2900.0 - Census of Population and Housing: Understanding the Census and Census Data, Australia , 2016  
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Supported Accommodation Flag (SAFD)

This variable flag applies to dwellings that provide supported accommodation for persons without a permanent residence. This data is available by request only.

How this variable is created

Lists of residential addresses were supplied to the ABS by state and territory bodies to assist with the identification of supported accommodation.

The Supported Accommodation Flag is applied during Census processing based on dwelling address information provided by the relevant service providers and state/territory bodies. Some additional dwellings may also have been identified during the Census processing and collection phases.

Dwellings identified as supported accommodation were matched to corresponding Census dwelling records to verify their address and only those that can be matched are included in the final counts.

Variable history

This variable was first used during the 2011 Census. No changes were made for 2016.

Non-response rate

Non-response rate only applies to data items that directly reflect responses to individual Census form questions. The Supported Accommodation Flag does not have a non-response rate. For more information, refer to Understanding Census data quality.

Data usage notes

Some 'Supported Accommodation' dwellings have been classified in the Census as Non-Private Dwellings, such as Boarding House/Private Hotel, and Hostels for the Homeless, etc. This data can be obtained by adding both the Supported Accommodation Flag and Type of Non-Private Dwelling variables to a table.

Further information

A definition of the Supported Accommodation Flag is available in the 2016 Census Dictionary.