EFFECT ON RELATIONSHIP DATA FROM LFS
FEWER RECORDS WITH RELATIONSHIP 'NOT DETERMINED'
Relationship data at the person level are published each month in datacubes in Labour Force, Australia, Detailed - Electronic Delivery (cat. no. 6291.0.55.001). Currently the relationship of a usual resident of a household is coded as 'Not determined' if any member of the household is out of the scope of the survey (for example, because he/she is a permanent member of the Australian defence forces), fails to meet selection rules (for example, because he/she is away for more than six weeks) or fails to fully respond to the survey. This 'Not determined' category accounts for approximately 2% of persons in the survey. The improved method of producing family estimates means that most of these previously excluded records can now be included in families processing, and their relationship can now be correctly coded.
The result of this change is that the number of records assigned to the 'Relationship not determined' category will decrease and the number of records assigned to other relationship categories will correspondingly increase. This will cause a very minor break in series.