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Person—marital status

Metadata item type:Help on this termData Element Concept
METeOR identifier:Help on this term269533
Registration status:Help on this termHousing assistance, Standard 10/02/2006
Health, Standard 01/03/2005
Tasmanian Health, Endorsed 01/09/2016
WA Health, Endorsed 19/03/2015
Independent Hospital Pricing Authority, Standardisation pending 23/11/2015
Disability, Standard 13/08/2015
Community Services (retired), Standard 01/03/2005
Commonwealth Department of Social Services, Standard 20/06/2018
ACT Health, Final 09/08/2018
Definition:Help on this term

A person's current relationship status in terms of a couple relationship or, for those not in a couple relationship, the existence of a current or previous registered marriage.

Context:Help on this term

Marital status is a core metadata item in a wide range of social, labour and demographic statistics. Its main purpose is analysis of the association of marital status with the need for and use of services, and for epidemiological analysis.

Marital status also acts as an indicator for the level of support adult recipients of the welfare system have at home. The item is also used in comparisons of administrative data and population censuses and surveys.

Object Class attributes

Identifying and definitional attributes

Object class:Person
Definition:Help on this term

A human being.

Collection and usage attributes

Comments:Help on this term

Prior to 13 March 2018, the definition of the ‘Person’ Object class was ‘A human being, whether man, woman or child’. From 13 March 2018, the definition was edited by removing the words ‘…whether man, woman or child’ so that a person is defined as ‘A human being’. This amendment was undertaken to align the definition of a person with the Australian Government Guidelines on the Recognition of Sex and Gender and the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) Standard for Sex and Gender Variables, which recognise that there are sex and gender types that are not exclusively male or female.

Source and reference attributes

Submitting organisation:Help on this term

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

Origin:Help on this term

Macquarie University 2003. The Macquarie Dictionary 3rd ed. Sydney: The Macquarie Library Pty. Ltd

Reference documents:Help on this term

Attorney-General's Department 2015. Australian Government Guidelines on the Recognition of Sex and Gender. Viewed 26 July 2016, https://www.ag.gov.au/Publications/Pages/
AustralianGovernmentGuidelines
ontheRecognitionofSexandGender.aspx

ABS (Australian Bureau of Statistics) 2016. Standard for Sex and Gender Variables, 2016. ABS Cat. no. 1200.0.55.012. Canberra: ABS. Viewed 26 July 2016, http://abs.gov.au/AUSSTATS/abs@.nsf/
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Property attributes

Identifying and definitional attributes

Property:Marital status
Definition:Help on this termAn indicator of involvement in a couple relationship or marriage.
Property group:Help on this termDemographic/social/cultural characteristics

Source and reference attributes

Submitting organisation:Help on this termAustralian Institute of Health and Welfare

Data element concept attributes

Relational attributes

Data Elements implementing this Data Element Concept:Help on this term

Person—adoptive parent marital status, code N Community Services (retired), Standard 20/05/2013

Person—marital status, code AAA WA Health, Endorsed 19/03/2015

Person—marital status, code N Health, Superseded 04/05/2005
Community Services (retired), Superseded 25/08/2005

Person—marital status, code N Housing assistance, Standard 10/02/2006
Health, Standard 04/05/2005
Independent Hospital Pricing Authority, Standardisation pending 23/11/2015
Disability, Standard 13/08/2015
Community Services (retired), Standard 25/08/2005
ACT Health, Final 09/08/2018

Person—marital status, housing assistance code N Housing assistance, Superseded 10/02/2006

Person—marital status, recipient code AAA Commonwealth Department of Social Services, Standard 20/06/2018

Person—marital status, Tasmanian code X{XX} Tasmanian Health, Endorsed 01/09/2016

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