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Census of Population and Housing: Census dictionary
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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).