1286.0 - Family, Household and Income Unit Variables, 2005  
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STANDARD OUTPUT CATEGORIES

64. The following are the recommended standard output categories for data on 'Relationship in household'. It should be noted that these standard outputs are only for use in self-completed collections because the input classification is not the same for household surveys as it is for self-completed collections such as the Census:

Output using majority of the standard classification

Husband, wife or partner
In a registered marriage
In a de facto marriage
Lone parent
Lone parent
Child under 15
Natural or adopted child under 15
Step child under 15
Foster child under 15
Grandchild
Otherwise related child under 15
Unrelated child under 15
Dependent student
Natural or adopted dependent student
Non-dependent step child
Non-dependent foster child
Other related individual
Brother/Sister
Father/Mother
Non-dependent grandchild
Grandfather/Grandmother
Cousin
Uncle/Aunt
Nephew/Niece
Other related individual (n.e.c.)
Non-family member
Unrelated individual in family household
Group household member
Lone person
Visitor
Visitor


65. It is also standard to aggregate data from these categories as follows:
  • output classified by family member and non-family member,
  • output aggregating dependent children,
  • output using 'Family composition'.
66. Footnotes and/or glossary entries must document the standard output categories which comprise each aggregated output category.

Output classified by family member and non-family member

Family member
Husband, wife or partner
Lone parent
Child under 15
Dependent student
Non-dependent child
Other related individual
Non-family member
Unrelated individual in family household
Group household member
Lone person

67. Visitors are not included in this output aggregation.


Output aggregating dependent children

68. The two categories 'Child under 15' and 'Dependent student' are aggregated to form a single output category of 'Dependent child'.

Husband, wife or partner
In a registered marriage
In a de facto marriage
Lone parent
Lone parent
Dependent child
Dependent natural or adopted child
Dependent step child
Dependent foster child
Grandchild under 15
Otherwise related child under 15
Unrelated child under 15
Non-dependent child
Non-dependent natural or adopted child
Non-dependent step child
Non-dependent foster child
Other related individual
Brother/Sister
Father/Mother
Non-dependent grandchild
Grandfather/Grandmother
Cousin
Uncle/Aunt
Nephew/Niece
Other related individual (n.e.c.)
Non-family member
Unrelated individual in family household
Group household member
Lone person
Visitor
Visitor


Output using 'Family composition'

69. Where appropriate it is also standard to combine output of 'Relationship in household' with 'Family composition'. Note that for collections where 'Children under 15' are out of scope, such as ABS Labour Force collections, the category 'Child under 15' may be omitted.

Family member
Husband, wife or partner
With children under 15
With no children under 15 and with dependent students
With non-dependent children only
Without children
Lone parent
With children under 15
With no children under 15 and with dependent students
With non-dependent children only
Child under 15
Dependent student
Non-dependent child
Other related individual
Non-family member
Lone person
Not living alone


70. It is possible also to further aggregate the above table as follows:

Family member
Husband, wife or partner
Lone parent
Child under 15
Dependent student
Non-dependent child
Other related individual
Non-family member
Lone person
Not living alone



Mandatory footnotes and other output information

71. Although all output stated above is standard, there are additional mandatory requirements for footnotes and glossary entries. This and some further information is summarised below.
  • There must be glossary definitions for every standard output label used.
  • The separate identification of same-sex couple families is not recommended for standard output because the reporting of same-sex couple relationships is likely to be low. The data is thus expected to be statistically insignificant, to exhibit high standard error and potentially to breach confidentiality requirements in some collections.
  • The abbreviation 'n.e.c.' must be footnoted with the explanation 'not elsewhere classified'.
  • The categories 'With children under 15', 'With no children under 15 and with dependent students' and 'With non-dependent children only' are mutually exclusive; the category 'With children under 15' may or may not include the presence of dependent students and non-dependent children; similarly the category 'With no children under 15 and with dependent students' may or may not include non-dependent children.
  • The category 'Not living alone' is an aggregation of two categories from the standard classification: 'Unrelated individual in family household' and 'Group household member'. This must be stated in a footnote or explained by a glossary entry for 'Not living alone'.
  • The distinction between step child and the other types of child is optional, and depends on whether this information is available from the response data.


RELATED CLASSIFICATIONS

72. The 'Relationship in household' classification is closely linked to the following standard classifications:

'Family composition'
'Household composition'
'Registered marital status'
'Social marital status'
'Income unit composition'

73. Changes to any of these classifications cannot be considered in isolation and all possible ramifications concerning the other classifications should be investigated before any change is adopted.

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