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Housing Suitability (HOSD)
The Housing Suitability variable compares the number of bedrooms required with the actual number of bedrooms in the dwelling. It can be used to analyse the under or over utilisation of dwellings and the dwelling's suitability for the resident household.
This is a new item for 2016, however Housing Suitability data has been available in previous censuses through customised data requests.
Non-response rate only applies to data items that directly reflect responses to individual Census form questions. Housing Suitability does not have a non-response rate as it is a derived value created during Census processing for applicable households. For more information, refer to Understanding Census data quality.
Data usage notes
There is no single standard measure for housing suitability. However, Canadian National Occupancy Standard is widely used in Australia and internationally.
A definition of Housing Suitability, see the 2016 Census Dictionary.
For information related to Housing Suitability see data quality statements for Number of Bedrooms in Private Dwelling and Relationship in Household.
Household form question image
Questions 3, 4, 5, and 55 as they appeared on the 2016 Census Household Form:
A text only version of the online Census Household form is available from the Downloads tab.
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