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Census of Population and Housing: Census dictionary
Reference period
2021
Mnemonic Variable Release 
CALTHDCount of adults (15 years and over) with selected long-term health condition(s) in householdJune 2022New
CCLTHDCount of children with selected long-term health condition(s) in householdJune 2022New
CLTHPCount of selected long-term health conditionsJune 2022New
COARASPWhether has arthritis and asthmaJune 2022New
COARDBPWhether has arthritis and diabetesJune 2022New
COARHDPWhether has arthritis and heart diseaseJune 2022New
COARMHPWhether has arthritis and mental health conditionJune 2022New
COASHDPWhether has asthma and heart diseaseJune 2022New
COASLCPWhether has asthma and lung conditionJune 2022New
COCNHDPWhether has cancer and heart diseaseJune 2022New
CODBHDPWhether has diabetes and heart diseaseJune 2022New
CODBKDPWhether has diabetes and kidney diseaseJune 2022New
COHDKDPWhether has heart disease and kidney diseaseJune 2022New
COHDMHPWhether has heart disease and mental health conditionJune 2022New
COLCMHPWhether has lung condition and mental health conditionJune 2022New
CPLTHDCount of persons with selected long-term health condition(s) in householdJune 2022New
CPLTHRDCount of persons with selected long-term health condition(s) in household (ranges)June 2022New
HARTPWhether has arthritisJune 2022New
HASTPWhether has asthmaJune 2022New
HCANPWhether has cancer (including remission)June 2022New
HDEMPWhether has dementia (including Alzheimer's)June 2022New
HDIAPWhether has diabetes (excluding gestational diabetes)June 2022New
HHEDPWhether has heart disease (including heart attack or angina)June 2022New
HKIDPWhether has kidney diseaseJune 2022New
HLTHPWhether has one or more long-term health condition(s)June 2022New
HLUNPWhether has lung condition (including COPD and emphysema)June 2022New
HMHCPWhether has mental health condition (including depression or anxiety)June 2022New
HOLHPWhether has other long-term health condition(s)June 2022New
HSTRPWhether has had a strokeJune 2022New
LTHPType of long-term health conditionJune 2022New

Count of adults (15 years and over) with selected long-term health condition(s) in household (CALTHD)

Definition

This variable counts the number of adults aged 15 years and over in a household who reported they had at least one of the selected long-term health conditions. Selected long-term health conditions include:

  • arthritis
  • asthma
  • cancer (including remission)
  • dementia (including Alzheimer’s)
  • diabetes (excluding gestational diabetes)
  • heart disease (including heart attack or angina)
  • kidney disease
  • lung condition (including COPD or emphysema)
  • mental health condition (including depression or anxiety)
  • stroke

‘Any other long-term health condition(s)’ are excluded from the count.

Scope

Occupied private dwellings

Categories

CodeCategory
0No adults reported a selected long-term health condition
1One adult reported a selected long-term health condition
2Two adults reported a selected long-term health condition
3Three adults reported a selected long-term health condition
4Four adults reported a selected long-term health condition
5Five or more adults reported a selected long-term health condition
6Some adults in household had not stated long-term health condition
&All adults in household not stated
@Not applicable

Number of categories: 9

Not applicable (@) comprises:

  • Visitor only households
  • Other non-classifiable households
  • Unoccupied private dwellings
  • Non-private dwellings
  • Migratory, off-shore and shipping SA1s

Question(s) from the Census form

What is the person’s date of birth and age?

What is the person’s date of birth and age?

What is Person 1's date of birth?

If date of birth is not known, please select 'Don't know date of birth' and provide Person 1's age.

More information

Day Month Year

OR

Don't know date of birth

Age

More information

Additional information relating to the question on: What is the person’s date of birth and age?

What is Person 1's date of birth?

If date of birth is not known, please select 'Don't know date of birth' and provide Person 1's age.

More information

It is important to note:
• Date of birth is the date that the person was born.
• Age is required only if the person's date of birth is not known. Please report age at Census night – Tuesday 10 August 2021.

If the person is less than one year old and their date of birth is not known, enter '0' in the age box.

Example

Example response to date of birth question: Don't know date of birth response selected

What is Person 1's date of birth?

If date of birth is not known, please select 'Don't know date of birth' and provide Person 1's age.

More information

Day Month Year

OR

Don't know date of birth (selected response)

Age years

Has the person been told by a doctor or nurse that they have any of these long-term health conditions?

Has the person been told by a doctor or nurse that they have any of these long-term health conditions?

Has Person 1 been told by a doctor or nurse that they have any of these long-term health conditions?

Include health conditions that have lasted or are expected to last for six months or more.

Include health conditions that:
• may recur from time to time, or
• are controlled by medication, or
• are in remission.

Select all that apply.

Person's long-term health conditions

Arthritis

Asthma

Cancer (including remission)

Dementia (including Alzheimer's)

Diabetes (excluding gestational diabetes)

Heart disease (including heart attack or angina)

Kidney disease

Lung condition (including COPD or emphysema)

Mental health condition (including depression or anxiety)

Stroke

Any other long-term health condition(s)

No long-term health condition

How this variable is created

This variable is derived from responses to the long-term health conditions question and the Age (AGEP) variable. It counts the number of people aged 15 years and over in a household who have marked one of the following long-term health conditions:

  • arthritis
  • asthma
  • cancer (including remission)
  • dementia (including Alzheimer's)
  • diabetes (excluding gestational diabetes)
  • heart disease (including heart attack or angina)
  • kidney disease
  • lung condition (including COPD or emphysema)
  • mental health condition (including depression or anxiety)
  • stroke

If all people aged 15 years or over in the household did not answer the long-term health conditions question, this variable is set to ‘Not stated’.

If some people aged 15 years or over in the household did not answer the long-term health conditions question, this variable is set to category 6, ‘Some adults in household had not stated long-term health condition’.

If a person marks only ‘Any other long-term health condition(s)’, they are not counted as having a long-term health condition in this variable. These people are counted in category 0 'No adults reported a selected long-term health condition'.

Visitor only households and other non-classifiable households are excluded. People away from the dwelling on Census Night are excluded from this variable.

History and changes

This is a new variable for 2021.

Data use considerations

Count of adults (15 years and over) with selected long-term health condition(s) in household (CALTHD) should be used carefully when comparing to other health data from within the ABS and for external organisations or agencies. Relevant definitions and response categories can differ between different statistical collections and may not match Census definitions. For more information, see Comparing ABS long-term health conditions data sources.

This variable does not have a non-response rate as it is created during Census processing by using responses from more than one question on the Census form. The proportion of dwellings where either all people in the household did not answer the long-term health conditions question, or some people in the household did not answer the long-term health conditions question, was 6.3%.

Related variables and glossary terms

  • Count of children with selected long-term health condition(s) in household (CCLTHD)
  • Count of persons with selected long-term health condition(s) in household (CPLTHD)
  • Count of persons with selected long-term health condition(s) in household (ranges) (CPLTHRD)
  • Relationship in household (RLHP)
  • Long-term health condition(s)

Count of children with selected long-term health condition(s) in household (CCLTHD)

Definition

This variable counts the number of children under 15 years in a household who reported they had at least one of the selected long-term health conditions. Selected long-term health conditions include:

  • arthritis
  • asthma
  • cancer (including remission)
  • dementia (including Alzheimer’s)
  • diabetes (excluding gestational diabetes)
  • heart disease (including heart attack or angina)
  • kidney disease
  • lung condition (including COPD or emphysema)
  • mental health condition (including depression or anxiety)
  • stroke

‘Any other long-term health condition(s)’ are excluded from the count.

Scope

Occupied private dwellings with children

Categories

CodeCategory
0No children reported a selected long-term health condition
1One child reported a selected long-term health condition
2Two children reported a selected long-term health condition
3Three children reported a selected long-term health condition
4Four children reported a selected long-term health condition
5Five or more children reported a selected long-term health condition
6Some children in household had a not stated long-term health condition
&All children in household not stated
@Not applicable

Number of categories: 9

Not applicable (@) comprises:

  • Lone person households
  • Visitor only households
  • Other non-classifiable households
  • One family household: Couple family with no children
  • Two family household: Couple family with no children
  • Three or more family household: Couple family with no children
  • Unoccupied private dwellings
  • Non-private dwellings
  • Migratory, off-shore and shipping SA1s

Question(s) from the Census form

What is the person’s date of birth and age?

What is the person’s date of birth and age?

What is Person 1's date of birth?

If date of birth is not known, please select 'Don't know date of birth' and provide Person 1's age.

More information

Day Month Year

OR

Don't know date of birth

Age

More information

Additional information relating to the question on: What is the person’s date of birth and age?

What is Person 1's date of birth?

If date of birth is not known, please select 'Don't know date of birth' and provide Person 1's age.

More information

It is important to note:
• Date of birth is the date that the person was born.
• Age is required only if the person's date of birth is not known. Please report age at Census night – Tuesday 10 August 2021.

If the person is less than one year old and their date of birth is not known, enter '0' in the age box.

Example

Example response to question above: Don't know date of birth response selected

What is Person 1's date of birth?

If date of birth is not known, please select 'Don't know date of birth' and provide Person 1's age.

More information

Day Month Year

OR

Don't know date of birth (selected response)

Age years

What is the person’s relationship to Person 1/Person 2?

What is the person’s relationship to Person 1/Person 2?

What is Person 2's relationship to Person 1?

Examples of other relationships: Son-in-law, Grand-daughter, Uncle, Boarder.

