Australian Bureau of Statistics
2901.0 - Census Dictionary, 1996
Previous ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 03/07/1996
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Census variables contain person, dwelling or family characteristics for which data can be produced. The data may be acquired directly from the questions on the census form or derived or imputed from information acquired from a combination of these questions. Each variable is represented by a four, five or six letter mnemonic.
The digital geographic data used by the ABS is vector-based. Fundamental elements in any vector-based spatial database are the points and lines which define the geographic features. Mathematically, a vector is a straight line, having both magnitude and direction. Therefore, in the context of digital geographic information, a straight line between two coordinate points is a vector. Hence the concept of vector data used in GIS and the designation of vector-based systems.
See Number of Motor Vehicles (VEHD).
Question 7, 'What is the person's usual address?' identifies people who are usually resident in another country. These overseas visitors are identified as a separate category (known as V) for all applicable variables.
Characteristics of individual visitors (i.e. people who tick the elsewhere box in Question 7) are available at the household of enumeration. These people can also be tabulated according to their SLA of Usual Residence but cannot be placed back to their Collection District or Dwelling of usual residence. This concept should not be confused with that of Usual Residents Temporarily Absent (see Temporarily Absent for more information). Visitors are excluded from household and family classifications, although, counts of visitors are still available separately.
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