1286.0 - Family, Household and Income Unit Variables, 2005
ARCHIVED ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 01/06/2005
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STANDARD OUTPUT CATEGORIES
49. Output at a greater level of detail is not generally recommended as the reporting of same-sex couple relationships is likely to be low. The data are thus expected to be statistically insignificant and output in some collections may breach ABS confidentiality provisions.
50. Therefore output for 'married in a de facto marriage' should be accompanied by a footnote stating that the category includes partners in same-sex de facto relationships.
Labels and footnotes
51. In publications and discussions where both the 'Registered marital status' and 'Social marital status' concepts are addressed, clear labels and footnotes must be used to differentiate 'Registered marital status' categories from 'Social marital status' categories.
52. Footnotes should state that in the 'Social marital status' classification:
53. A footnote should state that in the 'Registered marital status' classification:
54. In addition, definitions for the concepts and categories used should be listed in a glossary of terms. These should be consistent with those outlined in the Glossary section of the 'Overview of family, household and income unit standards'. In some instances, there may be a need for explanatory notes to further clarify the concepts.
Not registered married
55. Care should be taken when using the term 'Not married' in relation to 'Registered marital status' to prevent confusion with the 'Social marital status' category. The term 'Not Registered Married' should be used in preference, if there is any possibility of ambiguity. It should be noted that the term 'Not Registered Married' relates to those persons whose 'Registered marital status' is coded as 'Never married', 'Widowed' or 'Divorced'.
56. If the term 'Not married' is used where the data refer to 'Registered marital status', the ABS advises it should be footnoted as follows:
'Refers to persons whose 'Registered marital status' is 'Never married', 'Widowed' or 'Divorced', including those who are living with a de facto partner'.
57. The term 'Ever married' can be used to refer to all persons whose 'Registered marital status' is other than 'Never married'.
CROSS CLASSIFIED OUTPUT STRUCTURE
Using both 'Registered marital status' and 'Social marital status'
58. In many circumstances the most useful application of 'Registered marital status' will be in combined output with 'Social marital status'. Where such output is required, the following output structure is standard:
(1) This category includes individuals still in a registered marriage who have formed a de facto marriage with another person.
(2) This category includes individuals who report themselves as being in a registered marriage but whose spouse is not a usual resident of the same dwelling.
Cross-classifying 'Registered marital status' and 'Social marital status'
59. It is not anticipated that many collections will present data cross-tabulated in this way. However, when this is necessary, the following format is recommended for output tables:
(1) Not applicable as it is not possible to have data for these categories.
(2) This category includes individuals still in a registered marriage who have formed a de facto marriage with another person.
(3) This category includes individuals who report themselves as being in a registered marriage but whose spouse is not a usual resident of the same dwelling.
MEASUREMENT ISSUES AND RELATED CLASSIFICATIONS
60. No specific measurement issues apply to the variable 'Social marital status' beyond the normal constraints affecting statistical collections, such as problems with confidentiality and standard errors which may prevent the output of data for some of the categories of the classification.
61. Because of the close connection between 'Registered marital status', 'Social marital status', household relationships, and family, household and income unit compositions, none of these should be changed without first considering any implications of the proposed change for the other related classifications.