6602.0 - Microdata: Longitudinal Labour Force, Australia, 2008-10 Quality Declaration 
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This data item indicates whether someone is in a couple relationship with another usual resident or not. This can be a formal registered marriage, a de facto partnership, or a same-sex relationship.

Social marital status is measured every month, and is therefore subject to changes across the longitudinal records.

Social marital status only applies to people who are in a couple relationship and who both usually live in the same dwelling. People who are interviewed as visitors to private dwellings or in special dwellings can be recorded as married even if their partner is not with them, as long as they have another residence where they both usually live.

There are occasions where a person may report that they are married, but their partner may not be present in the household. This could be because their partner was away from the household for more than 6 weeks, or it could be that their partner is out of scope from the labour force survey, such as a member of the permanent Australian defence force.

Social marital status is a significant component in the derivation of Household and Family characteristics, distinguishing between couple and lone parent families.






Not married

Related Information

Labour Force Survey Standard Products and Data Item Guide: Social marital status (cat. no. 6103.0)
Labour Statistics: Concepts, Sources and Methods: 16.11 Marital Status (cat. no. 6102.0.55.001)
Family, Household and Income Unit Variables, 2005: Core variables describing family structure - Marital Status (cat. no. 1286.0)
Family, Household and Income Unit Variables, 2005: Social marital status (cat. no. 1286.0)
Census Dictionary, 2011: Social Marital Status [MDCP] (cat. no. 2901.0)

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