2901.0 - Census of Population and Housing: Census Dictionary, 2016
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Place of Usual Residence (PURP)
This is the place where a person usually lives. It may, or may not be the place where the person was counted on Census night. Each person is required to state his/her address of usual residence in a question on the Census form (e.g. Question 8 on the paper Census Household Form). The count of persons at their usual residence is known as the de jure population count.
Census counts compiled on this basis are less likely to be influenced by seasonal factors such as school holidays and snow seasons, and provide information about the usual residents of an area.
For the 2001 and 2006 Censuses, usual residence data was available at Collection District (CD) level. Since 2011, usual residence data are available for Statistical Area Level 1 (SA1). However it is only coded if sufficient information is supplied. If respondents give insufficient usual address information, their usual residence will be imputed at SA1 level. The variable Imputation Flag for Place of Usual Residence (IFPURP) is used to indicate if a person's place of usual residence has been imputed for the Census.
Characteristics of individuals are available for SA1s and aggregations of SA1s.
Census usual residence counts form the basis of the Estimated Resident Population (ERP).
See also Derivations and imputations, Family, Household, Usual residence, Visitors to Australia.