Spouse/partner indicator (SPIP)
This variable records the usually resident husband/wife/partner or de facto partner in a couple family. It identifies the husband/wife/partner of each family reference person counted in the same family on Census night, or reported as temporarily absent on Census night.
Couple families present in the household on Census night
Family reference person
Number of categories: 4
Not applicable category comprises:
- Other families
- Non-family/non-classifiable households
- Group household member
- Lone person
- Other non-classifiable relationship
- Unoccupied private dwellings
- Non-private dwellings
- Migratory, off-shore and shipping SA1s
- Visitor (from within Australia)
- Overseas visitor
Question(s) from the Census form
What is the person’s relationship to Person 1/Person 2?
How this variable is created
This variable is derived from the the following variables:
Where a person is both the reference person in the family (RPIP category 1, 2 or 3) and is in a registered or de facto marriage they are coded to '1 Family reference person'.
Where a person is not the reference person in the family (RPIP category 5) and is in a registered or de facto marriage they are coded to '2 Spouse/partner'.
History and changes
This variable is new for 2021.
Data use considerations
A family is based off a ‘reference person’. This is usually Person 1 on the Census form. Where this isn’t Person 1, a more appropriate person on the form is chosen during coding. This is based on age, marital status, and relationship considerations. A reference person must be a usual resident of the dwelling aged 15 years and over, and present on Census night. For example, an adult is chosen rather than a child, or in the event of multiple family households, additional reference people are chosen.
This variable identifies the spouse or partner of each family reference person counted in the same family on Census night or reported as temporarily absent on Census night. The couple may be in a registered or de facto marriage.