More information

Person's relationship to others in the household

Husband or wife of Person 1

De facto partner of Person 1

Child of Person 1

Stepchild of Person 1

Brother or sister of Person 1

Unrelated flatmate or co-tenant of Person 1

Other relationship to Person 1 (please specify)

More information

Additional information relating to the question on: What is the person’s relationship to Person 1/Person 2?

What is Person 2's relationship to Person 1?

Examples of other relationships: Son-in-law, Grand-daughter, Uncle, Boarder.

More information

If more than one response applies, select only the option that shows the relationship that most closely applies.

Has the person been told by a doctor or nurse that they have any of these long-term health conditions?

Has the person been told by a doctor or nurse that they have any of these long-term health conditions?

Has Person 1 been told by a doctor or nurse that they have any of these long-term health conditions?

Include health conditions that have lasted or are expected to last for six months or more.

Include health conditions that:
• may recur from time to time, or
• are controlled by medication, or
• are in remission.

Select all that apply.

Person's long-term health conditions

Arthritis

Asthma

Cancer (including remission)

Dementia (including Alzheimer's)

Diabetes (excluding gestational diabetes)

Heart disease (including heart attack or angina)

Kidney disease

Lung condition (including COPD or emphysema)

Mental health condition (including depression or anxiety)

Stroke

Any other long-term health condition(s)

No long-term health condition

How this variable is created

This variable is derived from responses to the long-term health conditions question and the Age (AGEP) variable. It counts the number of people aged under 15 years in a household who have marked one of the following long-term health conditions:

  • arthritis
  • asthma
  • cancer (including remission)
  • dementia (including Alzheimer’s)
  • diabetes (excluding gestational diabetes)
  • heart disease (including heart attack or angina)
  • kidney disease
  • lung condition (including COPD or emphysema)
  • mental health condition (including depression or anxiety)
  • stroke

If all people under 15 years in the household did not answer the long-term health conditions question, this variable is set to ‘Not stated’.

If some people aged under 15 years in the household did not answer the long-term health conditions question, this variable is set to category 6, ‘Some children in household had not stated long-term health condition’

If a person marks only ‘Any other long-term health condition(s)’, they are not counted as having a long-term health condition in this variable. These people are counted in category 0 'No children reported a selected long-term health condition'.

Visitor only households, other non-classifiable households and lone person households are excluded. People away from the dwelling on Census Night are excluded from this variable.

History and changes

This is a new variable for 2021.

Data use considerations

Count of children with selected long-term health condition(s) in household (CCLTHD) should be used carefully when comparing to other health data from within the ABS and for external organisations or agencies. Relevant definitions and response categories can differ between different statistical collections and may not match Census definitions. For more information, see Comparing ABS long-term health conditions data sources.

This variable does not have a non-response rate as it is created during Census processing by using responses from more than one question on the Census form. The proportion of dwellings where either all people in the household did not answer the long-term health conditions question, or some people in the household did not answer the long-term health conditions question, was 5.6%.

Related variables and glossary terms

  • Count of adults (15 years and over) with selected long-term health conditions in household (CALTHD)
  • Count of persons with selected long-term health conditions in household (CPLTHD)
  • Count of persons with selected long-term health conditions in household (ranges) (CPLTHRD)
  • Relationship in household (RLHP)
  • Long-term health condition(s)

Count of selected long-term health conditions (CLTHP)

Definition

This variable describes the number of selected long-term health conditions a person has reported. The selected long-term health conditions include:

  • arthritis
  • asthma
  • cancer (including remission)
  • dementia (including Alzheimer’s)
  • diabetes (excluding gestational diabetes)
  • heart disease (including heart attack or angina)
  • kidney disease
  • lung condition (including COPD or emphysema)
  • mental health condition (including depression or anxiety)
  • stroke

‘Any other long-term health condition(s)’ are excluded from the count.

Scope

All persons

Categories

CodeCategory
0None of the selected conditions
1One condition
2Two conditions
3Three or more conditions
&Not stated
VOverseas visitor

Number of categories: 6 

See Understanding supplementary codes for more information.

Question(s) from the Census form

Has the person been told by a doctor or nurse that they have any of these long-term health conditions?

Has the person been told by a doctor or nurse that they have any of these long-term health conditions?

Has Person 1 been told by a doctor or nurse that they have any of these long-term health conditions?

Include health conditions that have lasted or are expected to last for six months or more.

Include health conditions that:
• may recur from time to time, or
• are controlled by medication, or
• are in remission.

Select all that apply.

Person's long-term health conditions

Arthritis

Asthma

Cancer (including remission)

Dementia (including Alzheimer's)

Diabetes (excluding gestational diabetes)

Heart disease (including heart attack or angina)

Kidney disease

Lung condition (including COPD or emphysema)

Mental health condition (including depression or anxiety)

Stroke

Any other long-term health condition(s)

No long-term health condition

How this variable is created

This variable is derived from responses to the Long-term health conditions question. It counts the number of selected long-term conditions a person reports.

If a person marks only ‘Any other long-term health condition(s)’ on the Census form, they are not counted as having a long-term health condition in this variable. These people are counted in category 0, 'None of the Selected Conditions'. However, if a person selects, for example, ‘Asthma’ and ‘Any other long-term health condition(s)’ on the Census form, they would be included in category 1, ‘One condition’.

People who report over three conditions are grouped together in category 3, ‘Three or more conditions’.

History and changes

This is a new variable for 2021.

Data use considerations

The count of selected long-term health condition responses, including no conditions, are not comparable to similar counts derived from other health collections such as the National Health Survey (NHS) and National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Surveys (NATSIHS). Different sets of selected health conditions questions are asked in these other collections. For more information, see Comparing ABS long-term health conditions data sources.

The non-response rate for Count of long-term health conditions (CLTHP) was 8.1% in 2021. 

Related variables and glossary terms

Whether has arthritis and asthma (COARASP)

Definition

This variable describes whether a person has reported having both arthritis and asthma.

Scope

All persons

Categories

CodeCategory
1Has arthritis and asthma
2Does not have arthritis and asthma
&Not stated
VOverseas visitor

Number of categories: 4

See Understanding supplementary codes for more information.

Question(s) from the Census form

Has the person been told by a doctor or nurse that they have any of these long-term health conditions?

Has the person been told by a doctor or nurse that they have any of these long-term health conditions?

Has Person 1 been told by a doctor or nurse that they have any of these long-term health conditions?

Include health conditions that have lasted or are expected to last for six months or more.

Include health conditions that:
• may recur from time to time, or
• are controlled by medication, or
• are in remission.

Select all that apply.

Person's long-term health conditions

Arthritis

Asthma

Cancer (including remission)

Dementia (including Alzheimer's)

Diabetes (excluding gestational diabetes)

Heart disease (including heart attack or angina)

Kidney disease

Lung condition (including COPD or emphysema)

Mental health condition (including depression or anxiety)

Stroke

Any other long-term health condition(s)

No long-term health condition

How this variable is created

This variable is derived from responses to the long-term health conditions question and aims to capture people who have specific combinations of health conditions (known as comorbidity).

Where a respondent selects ‘Arthritis’ and ‘Asthma’ they are coded to '1 Has arthritis and asthma’. The respondent could also have other long-term health conditions, but those conditions are not recorded in this variable. All other combinations of responses, including ‘No long-term health condition’ are coded to '2 Does not have arthritis and asthma’.

If a person has more than one specified combination of long-term health conditions, they will be captured in more than one comorbidity health variable.

History and changes

This is a new variable for 2021.

Data use considerations

Long-term health conditions data from Census is not intended to provide prevalence estimates. Prevalence estimates of long-term health conditions should be sourced from the National Health Survey (NHS) or National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Survey (NATSIHS).

If a person has more than one specified combination, they will be captured in more than one comorbidity health variable.

This variable does not have a non-response rate as it is created during Census processing by using responses from more than one question on the Census form. For the item non-response rate for the health question, see CLTHP.

Related variables and glossary terms

  • Whether has arthritis (HARTP)
  • Whether has asthma (HASTP)

Whether has arthritis and diabetes (COARDBP)

Definition

This variable describes whether a person has reported having both arthritis and diabetes (excluding gestational diabetes).

Scope

All persons

Categories

CodeCategory
1Has arthritis and diabetes
2Does not have arthritis and diabetes
&Not stated
VOverseas visitor

Number of categories: 4

See Understanding supplementary codes for more information.

Question(s) from the Census form

Has the person been told by a doctor or nurse that they have any of these long-term health conditions?

Has the person been told by a doctor or nurse that they have any of these long-term health conditions?

Has Person 1 been told by a doctor or nurse that they have any of these long-term health conditions?

Include health conditions that have lasted or are expected to last for six months or more.

Include health conditions that:
• may recur from time to time, or
• are controlled by medication, or
• are in remission.

Select all that apply.

Person's long-term health conditions

Arthritis

Asthma

Cancer (including remission)

Dementia (including Alzheimer's)

Diabetes (excluding gestational diabetes)

Heart disease (including heart attack or angina)

Kidney disease

Lung condition (including COPD or emphysema)

Mental health condition (including depression or anxiety)

Stroke

Any other long-term health condition(s)

No long-term health condition

How this variable is created

This variable is derived from responses to the long-term health conditions question and aims to capture people who have specific combinations of health conditions (known as comorbidity).

Where a respondent selects ‘Arthritis’ and ‘Diabetes (excluding gestational diabetes)’ they are coded to category 1 'Has arthritis and diabetes’. The respondent could also have other long-term health conditions, but those conditions are not recorded in this variable. All other combinations of responses, including ‘No long-term health condition’ are coded to category 2 'Does not have arthritis and diabetes’.

