Social Marital Status
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This variable identifies a person’s relationship status based on their current living arrangements. Where a couple relationship exists in the household the type of relationship is identified. All persons aged 15 and over, who are present in the household on Census Night and who are not in a couple relationship are identified s ‘not married’.
Social marital status is the relationship status of an individual with reference to another person who is usually resident in the household. A marriage exists when two people live together as husband and wife, or partners, regardless of whether the marriage is formalised through registration. Individuals are, therefore, regarded as married if they are in a de facto marriage, or if they are living with the person to whom they are registered as married. More Detailed Description
Applicable to: Persons aged 15 years and over present in the household on Census Night
1 Married in a registered marriage
2 Married in a de facto marriage
3 Not married
4 Not applicable
5 Overseas visitor
Total number of categories: 5
Not applicable (4) category comprises:
Persons aged under 15 years
Persons in Non-Classifiable households
Persons in non-private dwellings
Persons in migratory and off-shore CDs
Each stage of the Census is subject to stringent quality assurance measures. However, in a Census there are recognised sources of error which may survive in the data produced. Some of these are overcome or 'repaired' by careful processing procedures and quality management of the processing itself. The effect of those that remain is generally slight, although it may be more important for small groups in the population. The main kinds of error to keep in mind are:
Partial non-response - in some cases where an answer was not provided to a question an answer was imputed or derived (often from other information on the form). In other cases a 'not stated' code was allocated.
Processing error - while such errors can occur in any processing system, quality management is used to continuously improve the quality of processed data, and to identify and correct data of unacceptable quality.
Random adjustment - cells containing small values are randomly adjusted to avoid releasing information about particular individuals, families or households. The effect of random adjustment is statistically insignificant.
Respondent error - processing procedures cannot detect or repair all errors made by persons in completing the form, therefore some may remain in final data.
Undercount - although the Census aims to count each person once, there are some people who are missed and others who are counted more than once. A post enumeration survey is conducted soon after the Census to measure the undercount.
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A series of Census Working Papers have been produced to assess and report on various aspects of 2001 Census data quality. More Information
This page last updated 27 July 2006