2901.0 - Census Dictionary, 1996  
ARCHIVED ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 03/07/1996   
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NEC (Not Elsewhere Classified)

See Residual Categories and Supplementary Codes.

NEI (Not Elsewhere Included)

See Residual Categories and Supplementary Codes.


Names are essential to the conduct of an accurate census. Names are not kept on computer files and no information is released in a way that would enable an individual or household to be identified.

The names of all people are requested on the census form for the following reasons:

      • they are an aid to the person(s) completing the form in that relevant information can be matched to the names on the form;
      • they help the census collector or group leader check for any omissions from the census form in cases when a household has to be contacted a second time;
      • it is essential to identify those people selected for the Post Enumeration Survey - the name is a convenient way of ensuring this;
      • they are often an aid in family and place of usual residence coding; and
      • research has shown that an anonymous census would obtain a lower response rate and less accurate data.

After processing is completed, all census forms and record books are destroyed by pulping and no record of names is retained.

See also Confidentiality, Post Enumeration Survey.

Name attribution (component of digital geographic information)

See Attribution.

Name of Employer

For each employed person, his/her employer's trading name and workplace address is requested on the census form. This information is used only for industry and work destination zone coding.

The name and address are matched against the ABS Register of Businesses so that the industry code that is allocated is consistent with the coding in other ABS collections.

This method of coding is more accurate than relying on the industry responses on the form. The responses are also used for Work Destination Zone coding in Journey to Work study areas.

In line with ABS' practice to maintain the confidentiality of data provided by respondents, the name and address of the employer are not recorded on computer files.

See also Confidentiality, Industry (INDP), Journey to Work, Name, Occupation (OCCP), Unit Record File, Work Destination Zone (DZNP).


See Australian Citizenship (NATP).

Negative Income

See Income (INCP).

Never Married

See Marital Status, Registered Marital Status (MSTP), Social Marital Status (MDCP).


See Census Geographic Areas.

Non-dependent child

A natural, step, adopted or foster child of a couple or lone parent usually resident in the household, aged over 15 years and who is not a full-time student aged 15-24years, and who has no partner or child of his/her own usually resident in the household.

See also Child, Couple Family, Dependent Student, Foster Child, Lone Parent, Partner, Related Individuals, Step Child.

Non-family Member

A person who does not fulfil any of the family criteria of couple relationship, parent-child relationship or other blood relationship with any of the usual residents of the household. They may live within a family household or they may form a non-family household either as a lone person or a group household.

A non-family member is a person who is one of the following:

      • a lone person;
      • a group household member; or
      • an unrelated individual living in a family household.

See also Dwelling, Household, Relationship in Household (RLHP), Visitors to Australia, Visitors to a Household.


See Industry Sector (GNGP), Type of Educational Institution Attending (TYPP).

Non-Labour Force Occupations

These refer to occupations such as housewives, students and pensioners. Under international definitions of labour force, people whose sole occupations are these occupations are coded in the Census as not in the labour force.

See also Labour Force, Labour Force Status/Status in Employment (LFSP).

Non-Private Dwelling

See Type of Non-Private Dwelling (NPDD).

Norfolk Island

This island is outside the scope of the Census.

Not Applicable

See Residual Categories and Supplementary Codes.

Not in the Labour Force

Persons Not in the Labour Force are those persons who, during the reference week, were not in the categories employed or unemployed. They include persons who were keeping house (unpaid), retired, voluntarily inactive, permanently unable to work, persons in institutions (hospitals, gaols, sanatoriums, etc.), trainee teachers, members of contemplative religious orders, and persons whose only activity during the reference week was jury service or unpaid voluntary work for an charitable organisation.

See also Labour Force, Labour Force Status/Status in Employment (LFSP).

Not Stated

See Residual Categories and Supplementary Codes.

Number of Bedrooms in Private Dwellings (BEDD)

This dwelling variable provides a count of the number of bedrooms in each occupied private dwelling, including caravans in caravan parks.

When calculating occupancy ratios it is preferable to base them on the number of people usually resident rather than the number of people present in the household on census night.

See also Dwelling.

Number of Children Ever Born (TISP)

This variable counts the number of children ever born to women over the age of 15. It only counts live births.

This information was not collected for the 1991 Census, but was collected in 1986. One reason it was not collected in 1991 was that it was considered to be required only every 10 years.

Number of Motor Vehicles (VEHD)

This variable records the number of registered motor vehicles which are owned or used by members of a household and which were garaged or parked near the occupied private dwelling on census night. It includes company-owned vehicles kept at home, but excludes motor bikes, scooters and tractors.

The data are used to help determine transport policies and priorities, e.g. car parking requirements, traffic planning, traffic management and public transport provision. Number of Motor Vehicles (VEHD) is also required for analysing and predicting car ownership patterns; indicating the availability of sources of transport other than public transport; providing a socioeconomic profile of the population as well as the mobility of segments of the population; and in conjunction with Journey to Work study area data.

See also Dwelling, Household, Journey to Work, Method of Travel to Work (TPTP).

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