Family Household Composition (HCFMF)
This variable combines responses from two variables, Household Composition and Family Composition to identify family structure(s) within the dwelling. This variable is applicable to all families in family households.
How this variable is created
This variable is derived from responses to the Relationship in Household and the Persons Temporarily Absent questions on the Census Household Form. Images of these questions are provided below.
During the processing of Census data, family and household structures are identified and created based around a ‘family or household reference person’, this is usually Person 1 on the Census Household Form This item is then derived from the Family Composition and Household Composition variables.
This variable was first introduced in 2011. No changes were made in 2016.
Non-response rate only applies to data items that directly reflect responses to individual Census form questions. Family Household Composition does not have a non-response rate as it is a derived value created during Census processing for applicable families. Non-response rate only applies to data items that directly reflect responses to individual Census form questions. For more information, refer to Understanding Census data quality.
Data usage notes
Family Household Composition should be used carefully when comparing to other family data from within the ABS and for external organisations or agencies. The definition of a family can differ between different statistical collections and may not match Census definitions.
A definition for Family Household Composition is available in the 2016 Census Dictionary.
For information on the Relationship in Household question and data item, see the data quality statement for Relationship in Household.
For information on family type and family composition, see the data quality statement for Family Composition.
Household form question image
Questions 5 and 53 as they appear on the 2016 Census Household Paper Form:
A text only version of the online Census Household form is available from the Downloads tab.