If a person has more than one specified combination of long-term health conditions, they will be captured in more than one comorbidity health variable.

History and changes

This is a new variable for 2021.

Data use considerations

If a person has more than one specified combination, they will be captured in more than one comorbidity health variable.

This variable does not have a non-response rate as it is created during Census processing by using responses from one or more questions on the Census form. For the item non-response rate for the health question, see CLTHP.

Related variables and glossary terms

  • Whether has arthritis (HARTP)
  • Whether has diabetes (excluding gestational diabetes) (HDIAP)

Whether has arthritis and heart disease (COARHDP)

Definition

This variable describes whether a person has reported having both arthritis and heart disease (including heart attack or angina).

Scope

All persons

Categories

CodeCategory
1Has arthritis and heart disease
2Does not have arthritis and heart disease
&Not stated
VOverseas visitor

Number of categories: 4

See Understanding supplementary codes for more information.

Question(s) from the Census form

Has the person been told by a doctor or nurse that they have any of these long-term health conditions?

Has the person been told by a doctor or nurse that they have any of these long-term health conditions?

Has Person 1 been told by a doctor or nurse that they have any of these long-term health conditions?

Include health conditions that have lasted or are expected to last for six months or more.

Include health conditions that:
• may recur from time to time, or
• are controlled by medication, or
• are in remission.

Select all that apply.

Person's long-term health conditions

Arthritis

Asthma

Cancer (including remission)

Dementia (including Alzheimer's)

Diabetes (excluding gestational diabetes)

Heart disease (including heart attack or angina)

Kidney disease

Lung condition (including COPD or emphysema)

Mental health condition (including depression or anxiety)

Stroke

Any other long-term health condition(s)

No long-term health condition

How this variable is created

This variable is derived from responses to the long-term health conditions question and aims to capture people who have specific combinations of health conditions (known as comorbidity).

When a respondent selects ‘Arthritis’ and ‘Heart disease (including heart attack or angina)’ they are coded to 1 ‘Has arthritis and heart disease’. The respondent could also have other long-term health conditions, but those conditions are not recorded in this variable. All other combinations of responses, including ‘No long-term health condition’ are coded to 2 ‘Does not have arthritis and heart disease’.

If a person has more than one specified combination of long-term health conditions, they will be captured in more than one comorbidity health variable.

History and changes

This is a new variable for 2021.

Data use considerations

If a person has more than one specified combination, they will be captured in more than one comorbidity health variable.

This variable does not have a non-response rate as it is created during Census processing by using responses from one or more questions on the Census form. For the item non-response rate for the health question, see CLTHP.

Related variables and glossary terms

  • Whether has arthritis (HARTP)
  • Whether has heart disease (including heart attack and angina) (HHEDP)

Whether has arthritis and mental health condition (COARMHP)

Definition

This variable describes whether a person has reported having both arthritis and a mental health condition (including depression and anxiety).

Scope

All persons

Categories

CodeCategory
1Has arthritis and mental health condition
2Does not have arthritis and mental health condition
&Not stated
VOverseas visitor

Number of categories: 4

See Understanding supplementary codes for more information.

Question(s) from the Census form

Has the person been told by a doctor or nurse that they have any of these long-term health conditions?

Has the person been told by a doctor or nurse that they have any of these long-term health conditions?

Has Person 1 been told by a doctor or nurse that they have any of these long-term health conditions?

Include health conditions that have lasted or are expected to last for six months or more.

Include health conditions that:
• may recur from time to time, or
• are controlled by medication, or
• are in remission.

Select all that apply.

Person's long-term health conditions

Arthritis

Asthma

Cancer (including remission)

Dementia (including Alzheimer's)

Diabetes (excluding gestational diabetes)

Heart disease (including heart attack or angina)

Kidney disease

Lung condition (including COPD or emphysema)

Mental health condition (including depression or anxiety)

Stroke

Any other long-term health condition(s)

No long-term health condition

How this variable is created

This variable is derived from responses to the long-term health conditions question and aims to capture people who have specific combinations of health conditions (known as comorbidity).

Where a respondent selects ‘Arthritis’ and ‘Mental health condition (including depression and anxiety)’ they are coded to 1 ‘Has arthritis and mental health condition’. The respondent could also have other long-term health conditions, but those conditions are not recorded in this variable. All other combinations of responses, including ‘No long-term health condition’ are coded to 2 ‘Does not have arthritis and mental health condition’.

If a person has more than one specified combination of long-term health conditions, they will be captured in more than one comorbidity health variable.

History and changes

This is a new variable for 2021.

Data use considerations

If a person has more than one specified combination, they will be captured in more than one comorbidity health variable.

This variable does not have a non-response rate as it is created during Census processing by using responses from one or more questions on the Census form. For the item non-response rate for the health question, see CLTHP.

Related variables and glossary terms

  • Whether has arthritis (HARTP)
  • Whether has mental health condition (including depression or anxiety) (HMHCP)

Whether has asthma and heart disease (COASHDP)

Definition

This variable describes whether a person has reported having both asthma and heart disease (including heart attack or angina).

Scope

All persons

Categories

CodeCategory
1Has asthma and heart disease
2Does not have asthma and heart disease
&Not stated
VOverseas visitor

Number of categories: 4

See Understanding supplementary codes for more information.

Question(s) from the Census form

Has the person been told by a doctor or nurse that they have any of these long-term health conditions?

Has the person been told by a doctor or nurse that they have any of these long-term health conditions?

Has Person 1 been told by a doctor or nurse that they have any of these long-term health conditions?

Include health conditions that have lasted or are expected to last for six months or more.

Include health conditions that:
• may recur from time to time, or
• are controlled by medication, or
• are in remission.

Select all that apply.

Person's long-term health conditions

Arthritis

Asthma

Cancer (including remission)

Dementia (including Alzheimer's)

Diabetes (excluding gestational diabetes)

Heart disease (including heart attack or angina)

Kidney disease

Lung condition (including COPD or emphysema)

Mental health condition (including depression or anxiety)

Stroke

Any other long-term health condition(s)

No long-term health condition

How this variable is created

This variable is derived from responses to the long-term health conditions question and aims to capture people who have specific combinations of health conditions (known as comorbidity).

Where a respondent selects ‘Asthma’ and ‘Heart disease (including heart attack or angina)’ they are coded to 1 ‘Has asthma and heart disease’. The respondent could also have other long-term health conditions, but those conditions are not recorded in this variable. All other combinations of responses, including ‘No long-term health condition’ are coded to 2 ‘Does not have asthma and heart disease’.

If a person has more than one specified combination of long-term health conditions, they will be captured in more than one comorbidity health variable.

History and changes

This is a new variable for 2021.

Data use considerations

If a person has more than one specified combination, they will be captured in more than one comorbidity health variable.

This variable does not have a non-response rate as it is created during Census processing by using responses from one or more questions on the Census form. For the item non-response rate for the health question, see CLTHP.

Related variables and glossary terms

  • Whether has asthma (HASTP)
  • Whether has heart disease (including heart attack or angina) (HHEDP)

Whether has asthma and lung condition (COASLCP)

Definition

This variable describes whether a person has reported having both asthma and a lung condition (including COPD or emphysema).

Scope

All persons

Categories

CodeCategory
1Has asthma and lung condition
2Does not have asthma and lung condition
&Not stated
VOverseas visitor

Number of categories: 4

See Understanding supplementary codes for more information.

Question(s) from the Census form

Has the person been told by a doctor or nurse that they have any of these long-term health conditions?

Has the person been told by a doctor or nurse that they have any of these long-term health conditions?

Has Person 1 been told by a doctor or nurse that they have any of these long-term health conditions?

Include health conditions that have lasted or are expected to last for six months or more.

Include health conditions that:
• may recur from time to time, or
• are controlled by medication, or
• are in remission.

Select all that apply.

Person's long-term health conditions

Arthritis

Asthma

Cancer (including remission)

Dementia (including Alzheimer's)

Diabetes (excluding gestational diabetes)

Heart disease (including heart attack or angina)

Kidney disease

Lung condition (including COPD or emphysema)

Mental health condition (including depression or anxiety)

Stroke

Any other long-term health condition(s)

No long-term health condition

How this variable is created

This variable is derived from responses to the long-term health conditions question and aims to capture people who have specific combinations of health conditions (known as comorbidity).

Where a respondent selects ‘Asthma’ and ‘Lung condition (including COPD or emphysema)’ they are coded to 1 ‘Has asthma and lung condition’. The respondent could also have other long-term health conditions, but those conditions are not recorded in this variable. All other combinations of responses, including ‘No long-term health condition’ are coded to 2 ‘Does not have asthma and lung condition’.

If a person has more than one specified combination of long-term health conditions, they will be captured in more than one comorbidity health variable.

History and changes

This is a new variable for 2021.

Data use considerations

If a person has more than one specified combination, they will be captured in more than one comorbidity health variable.

This variable does not have a non-response rate as it is created during Census processing by using responses from one or more questions on the Census form. For the item non-response rate for the health question, see CLTHP.

Related variables and glossary terms

  • Whether has asthma (HASTP)
  • Whether has lung condition (including COPD or emphysema) (HLUNP)

Whether has cancer and heart disease (COCNHDP)

Definition

This variable describes whether a person has reported having both cancer (including remission) and heart disease (including heart attack or angina).

Scope

All persons

Categories

CodeCategory
1Has cancer and heart disease
2Does not have cancer and heart disease
&Not stated
VOverseas visitor

Number of categories: 4

See Understanding supplementary codes for more information.

