Dwelling location (DLOD)
This variable describes the location of dwellings. It classifies them into large communal locations, such as caravan parks and marinas. The majority of Private dwellings are in the ‘other’ category because they are not located within these types of communal locations.
The Dwelling structure for Private dwellings at these locations can be identified by using the variable Dwelling structure (STRD).
The term ‘residential park’ refers to caravan parks with predominantly long-term residents.
Caravan/residential park or camping ground
Manufactured home estate
Retirement village (self-contained)
Number of categories: 6
Not applicable (@) category comprises:
- Non-private dwellings
- Migratory, off-shore and shipping SA1s
Question(s) from the Census form
This variable is not collected from a question on the Census form.
How this variable is created
Information on Dwelling location is mainly sourced from the Address Register.
Dwelling location data was recorded by ABS Address Canvassing Officers in the lead up to the 2016 Census as a once-off part of establishing the Address Register as a mail-out frame for designated areas. Dwelling location was also verified or collected by ABS Field Officers during the 2016 and 2021 Census collection periods.
If the Dwelling location can not be determined it is set to 'Other'. Most Private dwellings fall into the 'Other' category for this data item.
History and changes
This variable was introduced for the 1996 Census to cater for changes in the scope of Private dwellings.
For the 2006 and 2011 Censuses, information regarding this variable was collected by ABS Field officers rather than being included on the Census form.
Dwelling location has been sourced from the ABS Address Register since 2016. It is verified during field and office processes.
From 2006, the description for category 1 changed from 'Caravan park' to 'Caravan/residential park or camping ground', and the description for category 4 changed from 'Accommodation for the retired or aged (self-care)' to 'Retirement village (self-contained)'.
Data use considerations
As this variable is mainly determined by the ABS Address Register, the risk of misclassifying is low.
In rare cases, an establishment may fit into more than one Dwelling location, such as a retirement village that contains manufactured homes, or a residential park that is made up of a mixture of caravans and manufactured homes. In these cases, all the Private dwellings at the establishment are set to the most appropriate category. This is not done on a dwelling by dwelling basis.