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Count of Persons Temporarily Absent from Household

Count of Persons Temporarily Absent from Household (CPAD)

This variable counts the total number of people who were reported as temporarily absent from the household on Census Night.

The data used to produce Count of Persons Temporarily Absent from Household (CPAD) is captured automatically from mark box responses of persons reported as temporarily absent in question 53 on the Census Household Form. CPAD is applicable to 64.2% of households. Of these, 8.6% reported persons temporarily absent from the dwelling on Census Night.

This data is subject to a family coding process so that only those persons who form a family nucleus (that is partners, children and grandchildren aged under 15 years), and unrelated persons living in group households are included. Family members who are not identified as members of the family nucleus are not included in CPAD.

CPAD, like all other 'persons absent' Census variables, should be used with caution. Previous studies on Census data have shown that people can be omitted from the persons temporarily absent section of the form simply because they are not there when the form is being filled out (for both family and group households), and also due to there being space for only three persons to be listed as temporarily absent when there may in fact be four or more people absent.

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

Question 53 as it appeared on the 2011 Census Household Form

Image of question 53 from the 2011 Census
A text only version of this question is also available

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