2901.0 - Census Dictionary, 1996  
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A table comprises a number of cells (or counts) associated with two or more variables. For example, cross-classifying the variables Age (AGEP) and Sex (SEXP) provides separate counts (cells) of the number of males and females in each age group.

The variables in a table may not necessarily use the full classification available. Recodes are used to reduce the size of tables while maintaining the usefulness of the data.

Very large tables are sometimes called matrixes.

Temporarily Absent

The census form seeks information about people who usually reside in a household but who are temporarily absent on census night. Coders use the following temporary absentees in determining household and family classifications:

      • partners;
      • children; and
      • co-tenants or unrelated flatmates (used to classify group households).

There are four different classifications available about temporarily absent persons. These are:
      • Count of Dependent Children Under 15 Temporarily Absent (CDCAF);
      • Count of Dependent Students (15-24) Temporarily Absent (CDSAF);
      • Count of Non-Dependent Children Temporarily Absent (CNDAF); and
      • Count of Persons Temporarily Absent from Household (CPAD).

Location of Spouse (SPLF) also identifies Present and Temporarily Absent spouses in a family.

The only data gathered on temporarily absent persons are Sex, Age, Student Status and Person's Relationship in Household. This information is used to assist in family coding before any data are released. Data items for temporarily absent persons are not kept on the unit record file, otherwise there would be duplication as the persons would already appear (if counted) elsewhere on the file.

See also Child, Child Under 15, Dependent Student, Non-Dependent Child, Household, Partner.

Temporary Absentees

See Temporarily Absent.


See Dwelling Structure (STRD).

Tenure Type (TEND)

Tenure Type describes whether households are renting, purchasing or own the dwelling in which they were enumerated on census night, or whether they occupy them under another arrangement. In 1991, the variable was called Nature of Occupancy. Tenure Type is derived from the responses to a series of questions. Thus, the number of categories available in 1996 has increased and now includes being purchased under a rent/buy scheme, being occupied rent free and being occupied under a life tenure scheme (which can be considered similar to being owned).

Tenure Type (TEND) is applicable to all private dwellings.

See also Furnished/Unfurnished (FUFD), Landlord Type (LLDD).

Terrace House

See Dwelling Structure (STRD).

Thematic Maps

Thematic maps are maps which show various geographic regions which are shaded or patterned, or use some other graphic tool (for example, different sized arrows), to convey differences in a particular characteristic. Census data are particularly popular for these types of maps as a wide range of characteristics is available for small areas. These areas and the associated statistics can then be aggregated to cover a wide range of differently shaped regions to suit various needs.

See also Customised Mapping Service.

Thinning (associated with digital geographic information)

See Reduction.

Topographic features

These are objects such as roads, bridges and bodies of water.

See Digital Base Map Data.

Torres Strait Islander

See Aboriginal/Torres Strait Islander, Aboriginal/Torres Strait Islander Languages, Aboriginal/Torres Strait Islander Origin (ABLP), Community Development Employment Program (CDEP), Indigenous Enumeration, Indigenous Family, Indigenous Household.


See Usual Residence, Visitors to Australia.


See Dwelling Structure (STRD).


See Journey to Work, Method of Travel to Work (TPTP), Number of Motor Vehicles (VEHD).

Travel to Work

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

Type of Educational Institution Attending (TYPP)

This variable identifies the type of educational institution being attended by people who are full/part-time students. The categories cover pre-school to tertiary institutions.

Users of the data on pre-school attendance should be aware that some children who are in child-care may be included in the pre-school figures. This has been identified as a problem with interpretation of categories by respondents.

Information on whether a person is attending an educational institution is essential for education and labour market planning. It is also used to identify dependent children in family coding.

See also Full/Part-time Student (STUP), Qualifications.

Type of Non-Private Dwelling (NPDD)

Non-private dwellings are establishments which provide a communal type of accommodation. Examples are hotels, motels, hospitals and residential colleges. This variable identifies the type of non-private dwelling, in which people were enumerated on census night.

In 1991, the category Homes for the Aged covered both cared and self-care accommodation in retirement villages and similar establishments. In 1996, this category has been renamed 'Accommodation for the Retired or Aged' and now only includes cared accommodation, i.e. accommodation where meals are provided. Self-care units in Accommodation for the Retired or Aged are enumerated on Household Forms and are therefore categorised as Private Dwellings. Thus, the counts of Private and Non-Private Dwellings may be affected. Self-care units can be identified by the variable Dwelling Location (DLOD).

See also Accommodation for the Aged (Self-Care), Dwelling, Dwelling Location (DLOD).

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