2900.0 - Census of Population and Housing: Understanding the Census and Census Data, Australia , 2016  
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Sex of Lone Parent (SLPP)

This variable indicates the sex (i.e. either male or female) of lone parents present in the household on Census night. It is applicable to people who have identified themselves as a lone parent who was enumerated in a private dwelling on Census night.

How this variable is created

Sex of Lone Parent is a person variable that is created based on responses to the Sex and Relationship in Household questions on the Census Household Form. In a small proportion of cases, responses to Persons Temporarily Absent questions are also used. Images of these questions are provided below.

Responses to the question 'Is the person male or female?' were captured automatically from mark box responses on the form so the risk of processing error is minimal. If a form was received but there was no response to the question, Sex was imputed. More information is available in the data quality statement for Sex.

Data on the relationships people have with others in the same dwelling is mainly derived from the Relationship in Household question, which asks for each person’s relationship to Person 1 on the form.

Variable history

Sex of Lone Parent was new for 2011 and has not changed since then. 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. Sex of Lone Parent does not have a non-response rate as it is a derived value created during Census processing for applicable persons. For more information, refer to Understanding Census data quality.

Further information

A definition of Sex of Lone Parent is available in the 2016 Census Dictionary.
For information related to Sex of Lone Parent, see data quality statements for Relationship in Household and Sex.

Household form question image

Data for this variable are mainly derived from questions 3 and 5 on the Census Household Form:

Questions 3, 5 and 53 as they appeared on the 2016 Census Household Paper Form:

2016 Household Paper Form - Question 3. Is the person male or female?
2016 Household Paper Form - Question 5. What is the person's relationship to Person 1/Person 2?
Image: 2016 Household Paper Form - Question 53. For each person away, complete the following questions:

Question 2 as it appeared on the 2016 Census Household Online Form:

Note the instructions for persons who whish to identify as other than male or female.

2016 Household Online Form -  Question 2. Is  <name> male or female?
A text only version of the online Census Household form is available from the Downloads tab.