|Special purpose code||Definition|
Capital city nfd
Used to code place of usual residence one and five years ago. Used where a respondent has given incomplete address information on the Census form. But has given enough information to allow coding to a capital city. There is a category for each capital city:
Used to code place of usual residence one and five years ago. Used where a respondent has given incomplete address information on the Census form but has given enough information to allow coding to a state/territory. There is a category for each state/territory:
Used to code people who are in transit on long distance trains, buses, aircraft, and long-haul road transport vehicles on Census night.
Used to code people who are on oil rigs and drilling platforms etc. on Census night. Also used for expeditioners in the Australian Antarctic Territory.
Used to code people who are on board vessels in Australian waters, in or between Australian ports on Census night.
No usual address
Used to code people who have no fixed address, such as travellers who move across Australia.
Used to code a person’s place of usual residence one and five years ago, for children who had not been born one or five years ago.
Used to code a person’s place of usual residence one and five years ago, for people who lived overseas one and five years ago.
Place of usual residence one year ago (PUR1P)
This variable records the geographic area in which a person usually lived one year before the Census. The base area that is output is Statistical area level 2. These can be aggregated to form higher Australian Statistical Geography Standard (ASGS) areas:
- Statistical area level 3
- Statistical area level 4
- Significant urban area
- Greater capital city statistical areas
For details of these areas refer to the ASGS.
People aged one year and over
In addition to the ASGS geographic areas outlined above, the following categories are also included:
Capital city nfd
No usual address
Migratory, off-shore and shipping
Number of categories: Total number of categories will depend on the geographic level chosen
Not applicable (@@@@) category comprises:
- Persons aged under 1 year
Special purpose code definitions
Question(s) from the Census form
Where does the person usually live?
Where did the person usually live one year ago (at 10 August 2020)?
How this variable is created
PUR1P is coded to SA2 geography based on the response to the question, 'Where did the person usually live one year ago (at 10 August 2020)?'. If PUR1P cannot be coded to SA2 geography, it is assigned to a 'Capital city nfd' category, or a 'State/Territory nfd' category.
For people whose place of usual residence one year ago was the same as their place of usual residence on Census night, PUR1P is automatically derived from Place of usual residence (PURP). People who lived overseas one year ago are coded to ‘Overseas’. For people who lived elsewhere in Australia one year ago, the address details provided on the form are coded using automatic or clerical processes.
People who did not answer 'Where did the person usually live one year ago (at 10 August 2020)?' are coded to ‘Not stated’.
History and changes
The question 'Where did the person usually live one year ago?' was first asked in the 1976 Census and has been asked at every Census since.
In 2021, Geographic classifications have been changed to reflect the updated ASGS used for the 2021 Census. Supplementary code ‘Undefined state’ has been updated to ‘State/Territory nfd’ to better reflect the category.
Data use considerations
There are no data use considerations for this variable.