holds data for Qld and SA, File C holds data for WA, Tas., NT and ACT.

Each of the 4498 logical records contains one record of geographic indicative information and 9 records containing counts or totals grouped to form 47 tables.

File A contains 1873 records. File B contains 1483 records. File C contains 1142 records.

Codebook

Each of the 3 Aboriginal CD Summary Files contains 10 records for each CD. The first record contains 26 cells of geographic indicative information. The next 9 records contain 1250 cells of counts of summary information for persons and dwellings. There is a total of 4498 logical records. File A contains data for NSW and Vic. (1873 logical records), file B contains data for Qld and SA (1483 logical records), and file C contains data for WA, Tas., NT and ACT (1142 logical records).

Indicative information

The 26 cells of indicative information for the Aboriginal CD Summary Files are contained in the first physical record of each logical record in the format:

Description of the Summary Tables

The Summary Files contain data cells from the 47 summary tables listed below. Full details of the tables and cells are given in the "Condensed Format Aboriginal Summary Tables Description File (download .rtf version)".

The table information is made up of 47 tables containing a total of 1250 cells giving data for both persons and dwellings. The first 3 fields on each of the 9 records are as for the indicative information records (i.e. Record length, Record type and zero fill). Each record contains, after the record identification fields, a series of fields each representing a cell within the 47 tables compiled. The relationship between Record Type and Tables is as follows:

Record Type
Table Numbers
Total N of Cells
1
2-5
120
2
6
246
4
12-16
146
5
17-24
109
6
25-26
142
7
27-33
126
8
34-42
100
9
43-48
150
10
50-54
111

The populations covered by each table are as follows:

Table Number Population
2 Various major categories covering both Aboriginal population and Aboriginal dwellings
3-4 Total Aboriginal population
5 1976--total Aboriginal population
1975, 1971--total Aboriginal population at home on 30 June 1976
6 Total Aboriginal population
12-14 Total Aboriginal population
15-16 Total Aboriginal population aged 15 years or more
17 Total now married Aboriginal women
18 Total ever married Aboriginal women
19 Total Aboriginal children aged 0-5 years
20 Total Aboriginal population aged 15 years or more
21 Total Aboriginal population
22-23 Total Aboriginal population in the labour force
24-28 Total employed Aboriginal population
29 Indeterminate as any one employed Aboriginal person may use more than one mode of travel
30 Total families in Aboriginal private dwellings
31 Total families in Aboriginal private dwellings (excluding communes)
32 Total families in Aboriginal private dwellings (excluding communes)
33 Total Aboriginal households i.e. total Aboriginal occupied private dwellings (excluding private boarding houses)
34 Total Aboriginal occupied private dwellings and total Aboriginal persons in occupied private dwellings
35-44 Total Aboriginal occupied private dwellings
45 Total rented Aboriginal occupied private dwellings
46 Total occupied mortgaged Aboriginal private dwellings
47 Total occupied mortgaged Aboriginal private dwellings
48 Total occupied Aboriginal private dwellings
50 Total families in Aboriginal private dwellings
51 Total family heads in Aboriginal private dwellings
52-54 Total population in occupied Aboriginal private dwellings and total occupied Aboriginal private dwellings.

Errata

The following notes were issued by the ABS concerning tables from the Aboriginal Collection District Summary Files.

Table 5

The part of Table 5 which shows the 1971 usual residence of the population has been found to have errors in most categories. Although, on a small area basis, the error may not be significant, it is suggested that users contact the ABS if they require detailed information about the types of errors involved.

Table 13

Table 13 which shows the number of people attending educational institutions by the type of institution has been found to be in error. The number of persons attending schools and other institutions has been understated by persons who said they attended a school or other institution but did not state the name of the institution (ie. type of institution was not stated). It is suggested that users contact the ABS if they require detailed information about the type of errors involved.

 

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