Australian Bureau of Statistics
1286.0 - Family, Household and Income Unit Variables, 2005
Previous ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 01/06/2005
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STANDARD QUESTION MODULES
54. In collections where data on part-time students are also required, then the following questions are asked instead of the question above:
55. The standard question module for self-completed collections consists of two questions.
56. Self-completed collections do not have the benefit of an interviewer to help select the appropriate household reference person. Therefore, a simple statement should be included as part of the instructions for question 1. In the 2001 Census of Population and Housing, the instructions were:
"Enter the householder or any adult household member as 'Person 1', and if present, the spouse or partner as 'Person 2'."
57. As shown below, using this question does not require a response for Person 1. For each subsequent person, the respondent is required to fill in the appropriate tick box in response to the above instruction. The set of response categories for Person 2 differs from those used for Person 3 and onwards.
58. The second question is asked of all usual residents of the household. Responses to the question determine whether any person aged 15 to 24 years is classified as a dependent child.
STANDARD INPUT CATEGORIES
59. 'Relationship in household' data, as originally collected, are dependent upon whom the respondent nominates as Person 1. Usually the selected Person 1 proves to be an appropriate reference person on which to base 'Family composition' coding. However as this is not always the case, for example when a non-dependent child is selected rather than that person's parent, raw data must be further processed in order to obtain the input categories of the 'Relationship in household' classification (see Appendix A, Substituting a suitable reference person).
60. As mentioned in the section on 'Discussion of Conceptual Issues' above, the input categories for Relationship in household' vary according to the method of collection used, as follows:
61. The 'Relationship in household' categories used for household surveys are designed specifically as input for the process of family formation. Any requirement for detailed 'Relationship in household' data to be obtained from household surveys necessitates asking for additional information and would usually only take place in the context of a household survey which is intended to investigate such issues.
62. The input categories used for household surveys are as follows. They describe the relationships of persons in the household to the person identified as Person 1 on the household form, who may not be the appropriate Reference Person. No code numbers are given for the categories because any codes relating to the category names are used only for processing those categories into family formations. There are nine groups of categories.
Household reference person
De facto husband
De facto wife
63. The standard input categories used for 'Relationship in household' in self-completed collections are the level 2 categories of the 'Relationship in household' classification. For operational reasons, the supplementary codes 9 and 99 are used to code responses of 'Visitor' when they are considered in scope of the collection. Census uses an additional supplementary code 'VV' to identify overseas visitors.
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