The Census form seeks information about people who usually reside in a dwelling but who are temporarily absent on Census Night. Coders use the following temporary absentees in determining household and family classifications:
There are four different classifications available about persons temporarily absent. These are:
- children; and
- co-tenants or unrelated flatmates (used to classify group households).
Location of Spouse (SPLF) also records present and temporarily absent spouses in a family.
- Count of Dependent Children Aged Under 15 Years Temporarily Absent (CDCAF);
- Count of Dependent Students (15-24 Years) Temporarily Absent (CDSAF);
- Count of Non-Dependent Children Temporarily Absent (CNDAF); and
- Count of Persons Temporarily Absent From Family (CPAF);
- Count of Persons Temporarily Absent From Household (CPAD).
The only data gathered on temporarily absent persons are sex, age, person's relationship in household and whether the person is a full-time student. This information is used to assist in family coding. All other information for persons temporarily absent, and in Australia on Census Night, should have been obtained at their place of enumeration. However, this information is not able to be related back to this dwelling.
See also Child, Child under 15, Household, Non-dependent child, Partner.