2902.0 - Census Update (Newsletter), Apr 1999  
ARCHIVED ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 30/04/1999   
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New Census Working Papers

          Two new 1996 Census Working Papers on Labour Force Status and Housing are due to be released in May 1999. Census Working Papers are designed to assess and report on various aspects of census data quality.

The Labour Force Status Working Paper assesses the effect of changes made to the 1991 labour force component for the 1996 Census. The main changes include changing hours worked to refer to all jobs rather than main job and the addition of a new core question concerning availability to start work. Comparison with data from both the 1991 Census and the 1996 Labour Force Survey reveal a general improvement in data quality since the 1991 Census. The reasons for these improvements and future possible changes to the census labour force component are also outlined.

The Housing Working Paper provides an assessment of the quality of the housing data from the 1996 Census. The housing variables discussed in the paper include: Tenure Type, Rent/Housing Loan Repayment, and Structure of Dwellings. From the analyses conducted, the changes for the 2001 Census are currently being determined, however it is unlikely that the form will be changed substantially.

Upcoming Census Working Papers will analyse topics associated with Industry, Occupation, Income and the Indigenous Enumeration Strategy.

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