2008.0 - Census of Population and Housing: Nature and Content, Australia, 2016  
ARCHIVED ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 20/08/2015   
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This topic differentiates between people staying in non-private dwellings (either on a short-term basis or as a resident) from live-in staff and their families.

Data from this Census topic contributes to determining estimates of the number of people who are homeless or marginally housed.


Information about the residential status of people counted in non-private dwellings has been collected in all Censuses. Until 1996, the information was collected as part of the question about the person's relationship to others in the dwelling.

Since the 2001 Census this information has been collected from a separate question asked of people in non-private dwellings. For 2016, the wording of Question 5 on the Personal form, (which sequences people to or past Question 6 on Residential status in a non-private dwelling), has been revised to improve clarity and sequencing. The layout of Question 6 has also been changed. Previously the response categories were organised under two subheadings, and there was also an 'Other' category under each of these subheadings. However, an evaluation of the 2011 Census indicated some respondents attempted to provide a response under each subheading, even if only one was appropriate.


The following questions are from the paper 2016 Census Personal Form.

Image: questions 5 and 6 from the paper 2016 Census Personal Form.