2008.0 - Census of Population and Housing: Nature and Content, Australia, 2016  
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Data collected on this topic provide a count of the number of bedrooms in each occupied private dwelling. The number of bedrooms in a property gives an indication of property size, and the calculation of occupancy ratios can indicate dwelling utilisation or under-utilisation, and potential overcrowding. These data are also an important component in estimating homelessness and for investigating the number of people who are marginally housed.


A question on the number of rooms/bedrooms has been included in every Australian Census since 1911.

While the 1986 Census Household Form asked householders to indicate the numbers of various room types, only the number of bedrooms was retained in the computer record. The 1991 and 1996 Censuses collected data on the number of bedrooms only.

Since the 2001 Census, respondents have been asked to write in the number of bedrooms in their dwelling rather than mark a response category.


The following question is from the paper 2016 Census Household Form

Image: question 55 from the paper 2016 Census Household Form