Question(s) from the Census form

Has the person been told by a doctor or nurse that they have any of these long-term health conditions?

 Has the person been told by a doctor or nurse that they have any of these long-term health conditions?

Has Person 1 been told by a doctor or nurse that they have any of these long-term health conditions?

Include health conditions that have lasted or are expected to last for six months or more.

Include health conditions that:
• may recur from time to time, or
• are controlled by medication, or
• are in remission.

Select all that apply.

Person's long-term health conditions

Arthritis

Asthma

Cancer (including remission)

Dementia (including Alzheimer's)

Diabetes (excluding gestational diabetes)

Heart disease (including heart attack or angina)

Kidney disease

Lung condition (including COPD or emphysema)

Mental health condition (including depression or anxiety)

Stroke

Any other long-term health condition(s)

No long-term health condition

How this variable is created

This variable is derived from responses to the long-term health conditions question and aims to capture people who have specific combinations of health conditions (known as comorbidity).

Where a respondent selects ‘Cancer (including remission)’ and ‘Heart disease (including heart attack or angina)’ they are coded to 1 ‘Has cancer and heart disease’. The respondent could also have other long-term health conditions, but those conditions are not recorded in this variable. All other combinations of responses, including ‘No long-term health condition’ are coded to 2 ‘Does not have cancer and heart disease’.

If a person has more than one specified combination of long-term health conditions, they will be captured in more than one comorbidity health variable.

History and changes

This is a new variable for 2021.

Data use considerations

If a person has more than one specified combination, they will be captured in more than one comorbidity health variable.

This variable does not have a non-response rate as it is created during Census processing by using responses from one or more questions on the Census form. For the item non-response rate for the health question, see CLTHP.

Related variables and glossary terms

  • Whether has cancer (including remission) (HCANP)
  • Whether has heart disease (including heart attack or angina) (HHEDP)

Whether has diabetes and heart disease (CODBHDP)

Definition

This variable describes whether a person has reported having both diabetes (excluding gestational diabetes) and heart disease (including heart attack or angina).

Scope

All persons

Categories

CodeCategory
1Has diabetes and heart disease
2Does not have diabetes and heart disease
&Not stated
VOverseas visitor

Number of categories: 4

See Understanding supplementary codes for more information.

Question(s) from the Census form

Has the person been told by a doctor or nurse that they have any of these long-term health conditions?

Has the person been told by a doctor or nurse that they have any of these long-term health conditions?

Has Person 1 been told by a doctor or nurse that they have any of these long-term health conditions?

Include health conditions that have lasted or are expected to last for six months or more.

Include health conditions that:
• may recur from time to time, or
• are controlled by medication, or
• are in remission.

Select all that apply.

Person's long-term health conditions

Arthritis

Asthma

Cancer (including remission)

Dementia (including Alzheimer's)

Diabetes (excluding gestational diabetes)

Heart disease (including heart attack or angina)

Kidney disease

Lung condition (including COPD or emphysema)

Mental health condition (including depression or anxiety)

Stroke

Any other long-term health condition(s)

No long-term health condition

How this variable is created

This variable is derived from responses to the long-term health conditions question and aims to capture people who have specific combinations of health conditions (known as comorbidity).

Where a respondent selects ‘Diabetes (excluding gestational diabetes)’ and ‘Heart disease (including heart attack or angina)’ they are coded to 1 ‘Has diabetes and heart disease’. The respondent could also have other long-term health conditions, but those conditions are not recorded in this variable. All other combinations of responses, including ‘No long-term health condition’ are coded to 2 ‘Does not have diabetes and heart disease’.

If a person has more than one specified combination of long-term health conditions, they will be captured in more than one comorbidity health variable.

History and changes

This is a new variable for 2021.

Data use considerations

If a person has more than one specified combination, they will be captured in more than one comorbidity health variable.

This variable does not have a non-response rate as it is created during Census processing by using responses from one or more questions on the Census form. For the item non-response rate for the health question, see CLTHP.

Related variables and glossary terms

  • Whether has diabetes (excluding gestational diabetes) (HDIAP)
  • Whether has heart disease (including heart attack or angina) (HHEDP)

Whether has diabetes and kidney disease (CODBKDP)

Definition

This variable describes whether a person has reported having both diabetes (excluding gestational diabetes) and kidney disease.

Scope

All persons

Categories

CodeCategory
1Has diabetes and kidney disease
2Does not have diabetes and kidney disease
&Not stated
VOverseas visitor

Number of categories: 4

See Understanding supplementary codes for more information.

Question(s) from the Census form

Has the person been told by a doctor or nurse that they have any of these long-term health conditions?

Has the person been told by a doctor or nurse that they have any of these long-term health conditions?

Has Person 1 been told by a doctor or nurse that they have any of these long-term health conditions?

Include health conditions that have lasted or are expected to last for six months or more.

Include health conditions that:
• may recur from time to time, or
• are controlled by medication, or
• are in remission.

Select all that apply.

Person's long-term health conditions

Arthritis

Asthma

Cancer (including remission)

Dementia (including Alzheimer's)

Diabetes (excluding gestational diabetes)

Heart disease (including heart attack or angina)

Kidney disease

Lung condition (including COPD or emphysema)

Mental health condition (including depression or anxiety)

Stroke

Any other long-term health condition(s)

No long-term health condition

How this variable is created

This variable is derived from responses to the long-term health conditions question and aims to capture people who have specific combinations of health conditions (known as comorbidity).

Where a respondent selects ‘Diabetes (excluding gestational diabetes)’ and ‘Kidney disease’ they are coded to 1 ‘Has diabetes and kidney disease’. The respondent could also have other long-term health conditions, but those conditions are not recorded in this variable. All other combinations of responses, including ‘No long-term health condition’ are coded to 2 ‘Does not have diabetes and kidney disease’.

If a person has more than one specified combination of long-term health conditions, they will be captured in more than one comorbidity health variable.

History and changes

This is a new variable for 2021.

Data use considerations

If a person has more than one specified combination, they will be captured in more than one comorbidity health variable.

This variable does not have a non-response rate as it is created during Census processing by using responses from one or more questions on the Census form. For the item non-response rate for the health question, see CLTHP.

Related variables and glossary terms

  • Whether has diabetes (excluding gestational diabetes) (HDIAP)
  • Whether has kidney disease (HKIDP)

Whether has heart disease and kidney disease (COHDKDP)

Definition

This variable describes whether a person has reported having both heart disease (including heart attack or angina) and kidney disease.

Scope

All persons

Categories

CodeCategory
1Has heart disease and kidney disease
2Does not have heart disease and kidney disease
&Not stated
VOverseas visitor

Number of categories: 4

See Understanding supplementary codes for more information.

Question(s) from the Census form

Has the person been told by a doctor or nurse that they have any of these long-term health conditions?

Has the person been told by a doctor or nurse that they have any of these long-term health conditions?

Has Person 1 been told by a doctor or nurse that they have any of these long-term health conditions?

Include health conditions that have lasted or are expected to last for six months or more.

Include health conditions that:
• may recur from time to time, or
• are controlled by medication, or
• are in remission.

Select all that apply.

Person's long-term health conditions

Arthritis

Asthma

Cancer (including remission)

Dementia (including Alzheimer's)

Diabetes (excluding gestational diabetes)

Heart disease (including heart attack or angina)

Kidney disease

Lung condition (including COPD or emphysema)

Mental health condition (including depression or anxiety)

Stroke

Any other long-term health condition(s)

No long-term health condition

How this variable is created

This variable is derived from responses to the long-term health conditions question and aims to capture people who have specific combinations of health conditions (known as comorbidity).

Where a respondent selects ‘Heart disease (including heart attack or angina)’ and ‘Kidney disease’ they are coded to 1 ‘Has heart disease and kidney disease’. The respondent could also have other long-term health conditions, but those conditions are not recorded in this variable. All other combinations of responses, including ‘No long-term health condition’ are coded to 2 ‘Does not have heart disease and kidney disease’.

If a person has more than one specified combination, they will be captured in more than one comorbidity health variable.

History and changes

This is a new variable for 2021.

Data use considerations

If a person has more than one specified combination, they will be captured in more than one comorbidity health variable.

This variable does not have a non-response rate as it is created during Census processing by using responses from one or more questions on the Census form. For the item non-response rate for the health question, see CLTHP.

Related variables and glossary terms

  • Whether has heart disease (including heart attack or angina) (HHEDP)
  • Whether has kidney disease (HKIDP)

Whether has heart disease and mental health condition (COHDMHP)

Definition

This variable describes whether a person has reported having both heart disease (including heart attack or angina) and a mental health condition (including depression and anxiety).

Scope

All persons

Categories

CodeCategory
1Has heart disease and mental health condition
2Does not have heart disease and mental health condition
&Not stated
VOverseas visitor

Number of categories: 4

See Understanding supplementary codes for more information.

Question(s) from the Census form

Has the person been told by a doctor or nurse that they have any of these long-term health conditions?

Has the person been told by a doctor or nurse that they have any of these long-term health conditions?

Has Person 1 been told by a doctor or nurse that they have any of these long-term health conditions?

Include health conditions that have lasted or are expected to last for six months or more.

Include health conditions that:
• may recur from time to time, or
• are controlled by medication, or
• are in remission.

Select all that apply.

