2901.0 - Census Dictionary, 1996  
ARCHIVED ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 03/07/1996   
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Wage of Salary Earner

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

Water Collection Districts

Water CDs are assigned to bodies of water in a Field Group Area that are required to be separated from the land area, e.g. Lake Burley Griffin in Canberra.

In 1991, problems were caused where water CDs contained dwellings and people. Theoretically, in output products this was possible as people live on the water in houseboats and the like. For mapping purposes, however, this is highly undesirable, as data appear in waterways.

For the 1996 Census, water CDs have a default land-based CD so that any person enumerated in a water CD is coded to the default land-based CD. This is to ensure no persons are mapped in waterways.

Weekly Rent

See Rent Weekly (RNTD), Tenure Type (TEND).


See Partner.

Work Destination Zone (DZNP)

Destination zones are zones defined by State transport authorities and related bodies for Journey to Work studies. They refer to the destination of a Journey to Work, i.e. where people actually work. They do not necessarily correspond to Collection Districts (CDs) but do aggregate to Statistical Local Areas (SLAs).

Processing of Journey to Work data involves allocating a destination zone code to each employed person over the age of 15 years who was enumerated in a Journey to Work study area.

The majority of destination zone codes are obtained by matching business/employer names and locations reported on census forms with entries on the Census Business Directory.

Where a work location reported on a census form cannot be found on the directory, locality, street indexes and maps are used to determine the appropriate zone.

Destination zones have the following design restrictions:

      • they should contain at least 100 people, where possible;
      • they should not cross SLA boundaries; and
      • they should be aggregates of CDs where possible.

Destination zone coding makes it possible to produce census characteristics of the people who work in an area; also, in conjunction with origin zone to provide information on Journey to Work.

See also Industry (INDP), Journey to Work, Method of Travel to Work (TPTP), Origin Zone, Working Population.

Working Population

The Census can provide counts of people who work in destination zones within Journey to Work (JTW) study areas, or aggregations of these areas. These counts are known as the working population and contain employed people who are enumerated in a Journey to Work study area; and who report a workplace address for the main job held last week which is within the same study area as the one in which they are enumerated.

These counts exclude:

      • people enumerated outside the Journey to Work study area but who work within the area;
      • people who are unemployed or not in the labour force in the week prior to census night; and
      • people who are in a destination zone to attend school, to shop or to visit, etc.

It is not possible to distinguish between workers working standard hours, and shift workers: the data collected relate to all workers.

Tabulations of working populations present a profile of employed people in an area in the working week prior to census night.

See also Journey to Work, Work Destination Zone (DZNP).


See Address, Hours Worked (HRSP), Industry (INDP), Journey to Work, Method of Travel to Work (TPTP), Work Destination Zone (DZNP), Working Population.

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