2901.0 - Census of Population and Housing: Census Dictionary, 2016  
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2016 Census Dictionary >> Glossary >> Relationship in Household (RLHP)

Relationship in Household (RLHP)

This variable is used to record the relationship of each person in a family to the family reference person or, where a person is not part of a family, that person's relationship to the household reference person. This is a key variable which enables census data for people in private dwellings to be output on a family and household basis as well as on a person basis.

A question on relationship has been included in all Australian Censuses. Since the 1986 Census, relationship to Person 1 and/or Person 2 has been asked in respect of each child. This is necessary to classify step children.

A new category, 'Other non-classifiable relationship' was added to RLHP in 2011. People in occupied private dwellings who were coded to Not applicable in previous Censuses have been coded to Other non-classifiable relationship from 2011.

For more information regarding the categories contained within RLHP see the following entries:
    Child under 15, Dependent Student, Group household, Lone parent, Lone person household, Married registered, Non-dependent child, Non-family member, Other related individual, Same-sex couple.

See also Family Composition (FMCF), Family/Household Reference Person Indicator (RPIP).

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