2008.0 - Census of Population and Housing: Nature and Content, Australia, 2016  
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This topic is designed to provide information about private dwellings in some less common locations. These are Caravan/residential park or camping ground; Marinas; Manufactured home estates; and Retirement villages (self-contained accommodation). Therefore the majority of private dwellings, which are located elsewhere, fall into the Other category for this question.


This classification was introduced for the 1996 Census to cater for changes in the scope of private dwellings. From this time onwards:

      • self contained units in retirement villages and dwellings in manufactured home estates have been counted as private dwellings (dwellings in caravan parks and marinas have been included as private dwellings since the 1986 Census)
      • all private dwellings have been classified according to their location, i.e. whether Caravan/residential park or camping ground; Marina; Manufactured home estate; Retirement village (self-contained); or Other. From this information, data is able to be produced for both dwellings and households based on their location.

This classification complements the private dwelling structure classification and enables the ABS to meet user requirements for data about these less common forms of housing and their occupants.

Up to and including the 2011 Census, this information was collected by Census Field Officers in the Collector Record Book at the time the Census forms were delivered.

For the 2016 Census, data on this topic will be collected during field work by ABS Address Canvassing Officers in the lead-up to the Census, as part of establishing the Address Register as a mail-out frame for designated areas. In areas enumerated using the traditional (non mail-out) approach, the topic will be collected for each dwelling by ABS Field Officers when delivering forms. Location of private dwelling data will also be updated as required by ABS Field Officers during the 2016 Census enumeration period.


The Dwelling location question is answered by ABS Address Canvassing Officers and Census Field Officers.

The following information is collected:
      • manufactured home estate
      • retirement village
      • marina
      • caravan park.