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Imputed distance to work (IFDTWP)

Census of Population and Housing: Census dictionary
Reference period
2021

Definition

This variable indicates whether a person's distance to work was calculated using a straight-line or road network distance. The straight-line distance was only used where there was a break in the underlying road network data, for example, a person travelled between an island and the Australian mainland.

Scope

Persons aged 15 years and over who stated their labour force status as ‘employed’

Categories

CodeCategory

1

Distance to work calculated with a straight-line distance

2

Distance to work calculated with a road network distance

@

Not applicable

Number of categories: 3

Not applicable (@) category comprises:

  • Persons who were unemployed, not in the labour force, or whose labour force status was not stated
  • Persons under 15 years of age
  • Overseas visitors

Persons who were coded to Special purpose codes

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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    Person's usual address

    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 you have written 'None' in the 'Suburb/Locality' box, make sure the other boxes are empty.

      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.

      For the main job held last week, what was the person’s workplace address?

        For the main job held last week, what was the person’s workplace address?
        For the main job held last week, what was Person 1's workplace address?

        For people who work from home for an employer, write the employer's workplace address.

        For people with no fixed place of work:
        • if the person usually travels to a depot to start work, provide the depot address
        • otherwise enter ‘None’ in the ‘Suburb/Locality’ box.
        This information is used to calculate daytime populations and to plan transport activities.

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        Street number Street name (examples: Graham Avenue, George Street)
        Suburb/Locality State/Territory Postcode
        Property/Building name (if any)

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          For the main job held last week, what was Person 1's workplace address?

          For people who work from home for an employer, write the employer's workplace address.

          For people with no fixed place of work:
          • if the person usually travels to a depot to start work, provide the depot address
          • otherwise enter ‘None’ in the ‘Suburb/Locality’ box.
          This information is used to calculate daytime populations and to plan transport activities.

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

          Include the name of the building or property where the person works, if known.

          For Norfolk Island and other external territories, such as Christmas Island, Cocos (Keeling) Islands and Jervis Bay, please select 'Other external territory' in the State/Territory box.

          For people currently working from home due to lockdown or other COVID-related reasons, write the employer's workplace address.

          How this variable is created

          The variable is created when the data for Distance to work (ranges) (DTWP) variable is processed. A code is assigned to the record depending on which method was used to derive distance to work. A straight-line distance is only used where the data is not available to calculate based on a road network.

          History and changes

          This variable was first introduced in 2016.

          No changes have been made in 2021.

          Data use considerations

          A number of regions across the country were in various stages of lockdown on Census day, and the week preceding it, resulting in a greater number of people working from their homes.  Not only may this impact their responses for their place of work, but also, their travel to work.  Guidance on how to correctly respond was provided at the time on the Census website, as follows:

          Answering questions about your workplace and job role

          If you are currently working from home due to COVID restrictions, but usually attend a workplace, please write the employer's usual workplace address.

          Answering questions about whether you had a job

          If you were employed in the 4 weeks prior to the current lockdown period, but haven't been able to work in the last week due to lockdown or requirement to self-isolate, please select 'Yes, but absent on holidays, on paid leave, on strike or temporarily stood down'.

          Answering questions about your workplace and job role

          If you were employed in the 4 weeks prior to the current lockdown period, but haven't been able to work in the last week due to COVID restrictions or requirement to self-isolate, please answer all questions reflecting your usual occupation. This includes your role (such as occupation and tasks performed) and  information about your employer (such as industry and number of employees). 

          Related variables and glossary terms

          • Place of usual residence (PURP)
          • Place of work (POWP)
          • Distance to work (ranges) (DTWP)

          Other ABS sources