Place of Usual Residence Five Years Ago (PUR5P)

This variable records the geographic area in which a person usually lived five years ago (i.e. at August 9, 2006). It is applicable for all usual residents of Australia, except for persons aged less than five years.

The question relating to Place of Usual Residence Five Years Ago (PUR5P) was first asked in the 1971 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 6.5% in 2011 (7.4% in 2006). More information is available from the 2011 Census non-response quality statement.

PUR5P is a hierarchical classification, ranging from the broadest geographical level (Australia) at the top of the hierarchy, to the finest level (SA2). The categories in this variable have changed to reflect the new Australian Statistical Geography Standard (ASGS) used for the 2011 Census. For more information refer to the 2011 Census Dictionary (cat. no. 2901.0). Provision is also made for persons who indicated that they had no usual place of residence five years ago.

PUR5P is coded to Statistical Area 2 (SA2) level. In order to assist with time series comparison and to ensure data for Local Government Areas (LGA) was available, PUR5P was dual-coded to both SA2 and Statistical Local Area (SLA) for 2011. If PUR5P cannot be coded to the SA2 level, it is assigned to a 'capital city undefined' category, or a 'state undefined' category. The proportion of records coded to these categories was 0.7% in 2011 compared with 0.5% in 2006.

For the 54.8% of persons whose PUR5P was the same as their Place of Usual Residence (PURP), their PUR5P is automatically derived from their PURP. For the 4.6% of persons whose PUR5P was not the same as their PURP, but was the same as their Place of Usual Residence One Year Ago (PUR1P), their PUR5P is automatically derived from their PUR1P. A further 6.0% of persons usually lived overseas five years ago, and their PUR5P is therefore coded as such. For the 28.6% of persons who lived elsewhere in Australia five years ago, the address details provided on the form were coded using automatic or clerical processes. Sample checks were conducted for all processes to ensure a high standard of quality.

More information on PUR5P is available in the 2011 Census Dictionary (cat. no. 2901.0).

Question 10 as it appeared on the 2011 Census Household Form



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