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Count of persons temporarily absent from family (CPAF)

Census of Population and Housing: Census dictionary
Reference period
2021

Definition

This variable counts the total number of people who were temporarily absent from a family on Census night. The count of persons temporarily absent includes husbands/wives/partners, de facto partners, and children (dependent children aged under 15 years, dependent students (15-24 years) and non-dependent children). A maximum of three people can be coded as temporarily absent in the dwelling.

Scope

Families in family households

Categories

CodeCategory

0

No persons temporarily absent from family

1

One person temporarily absent from family

2

Two persons temporarily absent from family

3

Three persons temporarily absent from family

@

Not applicable

Number of categories: 5

Not applicable (@) category comprises:

  • 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:

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 temporarily absent from 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 persons temporarily absent (PTA) questions on the Census form. Persons included in the main family structure are processed to create this variable. They include:

          • partner
          • child
          • grandchild aged under 15.

          Other family members not included in the main family structure are removed.

          History and changes

          This question was first introduced in 1996.

          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 dependent children under 15 in family temporarily absent (CDCAF)   
          • Count of dependent students (15 – 24 years) in family temporarily absent (CDSAF)
          • Count of non-dependent children in family temporarily absent (CNDAF) 
          • Count of persons in family (CPRF)
          • Family
          • Temporarily absent

          Other ABS sources