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Number of Bedrooms in Private Dwelling

This data quality statement applies to
Number of Bedrooms in Private Dwelling (BEDD), Number of Bedrooms in Private Dwelling (ranges) (BEDRD)

Number of Bedrooms in Private Dwelling (BEDD, BEDRD)

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

The question relating to Number of Bedrooms in Private Dwelling (BEDD) was first asked for the 1976 Census, with the 'None' mark box for bedsitters added in 2006. Categories for this variable have been revised for the 2011 Census. Further information on Census Topics 1911– 2011, can be found in How Australia Takes a Census (cat. no. 2903.0).

The non-response rate for this variable was 5.4% (6.4% in 2006). More information is available from the 2011 Census non-response quality statement.

Data for this variable is captured automatically from written numeric responses, or the 'None' mark box, from question 55 on the Census Household Form. This process is subject to low levels of recognition error. The data are subject to sample checks to ensure an acceptable level of quality. In addition, outlying values are checked manually to ensure that they match the actual response on the form. The data may include a small proportion of dwellings with unusually large numbers of bedrooms, as all numeric responses are accepted as reported.

Additional categories have been made available for 2011 to include single fields for values from 0 to 29. Values of 30 or more are grouped as a single range. Ranged data is also available from the variable Number of Bedrooms in Private Dwellings (ranges).

More information on BEDD is available in the 2011 Census Dictionary (cat. no. 2901.0).

Question 55 as it appeared on the 2011 Census Household Form

Image of question 55 from the 2011 Census
A text only version of this question is also available

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2011 Census Dictionary