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Family composition code N[NNN]

Identifying and definitional attributes

Metadata item type:Help on this termValue Domain
METeOR identifier:Help on this term343216
Registration status:Help on this termCommunity Services (retired), Standard 27/04/2007
Definition:Help on this termA code set representing the composition of families within households.

Representational attributes

Classification scheme:Family, household and income unit variables (family composition) 2005
Representation class:Help on this termCode
Data type:Help on this termNumber
Format:Help on this termNNNN
Maximum character length:Help on this term4
Permissible values:Help on this term
ValueMeaning
1Couple family with no children
2Couple family with children
3One parent family
9Other family
Supplementary values:Help on this term
8Not 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 8    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.

Source and reference attributes

Origin:Help on this term

Australian Bureau of Statistics. Family, household and income unit variables. Cat. no. 1286.0. Canberra: ABS. Viewed on 29/09/2006

Relational attributes

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Supersedes Family type code N Community Services (retired), Superseded 27/04/2007

Data elements implementing this value domain:Help on this term

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

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