2901.0 - Census of Population and Housing: Census Dictionary, 2016  
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2016 Census Dictionary >> Glossary >> Number of Bedrooms in Private Dwelling (BEDD)


Number of Bedrooms in Private Dwelling (BEDD)

This dwelling variable provides a count of the number of bedrooms in each occupied private dwelling, including caravans in caravan parks.

Housing authorities and other users of ABS information use these data:
    • to provide an indication of dwelling size and
    • to provide an indication of overcrowding by calculating occupancy ratios (i.e. the number of people per room/bedroom).

When calculating occupancy ratios, it is preferable to base them on the number of people usually resident rather than the number of people present in the household on Census night.

A new item is available for the 2016 Census, Housing Suitability (HOSD). This is a housing utilisation measure based upon a comparison of the number of bedrooms in a dwelling with a series of household demographics.

See also Dwelling. Housing Suitability (HOSD)




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