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Household five year mobility indicator (MV5D)

Census of Population and Housing: Census dictionary
Reference period
2021

Definition

This derived variable indicates if all, some, or none of the usual residents of a household on 10 August 2021 have a different usual address compared to five years earlier (i.e. 10 August 2016).  Persons temporarily absent, visitors, and households containing only visitors, are excluded.

Scope

Family, group, lone person households

Categories

CodeCategory

1

All residents in the household aged five years and over had a different address five years ago

2

Some residents aged five years and over had a different address five years ago

3

No residents aged five years and over had a different address five years ago

&

At least one resident did not state an address five years ago

@

Not applicable

Number of categories: 5

Not applicable (@) category comprises:

  • Visitor only households
  • Other non-classifiable households
  • Unoccupied private dwellings
  • Non-private dwellings
  • Migratory, off-shore and shipping SA1

Question(s) from the Census form

Where does the person usually live?

    Where does the person usually live?
    Where does Person 1 usually live?

    For people who usually live in another country and who are visiting Australia for less than one year, select 'Other country'.

    For other people, 'usually live' means the address at which the person has lived, or intends to live, for a total of six months or more in 2021.

    For people who have no fixed or return address (for example, due to family conflict or eviction), select 'Elsewhere in Australia' and write 'None' in the 'Suburb/Locality' box.

    For boarders at boarding school, provide the address of the boarding school or college.

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    1 Smith Street Belconnen ACT 2617

    Elsewhere in Australia (please specify address)

    Other country

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      Additional information relating to the question on: Where does the person usually live?

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      Where does Person 1 usually live?

      For people who usually live in another country and who are visiting Australia for less than one year, select 'Other country'.

      For other people, 'usually live' means the address at which the person has lived, or intends to live, for a total of six months or more in 2021.

      For people who have no fixed or return address (for example, due to family conflict or eviction), select 'Elsewhere in Australia' and write 'None' in the 'Suburb/Locality' box.

      For boarders at boarding school, provide the address of the boarding school or college.

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      If the person is providing an address for 'Elsewhere in Australia' and they usually live in Norfolk Island or other external territories, such as Christmas Island, Cocos (Keeling) Islands and Jervis Bay, please select 'Other external territory' in the State/Territory box.

      Where did the person usually live one year ago (at 10 August 2020)?

        Where did the person usually live on year ago (at 10 August 2020)?
        Where did Person 1 usually live one year ago (at 10 August 2020)?

        For people who had no usual address on 10 August 2020, select 'Elsewhere in Australia' and provide the address at which they were then living.

        More information

        1 Smith Street Belconnen ACT 2617

        Elsewhere in Australia (please specify address)

        Other country

          Example

          Household five year mobility indicator example - elsewhere in Australia response selected

          Example

          Where did Person 1 usually live one year ago (at 10 August 2020)?

          For people who had no usual address on 10 August 2020, select 'Elsewhere in Australia' and provide the address at which they were then living.

          More information

          1 Smith Street Belconnen ACT 2617

          Elsewhere in Australia (please specify address) (selected response)

          Fill in the address details
          Apartment/Flat/Unit number (if any)
          Street number
          Street name
          Suburb/Locality
          State/Territory
          Postcode

          Other country

            More Information

            Additional information relating to the question on: Where did the person usually live on year ago (at 10 August 2020)?

            More Information

            Where did Person 1 usually live one year ago (at 10 August 2020)?

            For people who had no usual address on 10 August 2020, select 'Elsewhere in Australia' and provide the address at which they were then living.

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            If the complete address is not known, please provide as much of the address as possible.

            If the person is providing an address for 'Elsewhere in Australia' and they usually live in Norfolk Island or other external territories, such as Christmas Island, Cocos (Keeling) Islands and Jervis Bay, please select 'Other external territory' in the State/Territory box.

            Where did the person usually live five years ago (at 10 August 2016)?

              Where did the person usually live five years ago (at 10 August 2016)?
              Where did Person 1 usually live five years ago (at 10 August 2016)?

              For people who had no usual address on 10 August 2016, select 'Elsewhere in Australia' and provide the address at which they were then living.

              More information

              1 Smith Street Belconnen ACT 2617

              Elsewhere in Australia (please specify address)

              Other country

                Example

                Household five year mobility indicator example - elsewhere in Australia response selected

                Example

                Where did Person 1 usually live five years ago (at 10 August 2016)?

                For people who had no usual address on 10 August 2016, select 'Elsewhere in Australia' and provide the address at which they were then living.

                More information

                1 Smith Street Belconnen ACT 2617

                Elsewhere in Australia (please specify address) (selected response)

                Fill in the address details
                Apartment/Flat/Unit number (if any)
                Street number
                Street name
                Suburb/Locality
                State/Territory
                Postcode

                Other country

                  More information

                  Additional information relating to the question on: Where did the person usually live five years ago (at 10 August 2016)?

                  More information

                  Where did Person 1 usually live five years ago (at 10 August 2016)?

                  For people who had no usual address on 10 August 2016, select 'Elsewhere in Australia' and provide the address at which they were then living.

                  More information

                  If the complete address is not known, please provide as much of the address as possible.

                  If the person is providing an address for 'Elsewhere in Australia' and they usually live in Norfolk Island or other external territories, such as Christmas Island, Cocos (Keeling) Islands and Jervis Bay, please select 'Other external territory' in the State/Territory box.

                  How this variable is created

                  This variable is derived from questions asking for a person's place of usual residence on Census night, one year ago and five years ago. The dwelling can then be coded as having all, some, or no residents in the household having a different address five years ago.

                  Dwellings where at least one resident aged five years and over did not state their address five years ago are coded to ‘& At least one resident did not state an address five years ago’.

                  History and changes

                  A variable on household mobility was first used for the 1991 Census. A question relating to place of usual residence five years ago was first asked in the 1971 Census and has been asked at every Census since then.

                  For 2021, output category labels have been updated to make the categories easier to understand.

                  Data use considerations

                  From this data it is possible to identify the change of address of people and show the movement of households for five years prior to the Census date.

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