Australian Government: Australian Institute of Health and Welfare METeOR Home Page

Person—marital status, housing assistance code N

Identifying and definitional attributes

Metadata item type:Help on this termData Element
Short name:Help on this termMarital status
Synonymous names:Help on this termMarital status
METeOR identifier:Help on this term270357
Registration status:Help on this termHousing assistance, Superseded 10/02/2006
Data Element Concept:Person—marital status

Value domain attributes

Representational attributes

Representation class:Help on this termCode
Data type:Help on this termNumber
Format:Help on this termN
Maximum character length:Help on this term1
Permissible values:Help on this term
ValueMeaning
1Never married
2Widowed
3Divorced
4Separated
5Married (registered and defacto)
Supplementary values:Help on this term
9Not stated/inadequately described

Collection and usage attributes

Guide for use:Help on this term

Refers to the current marital status of a person. Therefore if a person has been divorced but has since re-married, then they should be recorded as 5. Married.

The category Married (registered and de facto) should be generally accepted as applicable to all de facto couples, including of the same sex.

Comments:Help on this term

ABS standards (see ABS: Directory of Concepts and Standards for Social, Labour and Demographic statistics) identify two concepts of marital status:

  • registered marital status - defined as whether a person has, or has had, a legally registered marriage;
  • social marital status - based on a person's living arrangements (including de-facto marriages), as reported by the person.

ABS recommends that the social marital status concept be collected when information on marital status is sought, whereas the registered marital status concept need only be collected where it is specifically required for the purposes of the collection and only in areas of consent if necessary. Most community services data collections ask clients to self-report their marital status. Hence, the operative concept is one of social marital status.

Source and reference attributes

Reference documents:Help on this termABS: Directory of Concepts and Standards for Social, Labour and Demographic statistics

Data element attributes

Collection and usage attributes

Collection methods:Help on this termAlthough marital status is an important factor in assessing the type and extent of support needs, such as for the elderly living at home, marital status alone does not adequately address the need for information about social support and living arrangements. Other metadata items need to be collected to capture this information.

Source and reference attributes

Submitting organisation:Help on this termNational Health Data Committee

Relational attributes

Related metadata references:Help on this term

Supersedes Marital status, version 1, DE, NHADD, NHDAMG, Superseded 01/03/2005.pdf (16.4 KB)

Has been superseded by 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

My items Help on this term
Download Help on this term