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

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Closes 18 Nov 2022

Introduction

1. What is your name?
2. Please ensure that you include contact details in your submission. By providing this information, you agree that the ABS can contact you to ask any follow-up questions, if required.
3. Which state or territory do you live in?
4. How did you find out about the 2022 review of ASCRG and RAS?
5. What does your feedback relate to?

Your answers to the questions below will be used to inform the review and preparation for the 2026 Census.

6. The Census of Population and Housing asks a question about a person’s religion, with the paper form shown below. In response, a person can either mark a check box on the pick list; or write their response in a text box (Other, please specify).

Image of the Religion question

Image of question

a) Does the way this Religious Affiliation question is asked impact you or your community?

7. Please list any religious groups that are not accurately represented in the ASCRG. In the ASCRG a Religious Group is the most detailed level of the classification and has a four-digit code.

For each religious group that is not accurately represented, please provide your suggestions for the following:

8. Is there a group that is not currently identified as a Religious Group (the four digit level) in the ASCRG that should be identified separately?

For example, is there a group within Buddhism (1011) or Hinduism (3011) that should be created as a separate Religious Group in the ASCRG?

Link to ASCRG Australian Standard Classification of Religious Groups, 2016 | Australian Bureau of Statistics (abs.gov.au)

For each group, please provide the following information:

9. Do you use Census religious affiliation data?

If “Yes”, please provide the following:

10. Are there any other comments you would like to provide regarding this review?