2022 Review of the Australian Standard Classification of Religious Groups (ASCRG) and the Religious Affiliation Standard (RAS)

Closed 18 Nov 2022

Opened 29 Aug 2022

Overview

In 2022, the ABS will undertake a major review of the Australian Standard Classification of Religious Groups (ASCRG) and the associated Religious Affiliation Standard (RAS; the Religion question in the Census of Population and Housing). The review will update the ASCRG to reflect the modern Australian community; and ensure RAS is inclusive. These updates will ensure collection and production of high quality data, improving data analysis and decision making.

Why your views matter

While the current version of the ASCRG had some minor updates in 2016, it largely reflects the original 1996 version of ASCRG based on the social environment in Australia at that time. The Australian community has changed considerably over this time and the ASCRG and RAS both need to be reviewed to reflect this. ABS has also received feedback from individuals and organisations identifying areas that need to be reviewed. Data from the 2021 Census will further inform the review.

The information you provide will be used to inform the review and prepare for the 2026 Census.

To make a submission:

  1. Please read the information papers:
  • 2022 ASCRG and RAS Review Scope
  • 2022 ASCRG and RAS Review FAQs
  • 2022 ASCRG and RAS Review Survey Questions
  • 2022 ASCRG and RAS Review timeline

All papers are linked under the heading Related at the bottom of the ABS Consultation Hub Overview page.

  1. A link is provided on the ABS Consultation Hub for the Religion Review Survey where you will be guided to provide feedback through a series of questions. You are not required to respond to every question, although your submission will be strengthened by your ability to answer as thoroughly as possible and by providing supporting evidence where possible. To help prepare your submission a copy of the survey questions is provided in the document “2022 ASCRG and RAS Review Survey Questions”, under the heading Related at the bottom of the ABS Consultation Hub Overview page.

 

The closing date for submissions is 18 November 2022.

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  • General Public

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