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Residential status in a non-private dwelling (RLNP)

Census of Population and Housing: Census dictionary
Reference period
2021

Definition

This variable describes the residential status of each person in a non-private dwelling. It records whether people enumerated in non-private dwellings (such as motels, hospitals and colleges) are staying there as:

  • members of staff of the accommodation (e.g. owner, proprietor, porter, cook, teacher, warden, family of owner or family of staff)
  • residents
  • guests
  • patients
  • inmates.

Housing and family relationship information is not available for people in non-private dwellings because they are counted using Personal forms.

Scope

All persons in a non-private dwelling on Census night

Categories

CodeCategory

1

Owner, proprietor, staff and family

2

Guest, patient, inmate, other resident

&

Not stated

@

Not applicable

V

Overseas visitor

Number of categories:  5

Not applicable (@) category comprises:

  • Persons in occupied private dwellings
  • Persons in migratory, off-shore or shipping SA1s

Question(s) from the Census form

What is the person’s residential status in this dwelling?

    What is the person’s residential status in this dwelling?
    What is Person 1's residential status in this dwelling?

    For a person staying in accommodation such as a hotel, hostel, boarding house, hospital, nursing home, or staff or student quarters on the night of Tuesday 10 August 2021, select one of the following:

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    Guest

    Patient

    Inmate

    Resident

    Owner, proprietor or manager

    Staff (e.g. porter, cook, teacher, warden)

    Family of owner, proprietor, manager or staff

    Other

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      Additional information relating to the question: What is the person’s residential status in this dwelling?

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      What is Person 1's residential status in this dwelling?

      For a person staying in accommodation such as a hotel, hostel, boarding house, hospital, nursing home, or staff or student quarters on the night of Tuesday 10 August 2021, select one of the following:

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      This question is asked of people who spent Census night in a non-private dwelling (e.g. at hotels, hostels and nursing homes, religious and charitable institutions, boarding schools, defence establishments, hospitals and other communal dwellings).

      Where a non-private dwelling is for staff accommodation, only those people operating the staff accommodation should report as an owner, proprietor, staff or family. Those people who are not operating the accommodation (e.g. nurses, miners) should select 'Resident'.

      Please select the option that most closely applies to the person.

      How this variable is created

      This variable is collected through the Census Personal form. Data is captured from the Residential status in this dwelling question, and responses are captured in 8 separate mark box responses. These responses are then grouped into two output categories.

      History and changes

      A question on status in a non-private dwelling was first asked in the 1976 Census and has been asked for every Census since then.

      No changes have been made for 2021.

      Data use considerations

      Residential status in a non-private dwelling is only applicable to persons who were in a non-private dwelling on Census night and were enumerated on a Census Personal form.

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