1286.0 - Family, Household and Income Unit Variables, 2005  
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Contents >> Overview of family, household and income unit standards >> Summary of major differences between this and 'Standards for Statistics on the Family' 1995

Relationship in household

7. The standard now recognises the two separate input classifications for this variable, which are applied depending on the collection methodology used. The standard emphasises the prime purpose of this variable as an input to family formation rather than as an output variable in its own right.

Family composition

8. The name of the variable has been changed from 'Family type' to 'Family composition'. The classification has been revised in order to reflect a more logical sequence of decision-making in family formation; however the resultant output remains fully compatible with 'Family type' and an appendix to 'Family composition' provides a full correspondence table between the two classifications.

Household composition

9. The name of the variable has been changed from 'Household type' to 'Household composition'. The structure of the 'Household composition' classification has been changed to allow integration with 'Family composition' as this better suits ABS output requirements. In particular users of data on families and households will now be able to conflate data consistently, as the presence or absence of unrelated individuals to families in a household is no longer a core criterion at the base level of the classification.

Social marital status
Registered marital status

10. These standards have undergone minor changes to clarify the application of question modules and to maintain consistency with other standards in this suite.

Income unit composition

11. This is a new standard intended for use where a statistical unit is required for analysis of the levels and distribution of income. Income units are two or more persons who pool their income and savings, or an individual with sole command over their income, consumption and savings. They are formed in similar fashion to families within households, using 'Relationship in household' data, and may be said to sit between the individual and the household, with many characteristics in common with families.

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