Person's long-term health conditions

Arthritis

Asthma

Cancer (including remission)

Dementia (including Alzheimer's)

Diabetes (excluding gestational diabetes)

Heart disease (including heart attack or angina)

Kidney disease

Lung condition (including COPD or emphysema)

Mental health condition (including depression or anxiety)

Stroke

Any other long-term health condition(s)

No long-term health condition

How this variable is created

This variable is derived from responses to the long-term health conditions question and aims to capture people who have specific combinations of health conditions (known as comorbidity).

Where a respondent selects ‘Heart disease (including heart attack or angina)’ and ‘Mental health condition (including depression and anxiety) they are coded to 1 ‘Has heart disease and mental health condition’. The respondent could also have other long-term health conditions, but those conditions are not recorded in this variable. All other combinations of responses, including ‘No long-term health condition’ are coded to 2 ‘Does not have heart disease and mental health condition’.

If a person has more than one specified combination, they will be captured in more than one comorbidity health variable.

History and changes

This is a new variable for 2021.

Data use considerations

If a person has more than one specified combination, they will be captured in more than one comorbidity health variable.

This variable does not have a non-response rate as it is created during Census processing by using responses from one or more questions on the Census form. For the item non-response rate for the health question, see CLTHP.

Related variables and glossary terms

  • Whether has heart disease (including heart attack or angina) (HHEDP)
  • Whether has mental health condition (including depression or anxiety) (HMHCP)

Whether has lung condition and mental health condition (COLCMHP)

Definition

This variable describes whether a person has reported having both a lung condition (including COPD and emphysema) and a mental health condition (including depression and anxiety).

Scope

All persons

Categories

CodeCategory
1Has lung condition and mental health condition
2Does not have lung condition and mental health condition
&Not stated
VOverseas visitor

Number of categories: 4

See Understanding supplementary codes for more information.

Question(s) from the Census form

Has the person been told by a doctor or nurse that they have any of these long-term health conditions?

Has the person been told by a doctor or nurse that they have any of these long-term health conditions?

Has Person 1 been told by a doctor or nurse that they have any of these long-term health conditions?

Include health conditions that have lasted or are expected to last for six months or more.

Include health conditions that:
• may recur from time to time, or
• are controlled by medication, or
• are in remission.

Select all that apply.

Person's long-term health conditions

Arthritis

Asthma

Cancer (including remission)

Dementia (including Alzheimer's)

Diabetes (excluding gestational diabetes)

Heart disease (including heart attack or angina)

Kidney disease

Lung condition (including COPD or emphysema)

Mental health condition (including depression or anxiety)

Stroke

Any other long-term health condition(s)

No long-term health condition

How this variable is created

This variable is derived from responses to the long-term health conditions question and aims to capture people who have specific combinations of health conditions (known as comorbidity).

Where a respondent selects ‘Lung condition (including COPD and emphysema)’ and ‘Mental health condition (including depression and anxiety)’ they are coded to 1 ‘Has lung condition and mental health condition’. The respondent could also have other long-term health conditions, but those conditions are not recorded in this variable. All other combinations of responses, including ‘No long-term health condition’ are coded to 2 ‘Does not have lung condition and mental health condition’.

If a person has more than one specified combination, they will be captured in more than one comorbidity health variable.

History and changes

This is a new variable for 2021.

Data use considerations

If a person has more than one specified combination, they will be captured in more than one comorbidity health variable.

This variable does not have a non-response rate as it is created during Census processing by using responses from one or more questions on the Census form. For the item non-response rate for the health question, see CLTHP.

Related variables and glossary terms

  • Whether has lung condition (including COPD or emphysema) (HLUNP)
  • Whether has mental health condition (including depression or anxiety) (HMHCP)

Count of persons with selected long-term health condition(s) in household (CPLTHD)

Definition

This variable counts the number of people in a household who reported they had at least one of the selected long-term health conditions. Selected long-term health conditions include:

  • arthritis
  • asthma
  • cancer (including remission)
  • dementia (including Alzheimer’s)
  • diabetes (excluding gestational diabetes)
  • heart disease (including heart attack or angina)
  • kidney disease
  • lung condition (including COPD or emphysema)
  • mental health condition (including depression or anxiety)
  • stroke.

‘Any other long-term health condition(s)’ are excluded from the count. 

Scope

Occupied private dwellings

Categories

CodeCategory
00No persons in household reported a long-term health condition
01One person in household reported a long-term health condition
02Two persons in household reported a long-term health condition
03Three persons in household reported a long-term health condition
04Four persons in household reported a long-term health condition
05Five persons in household reported a long-term health condition
06Six persons in household reported a long-term health condition
07Seven persons in household reported a long-term health condition
08Eight persons in household reported a long-term health condition
09Nine persons in household reported a long-term health condition
10Ten or more persons in household reported a long-term health condition
11Some persons in household had not stated a long-term health condition
&&All persons in household not stated
@@Not applicable

Number of categories: 14

Not applicable (@@) comprises:

  • Visitor only households
  • Other non-classifiable households
  • Unoccupied private dwellings
  • Non-private dwellings
  • Migratory, off-shore and shipping SA1s

Question(s) from the Census form

Has the person been told by a doctor or nurse that they have any of these long-term health conditions?

Has the person been told by a doctor or nurse that they have any of these long-term health conditions?

Has Person 1 been told by a doctor or nurse that they have any of these long-term health conditions?

Include health conditions that have lasted or are expected to last for six months or more.

Include health conditions that:
• may recur from time to time, or
• are controlled by medication, or
• are in remission.

Select all that apply.

Person's long-term health conditions

Arthritis

Asthma

Cancer (including remission)

Dementia (including Alzheimer's)

Diabetes (excluding gestational diabetes)

Heart disease (including heart attack or angina)

Kidney disease

Lung condition (including COPD or emphysema)

Mental health condition (including depression or anxiety)

Stroke

Any other long-term health condition(s)

No long-term health condition

How this variable is created

This variable is derived from responses to the long-term health conditions question. It counts the number of people in a household who have marked one of the following long-term health conditions:

  • arthritis
  • asthma
  • cancer (including remission)
  • dementia (including Alzheimer’s)
  • diabetes (excluding gestational diabetes)
  • heart disease (including heart attack or angina)
  • kidney disease
  • lung condition (including COPD or emphysema)
  • mental health condition (including depression or anxiety)
  • stroke.

If all people in the household did not answer the long-term health conditions question, this variable is set to ‘All persons in household not stated’.

If some people in the household did not answer the long-term health conditions question, this variable is set to category 11, ‘Some persons in household had not stated a long-term health condition’.

If a person marks only ‘Any other long-term health condition(s)’, they are not counted as having a long-term health condition in this variable. These people are counted in category 00 'No persons in the household have a long-term health condition'.

Visitor only households and Other non-classifiable households are excluded. Persons temporarily absent are excluded from this variable.

History and changes

This is a new variable for 2021. 

Data use considerations

Count of persons with selected long-term health condition(s) in household (CPLTHD) should be used carefully when comparing to other health data from within the ABS and for external organisations or agencies. Relevant definitions and response categories can differ between different statistical collections and may not match Census definitions. For more information, see Comparing ABS long-term health conditions data sources

This variable does not have a non-response rate as it is created during Census processing by using responses from more than one question on the Census form. The proportion of dwellings where either all people in the household did not answer the long-term health conditions question, or some people in the household did not answer the long-term health conditions question, was 7.3%.

Related variables and glossary terms

  • Count of persons with selected long-term health condition(s) in household (ranges) (CPLTHRD)
  • Count of adults (15 years and over) with selected long-term health conditions in household (CALTHD)
  • Count of children with selected long-term health conditions in household (CCLTHD)
  • Long-term health condition(s)

Count of persons with selected long-term health condition(s) in household (ranges) (CPLTHRD)

Definition

This variable counts the number of people in a household who reported they had at least one of the selected long-term health conditions in ranges. Selected long-term health conditions include:

  • arthritis
  • asthma
  • cancer (including remission)
  • dementia (including Alzheimer’s)
  • diabetes (excluding gestational diabetes)
  • heart disease (including heart attack or angina)
  • kidney disease
  • lung condition (including COPD or emphysema)
  • mental health condition (including depression or anxiety)
  • stroke.

‘Any other long-term health condition(s)’ are excluded from the count.

Scope

Occupied private dwellings

Categories

CodeCategory
0No persons in household reported a long-term health condition
1One person in household reported a long-term health condition
2Two persons in household reported a long-term health condition
3Three persons in household reported a long-term health condition
4Four persons in household reported a long-term health condition
5Five or more persons in household reported a long-term health condition
6Some persons in household had not stated a long-term health condition
&All persons in household not stated
@Not applicable

Number of categories: 9

Not applicable (@) comprises:

  • Visitor only households
  • Other non-classifiable households
  • Unoccupied private dwellings
  • Non-private dwellings
  • Migratory, off-shore and shipping SA1s

Question(s) from the Census form

Has the person been told by a doctor or nurse that they have any of these long-term health conditions?

Has the person been told by a doctor or nurse that they have any of these long-term health conditions?

Has Person 1 been told by a doctor or nurse that they have any of these long-term health conditions?

Include health conditions that have lasted or are expected to last for six months or more.

Include health conditions that:
• may recur from time to time, or
• are controlled by medication, or
• are in remission.

Select all that apply.

