2901.0 - Census of Population and Housing: Census Dictionary, 2016
ARCHIVED ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 23/08/2016
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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:
See also Family Composition (FMCF), Family/Household Reference Person Indicator (RPIP).