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Person—relationship to reference person (household) (community services), code N{.N[N]}

Identifying and definitional attributes

Metadata item type:Help on this termData Element
Short name:Help on this termRelationship in household
METeOR identifier:Help on this term270405
Registration status:Help on this termCommunity Services (retired), Superseded 29/04/2006
Definition:Help on this termThe familial and non-familial relationship of each person in a given household to the reference person in that same household, as represented by a code.
Data Element Concept:Person—relationship to household reference person

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Representational attributes

Representation class:Help on this termCode
Data type:Help on this termNumber
Format:Help on this termN{.N[N]}
Maximum character length:Help on this term3
Permissible values:Help on this term
0 Household reference person
1Husband, wife, or partner
1.1In a registered marriage
1.2In a de facto marriage
1.21Opposite-sex couple
1.22Same-sex couple
2 Lone parent
2.1Lone parent
3 Child under 15
3.0Child under 15 (not further defined)
3.1Natural or adopted child under 15
3.2Step-child under 15
3.3Foster child under 15
3.4Otherwise related child under 15
3.5Unrelated child under 15
4 Dependent student
4.0Dependent student (not further defined)
4.1Natural or adopted dependent student
4.2Student step-child
4.3Student foster child
5 Non-dependent child
5.0Non-dependent child (not further defined)
5.1Non-dependent natural or adopted child
5.2Non-dependent step-child
5.3Non-dependent foster child
6 Other related individual
6.0Other related individual (not further defined)
6.8Other related individual (not elsewhere classified)
7 Non-family member
7.1Unrelated individual living in a family household
7.2Group household member
7.3Lone person
9 Visitor
Supplementary values:Help on this term
8Not stated/inadequately described

Source and reference attributes

Origin:Help on this termAustralian Bureau of Statistics 1995. Standards for Statistics on the Family 1995. Cat. no. 1286.0. Canberra: ABS.

Data element attributes

Collection and usage attributes

Guide for use:Help on this term

This metadata item is measured using relationships in respect of a household reference person. Relationships in the household are determined by establishing the relationship between this household reference person and each other member of the household in turn.

The household reference person may be determined in a variety of ways. For example, it could be the person first listed on a form ('Person 1'), or the oldest person in the household, or the community services client. In measuring the types of relationships that exist between persons in a household, we must recognise that there may not be any familial relationship.

Thus, there must be a category for persons who are non-related. Adopted relationships are treated as natural relationships.

CODE 2     Lone parent:

should be used where a person has no spouse or partner present in the household but who forms a parent-child relationship with at least one dependent or non-dependent child who is usually resident in the household.

CODE 8     Not stated/inadequately described:

is not for use on primary collection forms. It is primarily for use in administrative collections when transferring data from data sets where the item has not been collected.

All the levels of the ABS classification have been adopted for this metadata item. Individual agencies may wish to classify 'Relationship in household' at the highest 1-digit level using the 2- or 3-digit level as a guide.

Collection methods:Help on this termCollecting these data is quite complex, due to inter-relationships that may exist in a household. Refer to ABS Standards for Statistics on the Family, ABS Catalogue No. 1286.0 for details of interviewer or self enumerated collection methods.
Comments:Help on this termFor the purposes of this metadata item the term child refers to the relationship to the reference person and not a person under 15 years of age.

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Has been superseded by Person—relationship to household reference person, code NN Community Services (retired), Superseded 27/04/2007

Supersedes Relationship in household, version 3, DE, NCSDD, NCSIMG, Superseded 01/03/2005.pdf (20.0 KB)

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