Person's long-term health conditions

Arthritis

Asthma

Cancer (including remission)

Dementia (including Alzheimer's)

Diabetes (excluding gestational diabetes)

Heart disease (including heart attack or angina)

Kidney disease

Lung condition (including COPD or emphysema)

Mental health condition (including depression or anxiety)

Stroke

Any other long-term health condition(s)

No long-term health condition

How this variable is created

This variable is derived from responses to the long-term health conditions question. It counts the number of people in a household who have marked one of the following long-term health conditions:

  • arthritis
  • asthma
  • cancer (including remission)
  • dementia (including Alzheimer’s)
  • diabetes (excluding gestational diabetes)
  • heart disease (including heart attack or angina)
  • kidney disease
  • lung condition (including COPD or emphysema)
  • mental health condition (including depression or anxiety)
  • stroke.

If all people in the household did not answer the long-term health conditions question, this variable is set to ‘All persons in household not stated’.

If some people in the household did not answer the long-term health conditions question, this variable is set to category 6, ‘Some persons in household had not stated a long-term health condition’.

If a person marks only ‘Any other long-term health condition(s)’, they are not counted as having a long-term health condition in this variable. These people are counted in category 0 'No persons in household reported a long-term health condition'.

Visitor only households and Other non-classifiable households are excluded. Persons temporarily absent are excluded from this variable.

History and changes

This is a new variable for 2021. 

Data use considerations

Count of persons with selected long-term health condition(s) in household (ranges) (CPLTHRD) should be used carefully when comparing to other health data from within the ABS and for external organisations or agencies. Relevant definitions and response categories can differ between different statistical collections and may not match Census definitions. For more information, see Comparing ABS long-term health conditions data sources.

This variable does not have a non-response rate as it is created during Census processing by using responses from more than one question on the Census form.

The proportion of dwellings where either all people in the household did not answer the long-term health conditions question, or some people in the household did not answer the long-term health conditions question, was 7.3%.

Related variables and glossary terms

  • Count of persons with selected long-term health condition(s) in household (CPLTHD)
  • Count of adults (15 years and over) with selected long-term health conditions in household (CALTHD)
  • Count of children with selected long-term health conditions in household (CCLTHD)
  • Long-term health condition(s)

Whether has arthritis (HARTP)

Definition

This variable describes whether a person reported that they have arthritis.

Scope

All persons

Categories

CodeCategory
011Has arthritis
012Does not have arthritis
&&&Not stated
VVVOverseas visitor

Number of categories: 4

See Understanding supplementary codes for more information.

Question(s) from the Census form

Has the person been told by a doctor or nurse that they have any of these long-term health conditions?

Has the person been told by a doctor or nurse that they have any of these long-term health conditions?

Has Person 1 been told by a doctor or nurse that they have any of these long-term health conditions?

Include health conditions that have lasted or are expected to last for six months or more.

Include health conditions that:
• may recur from time to time, or
• are controlled by medication, or
• are in remission.

Select all that apply.

Person's long-term health conditions

Arthritis

Asthma

Cancer (including remission)

Dementia (including Alzheimer's)

Diabetes (excluding gestational diabetes)

Heart disease (including heart attack or angina)

Kidney disease

Lung condition (including COPD or emphysema)

Mental health condition (including depression or anxiety)

Stroke

Any other long-term health condition(s)

No long-term health condition

How this variable is created

This variable is derived from responses to the long-term health conditions question. It counts the number of people who marked ‘Arthritis’ on the form.

History and changes

This is a new variable for 2021.

Data use considerations

The question does not distinguish between osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis therefore this variable will include respondents reporting both forms of arthritis.

Long-term health conditions data from Census is not intended to provide prevalence estimates. Prevalence estimates of chronic health conditions should be sourced from the National Health Survey (NHS) or National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Surveys (NATSIHS).

This variable does not have a non-response rate as it is created during Census processing by using responses from one or more questions on the Census form. For the item non-response rate for the Health question, see CLTHP.

Related variables and glossary terms

  • Type of long-term health condition (LTHP)
  • Whether has arthritis and asthma (COARASP)
  • Whether has arthritis and diabetes (COARDBP)
  • Whether has arthritis and heart disease (COARHDP)

Whether has asthma (HASTP)

Definition

This variable describes whether a person has been told by a doctor or nurse that they have asthma. This variable does not indicate whether a person has multiple long-term health conditions.

Scope

All persons

Categories

CodeCategory
021Has asthma
022Does not have asthma
&&&Not stated
VVVOverseas visitor

Number of categories: 4

See Understanding supplementary codes for more information.

Question(s) from the Census form

Has the person been told by a doctor or nurse that they have any of these long-term health conditions?

Has the person been told by a doctor or nurse that they have any of these long-term health conditions?

Has Person 1 been told by a doctor or nurse that they have any of these long-term health conditions?

Include health conditions that have lasted or are expected to last for six months or more.

Include health conditions that:
• may recur from time to time, or
• are controlled by medication, or
• are in remission.

Select all that apply.

Person's long-term health conditions

Arthritis

Asthma

Cancer (including remission)

Dementia (including Alzheimer's)

Diabetes (excluding gestational diabetes)

Heart disease (including heart attack or angina)

Kidney disease

Lung condition (including COPD or emphysema)

Mental health condition (including depression or anxiety)

Stroke

Any other long-term health condition(s)

No long-term health condition

How this variable is created

This variable is derived from responses to the long-term health conditions question. It counts the number of people who marked ‘Asthma’ on the form.

History and changes

This is a new variable for 2021.

Data use considerations

Long-term health conditions data from Census is not intended to provide prevalence estimates. Prevalence estimates of chronic health conditions should be sourced from the National Health Survey (NHS) or National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Surveys (NATSIHS).

This variable does not have a non-response rate as it is created during Census processing by using responses from one or more questions on the Census form. For the item non-response rate for the Health question, see CLTHP.

Related variables and glossary terms

  • Type of long-term health condition (LTHP)
  • Whether has arthritis and asthma (COARASP)
  • Whether has asthma and heart disease (COASHDP)

Whether has cancer (including remission) (HCANP)

Definition

This variable describes whether a person has been told by a doctor or nurse that they have cancer. This variable does not indicate whether a person has multiple long-term health conditions.

Scope

All persons

Categories

CodeCategory
031Has cancer (including remission)
032Does not have cancer (including remission)
&&&Not stated
VVVOverseas visitor

Number of categories: 4

See Understanding supplementary codes for more information.

Question(s) from the Census form

Has the person been told by a doctor or nurse that they have any of these long-term health conditions?

Has the person been told by a doctor or nurse that they have any of these long-term health conditions?

Has Person 1 been told by a doctor or nurse that they have any of these long-term health conditions?

Include health conditions that have lasted or are expected to last for six months or more.

Include health conditions that:
• may recur from time to time, or
• are controlled by medication, or
• are in remission.

Select all that apply.

Person's long-term health conditions

Arthritis

Asthma

Cancer (including remission)

Dementia (including Alzheimer's)

Diabetes (excluding gestational diabetes)

Heart disease (including heart attack or angina)

Kidney disease

Lung condition (including COPD or emphysema)

Mental health condition (including depression or anxiety)

Stroke

Any other long-term health condition(s)

No long-term health condition

How this variable is created

This variable is derived from responses to the long-term health conditions question. It counts the number of people who marked ‘Cancer (including remission)’ on the form.

History and changes

This is a new variable for 2021.

Data use considerations

Long-term health conditions data from Census is not intended to provide prevalence estimates. Prevalence estimates of chronic health conditions should be sourced from the National Health Survey (NHS) or National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Surveys (NATSIHS).

Respondents may have reported both malignant and benign neoplasms (cancers) in response to this question.

This variable does not have a non-response rate as it is created during Census processing by using responses from one or more questions on the Census form. For the item non-response rate for the Health question, see CLTHP.

Related variables and glossary terms

  • Type of long-term health condition (LTHP)
  • Whether has cancer and heart disease (COCNHDP)

Whether has dementia (including Alzheimer's) (HDEMP)

Definition

This variable describes whether a person has been told by a doctor or nurse that they have dementia (including Alzheimer’s). This variable does not indicate whether a person has multiple long-term health conditions.

Scope

All persons

Categories

CodeCategory
041Has dementia (including Alzheimer’s)
042Does not have dementia (including Alzheimer's)
&&&Not stated
VVVOverseas visitor

Number of categories: 4

See Understanding supplementary codes for more information.

Question(s) from the Census form

Has the person been told by a doctor or nurse that they have any of these long-term health conditions?

Has the person been told by a doctor or nurse that they have any of these long-term health conditions?

Has Person 1 been told by a doctor or nurse that they have any of these long-term health conditions?

Include health conditions that have lasted or are expected to last for six months or more.

Include health conditions that:
• may recur from time to time, or
• are controlled by medication, or
• are in remission.

Select all that apply.

Person's long-term health conditions

Arthritis

Asthma

Cancer (including remission)

Dementia (including Alzheimer's)

Diabetes (excluding gestational diabetes)

Heart disease (including heart attack or angina)

Kidney disease

Lung condition (including COPD or emphysema)

Mental health condition (including depression or anxiety)

Stroke

Any other long-term health condition(s)

No long-term health condition

How this variable is created

This variable is derived from responses to the long-term health conditions question. It counts the number of people who marked ‘Dementia (including Alzheimer’s)’ on the form.

History and changes

This is a new variable for 2021.

Data use considerations

Long-term health conditions data from Census is not intended to provide prevalence estimates. Prevalence estimates of chronic health conditions should be sourced from the National Health Survey (NHS) or National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Surveys (NATSIHS).

This variable does not have a non-response rate as it is created during Census processing by using responses from one or more questions on the Census form. For the item non-response rate for the Health question, see CLTHP.

