2008.0 - Census of Population and Housing: Nature and Content, Australia, 2016  
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Non-private dwellings are those which provide a communal or transitory type of accommodation, such as hotels, nursing homes, corrective institutions, boarding schools, staff quarters and hospitals. This topic produces data on the number and characteristics of people who spend Census Night in a non-private dwelling.


Non-private dwellings have been enumerated and classified in all Australian Censuses. Up to and including the 1981 Census caravan parks were classified as non-private dwellings. However, from the 1986 Census onwards, caravans in caravan parks have been enumerated as private dwellings.

Until the 1996 Census, self contained dwellings in retirement villages and dwellings in manufactured home estates were also classified as non-private dwellings.

In the 2006 Census, additional response options were introduced to identify immigration detention centres, youth/backpacker hostels and ski lodges. These options were retained in the 2011 Census and will also be included in the 2016 Census. For the 2016 Census, a separate category for Mining camps has been added as a subset of the Staffing accommodation category to enable more accurate identification.

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 by ABS Field Officers during the 2016 Census enumeration period. Private dwelling structure data will also be updated as required by ABS Field Officers during the 2016 Census enumeration period.


The type of non-private dwelling question is answered by ABS Address Canvassing Officers or Census Field Officers.

The following draft question is from the 2016 Census Field Officers Field Record.

Image: question 4 from the draft 2016 Census Field Officers Record