Location of Spouse (SPLF)

This variable records whether the husband/wife or de facto partner is present or temporarily absent from a couple family.

Data used to produce Location of Spouse (SPLF) is primarily captured automatically from mark box responses of those reported as being temporarily absent to question 53 on the Census Household Form, so the risk of processing error is minimal.

Couple families (with or without children present) made up 82.4% of all families and the proportion of couple families where a spouse was reported as being temporarily absent was 5.3%

SPLF, 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 SPLF 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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