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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THE CLASSIFICATION CRITERIA
20. Partners in a registered marriage must be of the opposite-sex as same-sex couples cannot, under Australian law, be registered as married or hold a marriage certificate with each other.
THE STANDARD CLASSIFICATION AND CODE STRUCTURE
21. The standard classification is a single-level classification with the following five categories and code structure:
1 Never Married
Residual categories and codes
22. Not applicable.
23. The following supplementary code is used to code non-responses:
0 Not stated
SCOPE OF THE CLASSIFICATION
24. The 'Registered marital status' classification applies to all persons aged fifteen years and over.
APPLICATION OF THE CLASSIFICATION TO OTHER VARIABLES
25. In addition to 'Registered marital status', the classification can be cross classified with 'Social marital status' where both have been collected. Care should be taken to ensure that labels and footnotes clearly differentiate the two categories. Recommendations for the output structure of this cross classification are provided in the Output section of this standard.
26. 'Registered marital status' is self-coded to the classification.
27. In self-coded questions the categories of the classification are presented as 'tick-box' options, and each of the possible responses is assigned a numerical code.