Glossary Item Attributes
Collection and usage attributes
The 'household family' has been traditionally viewed as a building block of society and it is the predominant unit reported statistically and historically. However, the 'household family', since it is tied to the idea of co-residence, forms only a snapshot in time and refers only to related people who live in the same household at a point in time. Related persons who leave the central household live in other households may still participate in the lives of other family members they do not live with in a variety of ways, including financial, material, physical, emotional, legal and spiritual. For instance, frail older people may receive help from their adult children even though they do not live in the same household.
The definition for this glossary item differs from the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) standard. This is necessary because the ABS standard is based on household collection, which is not suitable, in many community services' areas. The community service definition needs to be broader to incorporate families that exist outside of households.
Source and reference attributes
Australian Institute of Family Studies
McDonald, P. 1995. Families in Australia: A Socio-Demographic Perspective. Melbourne: Australian Institute of Family Studies.
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Has been superseded by Family
Is re-engineered from Family, version 2, DEC, NCSDD, NCSIMG, Superseded 01/03/2005.pdf (15.7 KB) No registration status
Is re-engineered from Family, version 1, DEC, NHADD, NHDAMG, Superseded 01/03/2005.pdf (13.9 KB) No registration status
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Person (name)—given name, text X[X(39)]
Person (requiring care)—carer availability status
Person (requiring care)—carer availability status, code N