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Household Five Year Mobility Indicator (MV5D)
This variable indicates if all, some, or none of the residents of a household have changed address in the previous five years. Persons temporarily absent and visitors are excluded.
This variable is applicable to all occupied private dwellings, excluding those that were determined to be 'Visitor only' or 'Other non-classifiable' households.
This variable is derived from questions asking for a person's place of usual residence on Census night, one year ago and five years ago. From this data it is possible to identify the change of address of people and show the movement of households for five years prior to the Census date. The dwelling can then be coded as having all, some, or no residents in the household having a different address five years ago. Images of the questions used to derive this variable are provided below.
A variable on household mobility was first used for the 1991 Census. This question relating to Place of Usual Residence Five Years Ago was first asked in the 1971 Census and has been asked at every Census since then. Geographic classifications have been changed for the 2016 Census so that they match the updated ASGS. The date listed for five years ago has also been updated.
The non-response rate for this variable was 2.9% in 2016 (2.9% in 2011). For this variable, the 'non-response' includes households in which one or more residents did not state their usual residence one year ago.
For more information see the data quality statements for Usual Address Indicator Census Night, Usual Address One Year Ago Indicator and Usual Address Five Years Ago Indicator.
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2900.0 - Census of Population and Housing: Understanding the Census and Census Data, Australia , 2016
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