2900.0 - Census of Population and Housing: Understanding the Census and Census Data, Australia , 2016  
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Residential Status in a Non-Private Dwelling (RLNP)

This variable describes the residential status of each person in a non-private dwelling i.e. whether they were there as either a member of staff, as a guest, patient, inmate, or other resident etc. It is applicable to persons who were counted in a non-private dwelling on Census night on a Census Personal Form.

How this variable is created

This question is applicable to personal forms for Non-Private Dwellings. Data was captured automatically from mark box responses on the form and these responses were then grouped to form the two output categories. Respondents were asked to mark one response. However, in a small proportion of pre-processed data on the paper form, people provided more than one response (1.3%). In these cases, responses were accepted in the order they appeared on the form and the extra responses were rejected.

Variable history

A question on status in a non-private dwelling was first asked in the 1976 Census, and has been asked for every Census since then. For 2016 the questions on the online versions of the personal form relating to this classification were revised to improve clarity and sequencing.

Non-response rate

Item non-response rates are a measure of how many people did not respond to a particular question as a proportion of the total number of people the question was applicable to. In this instance the response is left as not stated.

The majority of item non-response is attributable to the people who did not respond to the Census at all. Refer to item non-response rates for more information. The second and smaller contributor to item non-response is when people return a Census form but may not answer a particular question(s). For more information, refer to Understanding Census data quality.

The non-response rate for this variable was 27.6% (18.3% in 2011). Non-response is generally higher for persons who were staying at a non-private dwelling on Census night than those counted in an occupied private dwelling.

Data usage notes

Residential Status in a Non-Private Dwelling is only applicable to persons who were in a non-private dwelling on Census night and were enumerated on a Census Personal Form (question 6 on the Census Personal Form).

Further Information

A definition of Residential Status in a Non-Private Dwelling is available in the 2016 Census Dictionary.

Personal form question image

Question 6 as it appeared on the 2016 Census Personal Paper Form:

Image: 2016 Personal Paper Form - Question 6. What is the person's residential status in this dwelling?
A text only version of the online Census Household form is available from the Downloads tab.