The Australian Bureau of Statistics' (ABS) Family, Household and Income Unit Variables are used in ABS surveys and the Census of Population and Housing to produce an accurate statistical picture of the structures of Australian families. These variables provide definitions of concepts, methods of data collection, derivation procedures and output formats for use in all relevant ABS and external statistical collections. The variables are underpinned by a consistent definition of the family, which is sufficiently comprehensive to inform debate and sufficiently robust to be useful in a variety of statistical research applications.
The ABS Family, Household and Income Unit Variables underwent a minor review in 2012–13. No major changes were made to the standards as a result of this process.
Registered Marital Status Standard update, August 2019
The Registered Marital Status Standard contained in this publication was reviewed and updated in August 2019. The updated version reflects recent amendments to the Marriage Act 1961. Relevant glossary entries were also updated to reflect changes. If required, the 2014 Registered Marital Status Standard and glossary entries are available on request (please email the ABS on firstname.lastname@example.org).
The remaining Family, Household and Income Standards may still use terms and language referring to the status prior to the changes to the Marriage Act 1961. A review of the full set of standards is planned for the coming year. All content will be reviewed and updated when this occurs.