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Census of Population and Housing: Census dictionary
Reference period
2021

Geography

The Census provides a range of data over different areas and geography levels. The Australian Statistical Geography Standard (ASGS) defines all the geographies used by the ABS for release of data. Each geography has its own name, boundaries, and purpose. 

For more information and definitions on the geographies used in the 2021 Census, see Understanding Census Geography.

Government benefits, pensions and allowances

Government benefits, pensions and allowances are income support payments from government to persons under the social security and related government programs. Included are pensions and allowances received by aged, disabled, unemployed and sick persons, carers, families and children, veterans or their survivors, and study allowances for students. All overseas pensions and benefits are considered income if they are being received when the person completed the Census. Family tax benefit is also regarded as income.

The calculation of total income includes any pensions or benefits received.

See also Total personal income (weekly) (INCP).

Group household

The ABS defines a group household as a household consisting of two or more unrelated people where all people are aged 15 years and over. There are no reported couple relationships, parent-child relationships or other blood relationships in these households.

An unrelated child (e.g. boarder) under the age of 15 who lives in a household with one or more usual residents, is coded as forming a parent-child relationship within that household. These households become family households, not group households.

Group households are classified in the variable Household composition (HHCD), and individual members are classified in Relationship in household (RLHP).

See also Child, Family, Household, Household composition (HHCD) and Relationship in household (RLHP).