2900.0 - Census of Population and Housing: Understanding the Census and Census Data, Australia , 2016  
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Same-Sex Couple Indicator (SSCF)

This variable indicates whether or not two persons of the same sex who reported a de facto or married partnership in the Relationship in Household question, and who are usually resident in the same household, are a same-sex couple. This variable is applicable for all couple families.

How this variable is created

A same-sex couple is counted when information about being in a same-sex couple relationship is reported at the Relationship in Household question on the Census Household form. This question asks for each person’s relationship to 'Person 1' on the form. Where two persons of the same sex have reported their relationships as either 'Husband or wife', or 'De facto partner' it is used in family coding and the person is classified as a 'partner in a de facto marriage' for the Relationship in Household person data item. This information is then used to derive the Same-Sex Couple Indicator.

Variable history

This variable was first introduced in 2011. No changes were made in 2016.

Non-response rate

Non-response rate only applies to data items that directly reflect responses to individual Census form questions. Same-Sex Couple Indicator does not have a non-response rate as it is a derived value created during Census processing for applicable families. Non-response rate only applies to data items that directly reflect responses to individual Census form questions. For more information, refer to Understanding Census data quality.

Data usage notes

Same-Sex Couple Indicator should be used carefully when comparing to other family data from within the ABS and for external organisations or agencies. The definition of a family can differ between different statistical collections and may not match Census definitions.

Further information

A definition for Same-Sex Couple Indicator is available in the 2016 Census Dictionary with additional information available in the Glossary.
For information on the Relationship in Household question and data item, see the data quality statement for Relationship in Household.
For information on family type and family composition, see the data quality statement for Family Composition.

Household form question image

Question 5 as it appeared on the 2016 Census Household Paper Form:

Image: 2016 Household Paper Form - Question 5. What is the person's relationship to Person 1/Person 2?
A text only version of the online Census Household form is available from the Downloads tab.