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Type of non-private dwelling (NPDD)

Census of Population and Housing: Census dictionary
Reference period
2021

Definition

This variable classifies the Type of non-private dwelling in which people were counted on Census night. Non-private dwellings (NPDs) are establishments which provide a communal and often transient type of accommodation.

'Other and non-classifiable' includes all other types of NPDs not listed, including ski lodges and youth or backpacker hostels.

Scope

Non-private dwellings

Categories

CodeCategory

01

Hotel, motel, bed and breakfast

02

Nurses’ quarters

03

Staff quarters

04

Boarding house, private hotel

05

Boarding school

06

Residential college, hall of residence

07

Public hospital (not psychiatric)

08

Private hospital (not psychiatric)

09

Psychiatric hospital or institution

10

Hostel for the disabled

11

Nursing home

12

Accommodation for the retired or aged (not self-contained)

13

Hostel for homeless, night shelter, refuge

14

Child care institution

15

Corrective institution for children

16

Other welfare institution

17

Prison, corrective institution for adults

18

Immigration detention centre

19

Convent, monastery, etc.

20

Other and non-classifiable

&&

Not stated

@@

Not applicable

Number of categories:  22

Not applicable (@@) category comprises:

  • Occupied and unoccupied 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

The types of Non-private dwelling is sourced from the ABS Address Register. For information on how the Address Register is maintained, refer to ABS Address Register, Users' Guide.

It is reviewed by Census enumeration management staff prior to Census night and verified by Census Field Officers after calls or visits to the establishments. Non-private dwellings can also be created or have their details modified throughout this time.

History and changes

Information on the types of Non-private dwellings that people are located in on Census night has been collected in every Census since 1911.

Since the 2006 Census, additional response options were introduced to identify immigration detention centres, youth or backpacker hostels and ski lodges.

Since 2016, NPD type is sourced from the ABS Address Register and is updated as needed from information collected by ABS field officers during enumeration.

The output categories for this classification were unchanged for 2021.

Data use considerations

Hotels (01) and private hotels (04) are categorised differently within Type of non-private dwelling (NPDD). This is mainly because of differences in length of residency, service provision, and how the hotel or private hotel classifies itself.

The category '12 - Accommodation for the retired or aged (not self-contained)' is accommodation where meals are provided.

Self-contained retirement villages where the residents live independently are not classified as Non-private dwellings. These are Occupied private dwellings and can be identified by the variable Dwelling location (DLOD).

Related variables and glossary terms

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