Related variables and glossary terms

  • Type of long-term health condition (LTHP)

Whether has diabetes (excluding gestational diabetes) (HDIAP)

Definition

This variable describes whether a person has been told by a doctor or nurse that they have diabetes (excluding gestational diabetes). This variable does not indicate whether a person has multiple long-term health conditions.

Scope

All persons

Categories

CodeCategory
051Has diabetes (excluding gestational diabetes)
052Does not have diabetes (excluding gestational diabetes)
&&&Not stated
VVVOverseas visitor

Number of categories: 4

See Understanding supplementary codes for more information.

Question(s) from the Census form

Has the person been told by a doctor or nurse that they have any of these long-term health conditions?

Has the person been told by a doctor or nurse that they have any of these long-term health conditions?

Has Person 1 been told by a doctor or nurse that they have any of these long-term health conditions?

Include health conditions that have lasted or are expected to last for six months or more.

Include health conditions that:
• may recur from time to time, or
• are controlled by medication, or
• are in remission.

Select all that apply.

Person's long-term health conditions

Arthritis

Asthma

Cancer (including remission)

Dementia (including Alzheimer's)

Diabetes (excluding gestational diabetes)

Heart disease (including heart attack or angina)

Kidney disease

Lung condition (including COPD or emphysema)

Mental health condition (including depression or anxiety)

Stroke

Any other long-term health condition(s)

No long-term health condition

How this variable is created

This variable is derived from responses to the long-term health conditions question. It counts the number of people who marked ‘Diabetes (excluding gestational diabetes)’ on the form.

History and changes

This is a new variable for 2021.

Data use considerations

The Census Health question does not distinguish between type 1 and type 2 diabetes. Therefore, this variable will include respondents reporting both forms of diabetes.

Long-term health conditions data from Census is not intended to provide prevalence estimates. Prevalence estimates of chronic health conditions should be sourced from the National Health Survey (NHS) or National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Surveys (NATSIHS).

This variable does not have a non-response rate as it is created during Census processing by using responses from one or more questions on the Census form. For the item non-response rate for the Health question, see CLTHP.

Related variables and glossary terms

  • Type of long-term health condition (LTHP)
  • Whether has arthritis and diabetes (COARDBP)
  • Whether has diabetes and heart disease (CODBHDP)
  • Whether has diabetes and kidney disease (CODBKDP)

Whether has heart disease (including heart attack or angina) (HHEDP)

Definition

This variable describes whether a person has been told by a doctor or nurse that they have heart disease (including heart attack or angina). This variable does not indicate whether a person has multiple long-term health conditions.

Scope

All persons

Categories

CodeCategory
061Has heart disease (including heart attack or angina)
062Does not have heart disease (including heart attack or angina)
&&&Not stated
VVVOverseas visitor

Number of categories: 4

See Understanding supplementary codes for more information.

Question(s) from the Census form

Has the person been told by a doctor or nurse that they have any of these long-term health conditions?

Has the person been told by a doctor or nurse that they have any of these long-term health conditions?

Has Person 1 been told by a doctor or nurse that they have any of these long-term health conditions?

Include health conditions that have lasted or are expected to last for six months or more.

Include health conditions that:
• may recur from time to time, or
• are controlled by medication, or
• are in remission.

Select all that apply.

Person's long-term health conditions

Arthritis

Asthma

Cancer (including remission)

Dementia (including Alzheimer's)

Diabetes (excluding gestational diabetes)

Heart disease (including heart attack or angina)

Kidney disease

Lung condition (including COPD or emphysema)

Mental health condition (including depression or anxiety)

Stroke

Any other long-term health condition(s)

No long-term health condition

How this variable is created

This variable is derived from responses to the long-term health conditions question. It counts the number of people who marked ‘Heart disease (including heart attack or angina)’ on the Census form.

History and changes

This is a new variable for 2021.

Data use considerations

Long-term health conditions data from Census is not intended to provide prevalence estimates. Prevalence estimates of chronic health conditions should be sourced from the National Health Survey (NHS) or National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Surveys (NATSIHS).

This variable does not have a non-response rate as it is created during Census processing by using responses from one or more questions on the Census form. For the item non-response rate for the Health question, see CLTHP.

Related variables and glossary terms

  • Type of long-term health condition (LTHP)
  • Whether has arthritis and heart disease (COARHDP)
  • Whether has asthma and heart disease (COASHDP)
  • Whether has cancer and heart disease (COCNHDP)
  • Whether has diabetes and heart disease (CODBHDP)

Whether has kidney disease (HKIDP)

Definition

This variable describes whether a person has been told by a doctor or nurse that they have kidney disease. This variable does not indicate whether a person has multiple long-term health conditions.

Scope

All persons

Categories

CodeCategory
071Has kidney disease
072Does not have kidney disease
&&&Not stated
VVVOverseas visitor

Number of categories: 4

See Understanding supplementary codes for more information.

Question(s) from the Census form

Has the person been told by a doctor or nurse that they have any of these long-term health conditions?

Has the person been told by a doctor or nurse that they have any of these long-term health conditions?

Has Person 1 been told by a doctor or nurse that they have any of these long-term health conditions?

Include health conditions that have lasted or are expected to last for six months or more.

Include health conditions that:
• may recur from time to time, or
• are controlled by medication, or
• are in remission.

Select all that apply.

Person's long-term health conditions

Arthritis

Asthma

Cancer (including remission)

Dementia (including Alzheimer's)

Diabetes (excluding gestational diabetes)

Heart disease (including heart attack or angina)

Kidney disease

Lung condition (including COPD or emphysema)

Mental health condition (including depression or anxiety)

Stroke

Any other long-term health condition(s)

No long-term health condition

How this variable is created

This variable is derived from responses to the long-term health conditions question. It counts the number of people who marked ‘Kidney disease’ on the Census form.

History and changes

This is a new variable for 2021.

Data use considerations

Long-term health conditions data from Census is not intended to provide prevalence estimates. Prevalence estimates of chronic health conditions should be sourced from the National Health Survey (NHS) or National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Surveys (NATSIHS).

This variable does not have a non-response rate as it is created during Census processing by using responses from one or more questions on the Census form. For the item non-response rate for the Health question, see CLTHP.

Related variables and glossary terms

  • Type of long-term health condition (LTHP)
  • Whether has diabetes and kidney disease (CODBKDP)
  • Whether has heart disease and kidney disease (COHDKDP)

Whether has one or more long-term health condition(s) (HLTHP)

Definition

This variable identifies the population who has at least one long-term health condition (including any other long-term health conditions) and the population who reported they did not have a long-term health condition.

Scope

All persons

Categories

CodeCategory
121Does not have a long-term health condition
122Has one or more long-term health condition(s)
&&&Not stated
VVVOverseas visitor

Number of categories: 4

See Understanding supplementary codes for more information.

Question(s) from the Census form

Has the person been told by a doctor or nurse that they have any of these long-term health conditions?

Has the person been told by a doctor or nurse that they have any of these long-term health conditions?

Has Person 1 been told by a doctor or nurse that they have any of these long-term health conditions?

Include health conditions that have lasted or are expected to last for six months or more.

Include health conditions that:
• may recur from time to time, or
• are controlled by medication, or
• are in remission.

Select all that apply.

Person's long-term health conditions

Arthritis

Asthma

Cancer (including remission)

Dementia (including Alzheimer's)

Diabetes (excluding gestational diabetes)

Heart disease (including heart attack or angina)

Kidney disease

Lung condition (including COPD or emphysema)

Mental health condition (including depression or anxiety)

Stroke

Any other long-term health condition(s)

No long-term health condition

How this variable is created

This variable is derived from responses to the long-term health conditions question. It counts the number of people who marked that they have one or more long-term health conditions (including ‘Any other long-term health condition(s)’). It also counts the number of people who marked ‘No long-term health condition’.

For a count of the number of selected long-term health conditions a person has, refer to Count of selected long-term health conditions (CLTHP).

History and changes

This is a new question for the 2021 Census.

Data use considerations

There are no data use considerations for this variable.

This variable does not have a non-response rate as it is created during Census processing by using responses from one or more questions on the Census form. For the item non-response rate for the Health question, see CLTHP.

Related variables and glossary terms

Whether has lung condition (including COPD and emphysema) (HLUNP)

Definition

This variable describes whether a person has been told by a doctor or nurse that they have a lung condition (including Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disorder (COPD) or emphysema). This variable does not indicate whether a person has multiple long-term health conditions.

Scope

All persons

Categories

CodeCategory
081Has a lung condition (including COPD or emphysema)
082Does not have a lung condition (including COPD or emphysema)
&&&Not stated
VVVOverseas visitor

Number of categories: 4

See Understanding supplementary codes for more information.

Question(s) from the Census form

Has the person been told by a doctor or nurse that they have any of these long-term health conditions?

Has the person been told by a doctor or nurse that they have any of these long-term health conditions?

Has Person 1 been told by a doctor or nurse that they have any of these long-term health conditions?

Include health conditions that have lasted or are expected to last for six months or more.

Include health conditions that:
• may recur from time to time, or
• are controlled by medication, or
• are in remission.

Select all that apply.

Person's long-term health conditions

Arthritis

Asthma

Cancer (including remission)

Dementia (including Alzheimer's)

Diabetes (excluding gestational diabetes)

Heart disease (including heart attack or angina)

Kidney disease

Lung condition (including COPD or emphysema)

Mental health condition (including depression or anxiety)

Stroke

Any other long-term health condition(s)

No long-term health condition

How this variable is created

This variable is derived from responses to the long-term health conditions question. It counts the number of people who marked ‘Lung condition (including COPD or emphysema)’ on the form.

