Place of Usual Residence (PURP)
This is the place where a person usually lives. It may, or may not be the place where the person was counted on Census Night. Each person is required to state his/her address of usual residence in Question 8. The count of persons at their usual residence is known as the de jure population count.
Census counts compiled on this basis are less likely to be influenced by seasonal factors such as school holidays and snow seasons, and provide information about the usual residents of an area.
The 2001 Census was the first Census where usual residence data was available at Collection District (CD) level, however it was only coded if sufficient information was supplied. Otherwise, place of usual residence at CD level was coded to 'Inadequately described' or 'Not stated'. For the 2006 Census, usual residence data will again be available at CD level. If respondents give insufficient usual address information, their usual residence will be imputed at CD level. In previous Censuses, usual residence was only imputed at SLA level. The variable Imputation Flag for Place of Usual Residence (IFPURP) is used to indicate if a person's place of usual residence has been imputed for the Census.
Characteristics of individuals are available for CDs and aggregations of CDs.
Census usual residence counts form the basis of the Estimated Resident Population (ERP).
See also Census counts, Derivations and imputations, Family, Household, Statistical Local Area (SLA), Usual residence, Visitors to Australia.
This page last updated 20 May 2011