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The variable 'Household composition' is defined as:
The 'Household' is operationally defined as:
Having established the relationship of all usual residents of the household to one another, and identified all families and other unrelated household members (if any) within the household, the operationalisation of 'Household composition' is summarised as follows:
For those cases where visitors are within scope of the collection, households consisting of visitors only are coded to Supplementary category '02 Visitor only household'.
Household member relationships and family identification are carried out using the 'Relationship in household' and 'Family composition' classifications. For further details see the standards for those variables
SCOPE OF THE VARIABLE
The variable 'Household composition' applies to all households in private dwellings
DISCUSSION OF CONCEPTUAL ISSUES
The variable 'Household composition' aims to analyse the counting unit 'household', just as the variable 'Family composition' is used in analysing the counting unit 'family' and the variable 'Income unit composition' is used to group persons within households who pool income in social and labour statistical collections. The income unit, the family and the household describe concepts which are very closely related in practice. Even though they are fundamentally different ideas, when applied to a particular dwelling they will all often refer to the same set of people. This is because the family is defined as a subset of the household and many Australian households comprise only a single family and a single income unit.
The 'Household composition' classification does not distinguish between multifamily households where the families are related to each other (e.g. where siblings each with dependent children share a dwelling), and multifamily households where the families are not related to each other. If this distinction is required, it should be derived as the separate variable 'Relationship between families' using 'Relationship in household' data. See the 'Relationship between families' standard for more information. The 'Household composition' classification does not distinguish between income units.
The 'Household composition' concept is confined to private dwellings. In some surveys, a multi-stage area sample of dwellings separately identifies two categories of dwellings: private dwellings (houses, flats, etc.) and non-private dwellings (or 'Special dwellings') which include units such as hotels and motels. Persons living in non-private dwellings such as hospitals, prisons, homes for the aged, etc. are outside the scope of the classification.
Hotels, motels and serviced apartments may be thought to contain potential households, but the ABS excludes people in non-private dwellings from family coding due to operational constraints imposed by the nature of collection methodologies. Similarly in the case of the Census, household data are not collected from persons residing in non-private dwellings, either temporarily or for longer periods of time. Instead, each individual is administered a personal questionnaire. Consequently the Census does not identify households in non-private dwellings either. It should be noted that over time the types of dwellings categorised as private dwellings have expanded to include some retirement villages, caravans etc, effectively broadening the scope of dwellings considered private dwellings.
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1286.0 - Family, Household and Income Unit Variables, 2014
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