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2901.0 - Census Dictionary, 1996  
Previous ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 03/07/1996   
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Contents >> Introduction

The 1996 Census Dictionary is designed to assist users of 1996 Census data to determine and specify their output requirements. It includes a complete listing of the 1996 Census classifications and a glossary of census terms and definitions. The classifications component of this publication is equivalent to the 1991 Census Directory of Classifications (Cat. no. 2904.0) and describes all standard classifications available from the Census, listing the categories within each classification. The glossary component is equivalent to the 1991 Census Dictionary (Cat. no. 2901.0) and contains definitions of terms and concepts used in census collection, processing and output of census data.

Some of the classifications listed describe variables that are stored directly on the database, while others are derived variables that are calculated at the time of table generation. When purchasing data in customised tables, users can specify their own recoded or derived variables which select only the particular categories of interest, combine particular categories within a classification or combine two or more variables.


1996 Census release strategy

Two-phase release of data

A two-phase processing, output and dissemination strategy was put in place for 1996 Census data. The strategy placed priority on processing and disseminating all easy-to-process topics.

1996 Census release strategy

First release

The variables for first release were:

    Person Characteristics
        Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander origin (ABLP)
        Age (AGEP)
        Age left school (ALSP)
        Birthplace of mother (female parent) (BPFP)
        Birthplace of individual (BPLP)
        Birthplace of father (male parent) (BPMP)
        Proficiency in English (ENGP)
        Imputation flag (IMPP)
        Income (INCP)
        Language spoken at home (LANP)
        Registered marital status (MSTP)
        Australian citizenship (NATP)
        Religion (RELP)
        Relationship in non-private dwelling (RLNP)
        Sex (SEXP)
        SLA of usual residence census night (SLAUCP)
        State of usual residence census night (STEUCP)
        Full/part-time student (STUP)
        Number of children ever born (TISP)
        Type of educational institution attending (TYPP)
        Usual address indicator census night (UAICP)
        Year of arrival (YARP)
    Household/Dwelling Characteristics
        Number of bedrooms in private dwellings (BEDD)
        Dwelling location (DLOD)
        Dwelling type (DWTD)
        Furnished/unfurnished (FUFD)
        Housing loan repayment (monthly) (HLRD)
        Housing loan repayment (monthly) (HLRD01)
        Landlord type (LLDD)
        Type of non-private dwelling (NPDD)
        Rent (weekly) (RNTD)
        Rent (weekly) (RNTD01)
        Dwelling structure (STRD)
        Tenure type (TEND)
        Number of motor vehicles (VEHD)

Second release

The variables for second release were:

    Person Characteristics:
        Child Type (CTPP)
        Work destination zone (DZNP)
        Work destination study area (DZSP)
        Proficiency in English/language (ENGP01)
        Industry sector (GNGP)
        Hours worked (HRSP)
        Industry of employment (INDP)
        Labour force status/Status in employment (LFSP)
        Social marital status (MDCP)
        Occupation (OCCP)
        Postcode of usual address census night (POCUCP)
        Post-school educational qualifications: field of study (QALFP)
        Post-school educational qualifications: highest level (QALLP)
        Post-school educational qualifications: year completed (QALYP)
        Relationship in household (RLHP)
        Family/Household reference person indicator (RPIP)
        SLA of usual residence one year ago (SLAU1P)
        SLA of usual residence five years ago (SLAU5P)
        State of usual residence one year ago (STEU1P)
        State of usual residence five years ago (STEU5P)
        Method of travel to work (TPTP)
        Usual address indicator one year ago (UAI1P)
        Usual address indicator five years ago (UAI5P)
    Household/Dwelling Characteristics:
        Number of persons temporarily absent from household (CPAD)
        Household type (HHTD)
        Household income derivation indicator (HIDD)
        Household income (weekly) (HIND)
        Household one year mobility indicator (MV1D)
        Household five year mobility indicator (MV5D)
    Family Characteristics:
        Count of dependent children under 15 temporarily absent (CDCAF)
        Count of dependent students temporarily absent (CDSAF)
        Count of non-dependent children temporarily absent (CNDAF)
        Number of persons temporarily absent from family (CPAF)
        Family income derivation indicator (FIDF)
        Family income (weekly) (FINF)
        Family type (FMTF)
        Family number (FNOF)
        Relationship between families (FRLF)
        Location of spouse (SPLF)

First release data were available from July 1997 and second release data from March 1998.

The ABS did not produce any preliminary data from the 1996 Census.





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