2900.0 - Census of Population and Housing: Understanding the Census and Census Data, Australia , 2016  
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Full-Time/Part-Time Student Status (STUP)

This variable describes the full-time or part-time status of students and is applicable to all persons.

How this variable is created

The information is collected from mark box responses on the form and the risk of processing error is very small. For Full-Time/Part-Time Student Status, respondents are asked to only mark one response. In 0.8% of pre-processed data , respondents provided more than one response. In these cases responses are accepted in the order they appear on the form and the extra responses are rejected.

Variable history

A question on current type of attendance at school or other educational institution has been asked since 1976. The categories for Full/Part Time Student Status were revised for 2011. No changes were made for 2016.

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 6.8% (6.2% in 2011). The non-response rates for this variable include 0.2% of respondents (0.2% in 2011) who did not indicate whether they were students at the Full/Part Time Student Status question (question 24 on the Census Household Form) but went on to state the type of educational institution attended at the next question, Type of of Educational Institution Attending (TYPP).

Further information

A definition of Full-Time/Part-Time Student Status is available in the 2016 Census Dictionary.
For information related to Full-Time/Part-Time Student Status, see data quality statement for Type of Educational Institution Attending.
Additional sources of information regarding student status can be found in other ABS publications and associated collections. Refer to the Education home page on the ABS website.

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Question 24 as it appeared on the 2016 Census Household Paper Form:

2016 Household Paper Form - Question 24. Is the person attending a school or any other educational institution?
A text only version of the online Census Household form is available from the Downloads tab.


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