Dwelling occupancy status (information about this variable and its quality)


Dwelling occupancy status classifies each dwelling according to whether it is occupied, unoccupied, or under construction when census data is collected.

For census use, a dwelling is defined as occupied if it is:

  • occupied at midnight on the night of the data collection, or
  • occupied at any time during the 12 hours following midnight on the night of the data collection unless the occupant(s) completed a form at another dwelling during this period.

This includes occupied dilapidated dwellings and occupied dwellings under construction.

For census use a dwelling is defined as unoccupied if it is unoccupied at midnight and at all times during the next 12 hours following midnight on the night of data collection.

Unoccupied dwellings may be classified as 'empty' or 'residents away'.

An unoccupied dwelling is classified as 'empty' if it clearly had no current occupants and new occupants are not expected to arrive or move in on, or before, census night. Unoccupied dwellings that are being repaired or renovated are defined as empty dwellings. Unoccupied dwellings include private and non-private dwellings, baches, and holiday homes are defined as empty dwellings. A dwelling is classified as having 'residents away' where occupants of a dwelling are known to be temporarily away and are not expected to return on, or before, census night.

Dwelling under construction includes all dwellings that are being built. An existing dwelling that is being altered, repaired, or extended and is unoccupied is coded as an 'empty dwelling'. A new dwelling that is under construction and is occupied is coded as 'occupied'.



Variable Details

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Priority level

Dwelling occupancy status does not have a priority level.

Related variable priority levels

Priority level 1: Count of dwellings; Unoccupied dwellings

Priority level 2: Occupied dwelling type

We assign a priority level to all census variables: Priority 1, 2, or 3 (with 1 being highest and 3 being the lowest priority).

The count of all dwellings and unoccupied dwellings are priority 1 variables. Priority 1 variables are core census variables that have the highest priority in terms of quality, time, and resources across all phases of a census.

Occupied dwelling type is a priority 2 variable. Priority 2 variables cover key subject populations that are important for policy development, evaluation, or monitoring. These variables are given second priority in terms of quality, time, and resources across all phases of a census.

The census priority levels for these variables are the same as 2013.

Quality Management Strategy and the Information by variable for dwelling occupancy status (2013) have more information on the priority rating.

Overall quality rating for 2018 Census

Dwelling occupancy status did not receive a quality rating in 2018.

Related quality ratings:

  • count of dwellings: High quality
  • occupied dwelling type: Moderate quality.

Subject population

All dwellings

‘Subject population’ means the people, families, households, or dwellings to whom the variable applies.

How this data is classified

Dwelling Occupancy Status - Standard Classification V2.1.0

Dwelling occupancy status is a hierarchical classification with two levels. The first level has three categories, while the second level has four.

The categories are:

1 Occupied dwelling

11 Occupied dwelling

2 Unoccupied dwelling

21 Residents away

22 Empty dwelling

3 Dwelling under construction

31 Dwelling under construction

The classification of dwelling occupancy status in the 2018 Census is the same classification used in previous censuses.

The Standards and Classifications page provides background information on classifications and standards.

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