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 non-dependent children in family temporarily absent (CNDAF)
This variable counts the number of non-dependent children reported as temporarily absent from the family on Census night. A maximum of three people can be reported and coded as temporarily absent from the dwelling.
A non-dependent child refers to a natural, adopted, step or foster child of a couple or lone parent usually resident in the household. They are aged 15 years and over and not a full-time student aged 15-24 years. They also have no identified partner or child of their own usually resident in the household.
Families which include non-dependent children
No non-dependent children temporarily absent
One non-dependent child temporarily absent
Two non-dependent children temporarily absent
Three non-dependent children 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 children under 15 years, dependent students and no non-dependent children
- One parent or couple families with 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 no 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 responses to the persons temporarily absent (PTA) questions on the Census form. Non-dependent children are classified if they are:
- children who are 15-24 years of age who are not full-time students
- children aged 25 years and over
History and changes
This variable was first introduced in 1996. It replaced a variable called Other offspring temporarily absent (COAF).
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.