1286.0 - Family, Household and Income Unit Variables, 2005  
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Contents >> Overview of family, household and income unit standards >> The 'Relationship in household' question modules

75. Following are summaries of the questions asked to ascertain 'Relationship in household'. For more detail on how to apply these questions, see the 'Relationship in household' standard.

Interviewer-based collections

76. The initial requirement in the interviewer based question module is to determine the usual residents of the household. This is achieved by asking the following question:

'What are the names of all the people who usually live here?'

77. Each person named is assigned a row number and a person number. The first person named is identified as Person 1, the second person as Person 2 and so on (see Appendix A, Identifying Family and Household Reference Persons).

78. Q1 below is asked of all usual residents of the household, except for Person 1:

Q1. What is (Your/the Person's) relationship to (Person 1)?

79. Q2 below is then asked only if the response to Q1 is anything OTHER than 'spouse', 'partner', 'father', 'mother', 'son', 'daughter', 'brother' or 'sister' AND there are more than two usual residents in the household. It enables the identification of additional families within the household. It may be asked of some, all or none of the usual residents of the household.

Q2. Are/Is (You/the Person) more closely related to anyone else in the household? (For example, as a Husband/Wife, Partner or Child.)

80. The remaining question is asked of usual residents of the household. However, the question can be restricted to persons aged between 15-24 years if it is operationally feasible. The question is used to determine whether persons who are 15 to 24 years of age are classified as dependent children or not. In some collections the information obtained from Q3 (and Q4) below on student status is instead obtained from question modules on education topics and where this occurs these questions need not be asked as part of the 'Relationship in household' module.

Q3.Is [the person]/are you currently studying at a school, TAFE college, university or other educational institution as a full-time student?

81. In collections where data on part-time students are also required, then the following questions are asked instead of the question above:
Q3.Is [the person]/are you currently studying at a school, TAFE college, university or other educational institution?
Yesto Q4

Q4.Is [the person]/are you currently studying full-time or part-time?

Self-completed collections

82. The standard question module for self-completed collections consists of two questions. Self-completed collections do not have the benefit of an interviewer to help select the appropriate household reference person, and therefore a simple statement should be included as part of the instructions for question 1. In the 2001 Census of Population and Housing, the instructions were:

"Enter the householder or any adult household member as 'Person 1', and if present, the spouse or partner as 'Person 2'."

83. As shown below, using this question does not require a response for Person 1. For each subsequent person, the respondent is required to fill in the appropriate tick box in response to the above instruction. The set of response categories for Person 2 differs from those used for Person 3 and onwards.

Q1.What is the person's relationship to Person 1/Person 2?
Person 1Person 2Person 3
No answer required.Husband or wife of Person 1Child of both Person 1 & Person 2
De facto partner of Person 1Child of Person 1 only
Child of Person 1Child of Person 2 only
Step-child of Person 1Brother or sister of Person 1
Brother or sister of Person 1Unrelated flatmate or co-tenant
of Person 1
Unrelated flatmate or co-tenant
of Person 1
Other relationship to Person 1
Other relationship to Person 1please specify
please specify

84. The second question is asked of all usual residents of the household. Responses to the question determine whether any person aged 15 to 24 years is classified as a dependent child.

Q2.Is the person attending a school or any other educational institution?
Include external or correspondence students
Yes, full-time student
Yes, part-time student

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