Count of persons in family (CPRF)
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).
Families in family households
Two persons in family
Three persons in family
Four persons in family
Five persons in family
Six or more persons in family
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?
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.
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.