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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71. In a statistical collection designed to produce information about families, the following steps need to take place in order to process data about families:
72. While information on families can be collected using different methodologies it always follows the same sequence:
73. Initially, a 'Household reference person' is identified. This person is the first named person entered on the collection form and is called 'Person 1'. This person is the reference point to which the 'Relationship in household' is anchored. 'Relationship in household' information provides information on 'Social marital status'. Once relationships within the household have been established and coded, reference is made to the ages of children and to further questions about student status asked to determine whether children aged 15-24 years are dependent or not. Next, rules are applied to the relationship and dependency information to enable the identification and coding of families to establish 'Family composition'. 'Family composition' data can then be used to determine the 'Household composition'. If required, additional questions can be asked to determine 'Registered marital status'.
74. In practice, identification of the 'Household reference person' is either a correction of the identification made in the field, which occurs later during the coding process, or more usually a result of the appropriate person being selected automatically. Automatic selection of 'person 1' can occur in two ways, depending on the method of collection: