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Count of dependent children under 15 in family (CDCUF)

Census of Population and Housing: Census dictionary
Reference period
2021

Definition

This variable counts the number of dependent children aged under 15 years in a family. It includes up to three dependent children aged under 15 years who were temporarily absent from the household on Census night.

Scope

Families which include dependent children aged under 15 years in household

Categories

CodeCategory
Couple family with:
00No dependent children under 15 years
01One dependent child under 15 years
02Two dependent children under 15 years
03Three dependent children under 15 years
04Four dependent children under 15 years
05Five dependent children under 15 years
06Six or more dependent children under 15 years
One parent family with:
07No dependent children under 15 years
08One dependent child under 15 years
09Two dependent children under 15 years
10Three dependent children under 15 years
11Four dependent children under 15 years
12Five dependent children under 15 years
13Six or more dependent children under 15 years
@@Not applicable

Number of categories: 15

Not applicable (@@) category comprises:

  • Couple family with no children
  • Other families
  • Non-family/Non-classifiable households
  • Unoccupied private dwellings
  • Non-private dwellings
  • Migratory, off-shore and shipping SA1s

Question(s) from the Census form

What is Person 2's relationship to Person 1?

    What is Person 2's relationship to Person 1?
    What is Person 2's relationship to Person 1?

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

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    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)

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

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      What is Person 2's relationship to Person 1?

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

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

      For each person away, complete the following questions:

      The Census asks a number of questions for usual residents who were temporarily absent on Census night, these are known as persons temporarily absent (PTA) questions. The PTA questions below are used to derive this variable.

        List the people who were away on the night of Tuesday 10 August 2021 but usually live in this dwelling.
        List the people who were away on the night of Tuesday 10 August 2021 but usually live in this dwelling.

        Remember that people listed here will need to complete a Census form for where they were in Australia on Census night.

        People away

        List Person Away 1 - Any person who usually lives in this dwelling, but was away.

        Add another person away

          Example

          Example response to the question: List the people who were away on the night of Tuesday 10 August 2021 but usually live in this dwelling. Person 4 added to the list.

          Example

          List the people who were away on the night of Tuesday 10 August 2021 but usually live in this dwelling.

          Remember that people listed here will need to complete a Census form for where they were in Australia on Census night.

          People away

          Person 4 Surname - Any person who usually lives in this dwelling, but was away.

          Add another person away
            What is Person 4's date of birth?
            What is Person 4's date of birth?

            If date of birth is not known, please give age.

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            Date of birth

            Day Month Year

            OR

            Age

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              Additional information relating to the question: What is Person 4's date of birth?

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              What is Person 4's date of birth?

              If date of birth is not known, please give age.

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              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.
                Is Person 4 a full-time student?
                Is Person 4 a full-time student?

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                No

                Yes

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                  Additional information relating to the question: Is Person 4 a full-time student?

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                  Is Person 4 a full-time student?

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                  Select 'Yes' if the institution considers the person to be a full-time student. Select 'No' if the institution considers the person to be a part-time student.

                  For a person who attends only hobby or recreational courses, select 'No'.

                  For a child who attends a preschool or preschool program (including early childhood education and centre based day care providers):
                  • Select 'Yes' if they attend at least 15 hours a week on average.
                  • Select 'No' if they attend less than 15 hours a week on average.
                    What is Person 4's relationship to Person 1/Person 2?
                    What is Person 4's relationship to Person 1/Person 2?

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

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                    Husband or wife of Person 1

                    De facto partner of Person 1

                    Child of both Person 1 and Person 2

                    Child of Person 1 only

                    Child of Person 2 only

                    Unrelated flatmate or co-tenant of Person 1

                    Other relationship to Person 1 (please specify)

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                      Additional information relating to the question: What is Person 4's relationship to Person 1/Person 2?

                      More information

                      What is Person 4's relationship to Person 1/Person 2?

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

                      More information

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

                      How this variable is created

                      This variable is derived from responses to the Relationship in household question and persons temporarily absent (PTA) questions on the Census form. It counts the number of dependent children in couple families and one parent families using the following variables:

                      • Family composition (FMCF)
                      • Relationship in household (RLHP)
                      • Count of dependent children under 15 years in family temporarily absent (CDCAF)

                      History and Changes

                      This variable is new for 2021.

                      Data use considerations

                      Care should be taken when comparing this variable to other family data from within the ABS or external organisations or agencies. The definition of a family can differ between different statistical collections and may not match Census definitions.

                      Related variables and glossary terms

                      • Count of dependent children under 15 in family temporarily absent (CDCAF)   
                      • Relationship in household (RLHP)
                      • Child

                      Other ABS sources