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.
Count of dependent children under 15 in family temporarily absent (CDCAF)
This variable counts the number of dependent children aged under 15 years that were reported as temporarily absent from the family.
Families which include children aged under 15 years
No dependent children under 15 years temporarily absent
One dependent child under 15 years temporarily absent
Two dependent children under 15 years temporarily absent
Three dependent children under 15 years temporarily absent
Number of categories: 5
Not applicable (@) category comprises:
- Couple families with no children under 15 years, no dependent students and no non-dependent children
- One parent or couple families with no children under 15 years, and with dependent students and non-dependent children
- One parent or couple families with no children under 15 years, and with dependent students and no non-dependent children
- One parent or couple families with no children under 15 years, no dependent students and with non-dependent 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
For each person away, complete the following questions:
How this variable is created
This variable is derived from the persons temporarily absent (PTA) questions on the Census form to count the number of children under 15 who were absent from the family on Census night. Dependent children under 15 are classified if they form a parent child relationship and are 0-14 years of age.
History and changes
This variable was first introduced in 1996. Prior to 2016, information on dependent children was available in a variable called Dependent offspring present (CDPF). This was a single count of dependent children Temporarily absent.
No changes have been made for 2021.
Data use considerations
Usual residents may not be included in the household’s Census form because they were away from the dwelling on Census night. In this case they should be included in the persons temporarily absent section of the form. This can occur in both family and group households. Due to form limitations, a maximum of three people can be reported and coded as temporarily absent from the dwelling. If more than three people are absent from the household, the additional people are unable to be included on the form.
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.