Family household composition (dwelling) (HCFMD)
This variable counts the types of families within family households at the dwelling level. In multiple family households, only the family composition of the primary family is recorded.
Occupied private dwellings
|1||One family household|
|11||One family household: Couple family with no children|
|12||One family household: Couple family with children|
|13||One family household: One parent family|
|14||One family household: Other family|
|2||Multiple family household|
|21||Two family household: Couple family with no children|
|22||Two family household: Couple family with children|
|23||Two family household: One parent family|
|24||Two family household: Other family|
|25||Three or more family household: Couple family with no children|
|26||Three or more family household: Couple family with children|
|27||Three or more family household: One parent family|
|28||Three or more family household: Other family|
|31||Lone person household|
|33||Visitors only household|
|34||Other non-classifiable household|
Number of categories:
- One digit level: 3
- Two digit level: 17
Not applicable (@@) category comprises:
- 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.
How this variable is created
This variable uses information collected from the Relationship in household and the Persons temporarily absent questions on the Census form.
Family and Household structures are identified during Census data processing and are created around a family or household reference person. This variable is derived from the Family composition (FMCF) and Household composition (HHCD) variables.
History and changes
This variable was first introduced in 2011.
No changes have been made for 2021.
Data use considerations
Across the community, a wide variety of living arrangements exist with complex family structures. The quality of family data in the Census is partly dependent on people’s ability to describe these relationships within the constraints of the generalised questionnaire format required by a Census. Reporting relationships in respect of 'Person 1' only, can make it difficult to establish all the relationships which exist in a household, or to identify whether more than one family is living in the dwelling.
A maximum of three families can be coded to a household. Lone person households can contain visitors. Visitor only households can contain overseas visitors.
The 'Other not classifiable' category consists mainly of occupied dwellings where a form was not received. It also includes households:
- Which the ABS Field Officer determined were occupied on Census Night but where the ABS Field Officer could not make contact
- That contained only persons aged under 15 years
- Which could not be classified elsewhere in this classification because there was insufficient information on the Census 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.
This variable does not have a non-response rate as it is created during Census processing by using responses from more than one question on the Census form.