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Count of persons in family (CPRF)

Census of Population and Housing: Census dictionary
Reference period
2021

Definition

This variable counts the number of people in a family.

It includes other related people such as: 

  • people outside of the primary couple relationship
  • people outside of a lone parent-child relationship
  • non blood relatives (e.g. in-laws).

Scope

Families in family households

Categories

CodeCategory

2

Two persons in family

3

Three persons in family

4

Four persons in family

5

Five persons in family

6

Six or more persons in family

@

Not applicable

Number of categories: 6

Not applicable (@) category comprises:

  • Unrelated persons living in family households
  • 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 the person’s relationship to Person 1/Person 2?

    What is the person’s relationship to Person 1/Person 2?
    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)

      More information

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

      More information

      What is Person 2's relationship to Person 1?

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

      More information

      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

          Count of persons in family example - Person 4 Surname

          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 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.

            More information

            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)

              More information

              Additional information relating to the question on: 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 the following variables:

              • Relationship in household (RLHP)
              • Count of persons temporarily absent family (CPAF)

              It includes up to three persons who were temporarily absent from the family on Census night.

              History and changes

              This variable was first introduced in 2011.

              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.

              Related variables and glossary terms

              • Count of persons temporarily absent from family (CPAF)
              • Relationship in household (RLHP)
              • Family

              Other ABS sources