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Household—family type, code N

Identifying and definitional attributes

Metadata item type:Help on this termData Element
Short name:Help on this termHousehold family type
METeOR identifier:Help on this term270477
Registration status:Help on this termCommunity Services (retired), Superseded 27/04/2007
Definition:Help on this termThe composition of the family within the household, as represented by a code.
Data Element Concept:Household family—family type

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
1Couple family with children
2Couple family without children
3One parent family
4Other family
Supplementary values:Help on this term
9Not stated/inadequately described

Collection and usage attributes

Guide for use:Help on this term

Children refers to children of any age, dependent and non-dependent.

The basis of a family is formed by identifying the presence of a couple relationship, lone parent-child relationship or other blood relationship. Some households will, therefore, contain more than one family.

The classification is based on the Australian Bureau of Statistics Standards for Statistics on Families (ABS Cat. No. 1286.0) which contains a 4-level hierarchical classification. Only level 1 of this classification has been adopted for this metadata item. If individual agencies need to classify family types at a lower level of detail than specified in this metadata item (for example, if they wish to split children into dependent and non-dependent children), they should ensure that the more detailed ABS classification is used.

CODE 9     Not stated/inadequately described

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

Data element attributes

Source and reference attributes

Steward:Help on this termAustralian Bureau of Statistics (ABS)
Origin:Help on this term

Australian Bureau of Statistics 1995. Standards for Statistics on the Family 1995. Cat. no. 1286.0. Canberra: ABS.

Relational attributes

Related metadata references:Help on this term

Supersedes Household family type, version 3, DE, NCSDD, NCSIMG, Superseded 01/03/2005.pdf (16.1 KB)

Has been superseded by Household—family composition, code N[NNN] Community Services (retired), Standard 27/04/2007

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