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Person—marital status, Tasmanian code X{XX}

Identifying and definitional attributes

Metadata item type:Help on this termData Element
Short name:Help on this termMarital status
METeOR identifier:Help on this term442345
Registration status:Help on this termTasmanian Health, Endorsed 01/09/2016
Definition:Help on this termA 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, as represented by a code.

Data element concept attributes

Identifying and definitional attributes

Data element concept:Person—marital status
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
ACT Health, Final 09/08/2018
Commonwealth Department of Social Services (retired), Standard 20/06/2018
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:Help on this termPerson
Property:Help on this termMarital status

Value domain attributes

Identifying and definitional attributes

Value domain:Tasmanian marital status code X{XX}
METeOR identifier:Help on this term442342
Registration status:Help on this termTasmanian Health, Endorsed 01/09/2016
Definition:Help on this termA code set representing the marital status of a person.

Representational attributes

Representation class:Help on this termCode
Data type:Help on this termString
Format:Help on this termX{XX}
Maximum character length:Help on this term3
Permissible values:Help on this term
ValueMeaning
DDivorced
FDefacto
MMarried
SSingle
WWidowed
XSeparated
Supplementary values:Help on this term
UUnknown
NSPNot specified

Collection and usage attributes

Guide for use:Help on this term

Refers to the current marital status of a person.

CODE D     Divorced

This code refers to registered marriages but when self reported may also refer to de facto marriages.

CODE F & M     De facto & Married (registered and de facto)

Includes people who have been divorced or widowed but have since re-married, and should be generally accepted as applicable to all de facto couples, including of the same sex.

CODE S     Single

This code refers to people who have never been married or been in a de facto marriages.

CODE W     Widow

This code usually refers to registered marriages but when self reported may also refer to de facto marriages.

CODE X     Separated

This code refers to registered marriages but when self reported may also refer to de facto marriages.

CODE U & NSP    Unknown & Not specified

These codes are not for use on primary collection forms. They are primarily for use in administrative collections when transferring data from data sets where the item has not been collected.

Data element attributes

Collection and usage attributes

Collection methods:Help on this term

This metadata item collects information on social marital status. The recommended question module is:

Do you/Does the person usually live with a partner in a registered or de facto marriage?

Yes, in a registered marriage

Yes, in a de facto marriage

No, never married

No, separated

No, divorced

No, widowed

It should be noted that information on marital status is collected differently by the ABS, using a set of questions. However, the question outlined above is suitable and mostly sufficient for use within the health and community services fields. See Source document for information on how to access the ABS standards.

While agencies are encouraged to use the recommended question described above, it is acknowledged that this is not always possible in practice. For example, where the data collection is a by-product of the provision of a health or community service, the information may be ascertained using different means. However, the recommended question should be used wherever practically possible.

Comments:Help on this term

The ABS standards identify two concepts of marital status:

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

It is recommended that the social marital status concept be collected when information on social support/home arrangements is sought, whereas the registered marital status concept need only be collected where it is specifically required for the purposes of the collection.

While marital status is an important factor in assessing the type and extent of support needs, such as for the elderly living in the home environment, marital status does not adequately address the need for information about social support and living arrangement and other data elements need to be formulated to capture this information.

Relational attributes

Implementation in Data Set Specifications:Help on this term
All attributes +

Person related data elements (TDLU) cluster Tasmanian Health, Endorsed 18/05/2021

DSS specific attributes +

Tasmanian Demographics Data Set - 2016 Tasmanian Health, Archived 05/07/2017

DSS specific attributes +

Tasmanian Demographics Data Set - 2017 Tasmanian Health, Archived 10/01/2018

DSS specific attributes +

Tasmanian Demographics Data Set - 2018 Tasmanian Health, Archived 05/04/2019

DSS specific attributes +

Tasmanian Demographics Data Set - 2019 Tasmanian Health, Archived 17/06/2020

DSS specific attributes +

Tasmanian Demographics Data Set - 2020 Tasmanian Health, Endorsed 15/06/2020

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