Housing suitability (HOSD)
This variable is a measure of housing utilisation based on a comparison of the number of bedrooms in a dwelling with a series of household demographics, such as:
- the number of usual residents
- their relationship to each other
The criteria are based on the Canadian National Occupancy Standard. It can be used to identify if a dwelling is either under or over utilised.
Occupied private dwellings
|01||Four or more extra bedrooms needed|
|02||Three extra bedrooms needed|
|03||Two extra bedrooms needed|
|04||One extra bedroom needed|
|05||No bedrooms needed or spare|
|06||One bedroom spare|
|07||Two bedrooms spare|
|08||Three bedrooms spare|
|09||Four or more bedrooms spare|
|10||Unable to determine|
Number of categories: 12
Not applicable (@@) category comprises:
- Unoccupied private dwellings
- Non-private dwellings
- Migratory, off-shore and shipping SA1s
- Visitor only and Non-classifiable households
Question(s) from the Census form
Is the person: Male, Female, Non-binary sex
What is the person’s date of birth and age?
What is the person’s relationship to Person 1/Person 2?
How many bedrooms are there in this dwelling?
How this variable is created
This variable is derived from responses to housing and household demographic questions from the Census form. The criteria used to derive the variable are based on the Canadian National Occupancy Standard for housing appropriateness and are sensitive to both household size and composition. The measure assesses the bedroom requirements of a household by specifying that:
- there should be no more than two people per bedroom
- children less than five years of age of different sexes may reasonably share a bedroom
- children less than 18 years of age and of the same sex may reasonably share a bedroom
- single household members 18 years and over and parents or couples should have a separate bedroom
- a lone person household may reasonably occupy a bedsitter or studio.
The Housing suitability variable compares the number of bedrooms required with the actual number of bedrooms in the dwelling. It can be used to analyse the under or over utilisation of dwellings and the dwelling's suitability for the resident household.
History and changes
The data has been available through customised data requests prior to the 2016 Census. In 2016, this variable was first reported.
No changes have been made for 2021.
Data use considerations
There is no single standard measure for Housing suitability. However, the Canadian National Occupancy Standard is widely used in Australia and internationally.
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.