History and changes

This is a new variable for 2021.

Data use considerations

Long-term health conditions data from Census is not intended to provide prevalence estimates. Prevalence estimates of chronic health conditions should be sourced from the National Health Survey (NHS) or National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Surveys (NATSIHS).

This variable does not have a non-response rate as it is created during Census processing by using responses from one or more questions on the Census form. For the item non-response rate for the Health question, see CLTHP.

Related variables and glossary terms

  • Type of long-term health condition (LTHP)
  • Whether has asthma and lung condition (COASLCP)
  • Whether has lung condition and mental health condition (COLCMHP)

Whether has mental health condition (including depression or anxiety) (HMHCP)

Definition

This variable describes whether a person has been told by a doctor or nurse that they have a mental health condition (including depression or anxiety). This variable does not indicate whether a person has multiple long-term health conditions.

Scope

All persons

Categories

CodeCategory
091Has a mental health condition (including depression or anxiety)
092Does not have a mental health condition (including depression or anxiety)
&&&Not stated
VVVOverseas visitor

Number of categories: 4

See Understanding supplementary codes for more information.

Question(s) from the Census form

Has the person been told by a doctor or nurse that they have any of these long-term health conditions?

Has the person been told by a doctor or nurse that they have any of these long-term health conditions?

Has Person 1 been told by a doctor or nurse that they have any of these long-term health conditions?

Include health conditions that have lasted or are expected to last for six months or more.

Include health conditions that:
• may recur from time to time, or
• are controlled by medication, or
• are in remission.

Select all that apply.

Person's long-term health conditions

Arthritis

Asthma

Cancer (including remission)

Dementia (including Alzheimer's)

Diabetes (excluding gestational diabetes)

Heart disease (including heart attack or angina)

Kidney disease

Lung condition (including COPD or emphysema)

Mental health condition (including depression or anxiety)

Stroke

Any other long-term health condition(s)

No long-term health condition

How this variable is created

This variable is derived from responses to the long-term health conditions question. It counts the number of people who marked ‘Mental health condition (including depression or anxiety)’ on the form.

History and changes

This is a new variable for 2021.

Data use considerations

Long-term health conditions data from Census is not intended to provide prevalence estimates. Prevalence estimates of chronic health conditions should be sourced from the National Health Survey (NHS) or National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Surveys (NATSIHS).

This variable does not have a non-response rate as it is created during Census processing by using responses from one or more questions on the Census form. For the item non-response rate for the Health question, see CLTHP.

Related variables and glossary terms

  • Type of long-term health condition (LTHP)
  • Whether has heart disease and mental health condition (COHDMHP)
  • Whether has lung condition and mental health condition (COLCMHP)

Whether has other long-term health condition(s) (HOLHP)

Definition

This variable describes whether a person has been told by a doctor or nurse that they have a long-term health condition that is not:

  • arthritis
  • asthma
  • cancer (including remission)
  • dementia (including Alzheimer’s)
  • diabetes (excluding gestational diabetes)
  • heart disease (including heart attack or angina)
  • kidney disease 
  • lung conditions (including COPD or emphysema)
  • mental health conditions (including depression or anxiety)
  • stroke

This variable does not indicate whether a person has multiple long-term health conditions.

Scope

All persons 

Categories

CodeCategory
111Has one or more other long-term health conditions
112Does not have any other long-term health conditions
&&&Not stated
VVVOverseas visitor

Number of categories: 4

See Understanding supplementary codes for more information.

Question(s) from the Census form

Has the person been told by a doctor or nurse that they have any of these long-term health conditions?

Has the person been told by a doctor or nurse that they have any of these long-term health conditions?

Has Person 1 been told by a doctor or nurse that they have any of these long-term health conditions?

Include health conditions that have lasted or are expected to last for six months or more.

Include health conditions that:
• may recur from time to time, or
• are controlled by medication, or
• are in remission.

Select all that apply.

Person's long-term health conditions

Arthritis

Asthma

Cancer (including remission)

Dementia (including Alzheimer's)

Diabetes (excluding gestational diabetes)

Heart disease (including heart attack or angina)

Kidney disease

Lung condition (including COPD or emphysema)

Mental health condition (including depression or anxiety)

Stroke

Any other long-term health condition(s)

No long-term health condition

How this variable is created

This variable is derived from responses to the long-term health conditions question. It counts the number of people who marked ‘Any other long-term health condition(s)’.

History and changes

This is a new variable for 2021.

Data use consideration

There are no data use considerations for this variable.

This variable does not have a non-response rate as it is created during Census processing by using responses from one or more questions on the Census form. For the item non-response rate for the Health question, see CLTHP.

Related variables and glossary terms

  • Type of long-term health condition (LTHP)

Whether has had a stroke (HSTRP)

Definition

This variable describes whether a person has been told by a doctor or nurse that they have had a stroke. This variable does not indicate whether a person has multiple long-term health conditions.

Scope

All persons

Categories

CodeCategory
101Has had a stroke
102Has not had a stroke
&&&Not stated
VVVOverseas visitor

Number of categories: 4

See Understanding supplementary codes for more information.

Question(s) from the Census form

Has the person been told by a doctor or nurse that they have any of these long-term health conditions?

Has the person been told by a doctor or nurse that they have any of these long-term health conditions?

Has Person 1 been told by a doctor or nurse that they have any of these long-term health conditions?

Include health conditions that have lasted or are expected to last for six months or more.

Include health conditions that:
• may recur from time to time, or
• are controlled by medication, or
• are in remission.

Select all that apply.

Person's long-term health conditions

Arthritis

Asthma

Cancer (including remission)

Dementia (including Alzheimer's)

Diabetes (excluding gestational diabetes)

Heart disease (including heart attack or angina)

Kidney disease

Lung condition (including COPD or emphysema)

Mental health condition (including depression or anxiety)

Stroke

Any other long-term health condition(s)

No long-term health condition

How this variable is created

This variable is derived from responses to the long-term health conditions question. It counts the number of people who marked ‘Stroke’ on the form.

History and changes

This is a new variable for 2021.

Data use considerations

Long-term health conditions data from the Census is not intended to provide prevalence estimates. Prevalence estimates of chronic health conditions should be sourced from the National Health Survey (NHS) or National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Surveys (NATSIHS).

This variable does not have a non-response rate as it is created during Census processing by using responses from one or more questions on the Census form. For the item non-response rate for the Health question, see CLTHP.

Related variables and glossary terms

  • Long term health condition (LTHP)

Type of long-term health condition (LTHP)

Definition

This variable records the type of selected long-term health condition(s) a person has reported. Respondents can record multiple long-term health conditions including:

  • arthritis
  • asthma
  • cancer (including remission)
  • dementia (including Alzheimer’s)
  • diabetes (excluding gestational diabetes)
  • heart disease (including heart attack or angina)
  • kidney disease
  • lung condition (including COPD or emphysema)
  • mental health condition (including depression or anxiety)
  • stroke
  • any other long-term health condition(s)

Scope

All persons

Categories

CodeCategory
011Arthritis
021Asthma
031Cancer (including remission)
041Dementia (including Alzheimer’s)
051Diabetes (excluding gestational diabetes)
061Heart disease (including heart attack or angina)
071Kidney disease
081Lung condition (including COPD or emphysema)
091Mental health condition (including depression or anxiety)
101Stroke
111Any other long-term health condition(s)
121No long-term health condition(s)
&&&Not stated
VVVOverseas visitor

Number of categories: 14

See Understanding supplementary codes for more information.

Question(s) from the Census form

Has the person been told by a doctor or nurse that they have any of these long-term health conditions?

Has the person been told by a doctor or nurse that they have any of these long-term health conditions?

Has Person 1 been told by a doctor or nurse that they have any of these long-term health conditions?

Include health conditions that have lasted or are expected to last for six months or more.

Include health conditions that:
• may recur from time to time, or
• are controlled by medication, or
• are in remission.

Select all that apply.

Person's long-term health conditions

Arthritis

Asthma

Cancer (including remission)

Dementia (including Alzheimer's)

Diabetes (excluding gestational diabetes)

Heart disease (including heart attack or angina)

Kidney disease

Lung condition (including COPD or emphysema)

Mental health condition (including depression or anxiety)

Stroke

Any other long-term health condition(s)

No long-term health condition

How this variable is created

Data for this variable is derived from the long-term health conditions question. If the respondent marks ‘No long-term health condition’ and also marks other fields, the ‘No long-term health condition’ response is ignored. 

As respondents can select multiple conditions, the count of components for this variable will not equal the total number of people.

History and changes

This is a new variable for 2021.

Data use considerations

The rationale for including the long-term health conditions topic in the 2021 Census was to: 

  • allow for cross-classification with other Census topics 
  • enable output for sub-populations (e.g. culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) or Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander populations) 
  • enable data outputs at finer geographies than what can be achieved through existing health collections.

Long-term health condition information collected in the 2021 Census will not have the same level of detail as the larger health collections such as the National Health Survey (NHS) and National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Surveys (NATSIHS). Long-term health conditions data from Census is not intended to provide prevalence estimates. Prevalence estimates of chronic health conditions should be sourced from the NHS or NATSIHS.

As Type of long-term health condition allows for multiple responses, proportions of people with a particular condition should be derived using the total population in the denominator for the relevant aggregation, and not the sum of all conditions.

This variable does not have a non-response rate as it is created during Census processing by using responses from one or more questions on the Census form. For the item non-response rate for the health question, see CLTHP.

Related variables and glossary terms