2901.0 - Census of Population and Housing: Census Dictionary, 2016
Latest ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 23/08/2016
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A registered marriage may be reported in both Registered Marital Status (MSTP) and Social Marital Status (MDCP). Registered Marital Status (MSTP) is coded from the question 'What is the person's present marital status?'. Social Marital Status (MDCP) is derived from both the marital status question and the relationship in household question.
The counts of people in registered marriages differ depending on which variable is used. Some of the reasons for this variation are as follows: