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Tenure holder


'Tenure holder' measures whether an individual owns or partly owns the dwelling they usually live in.

Relationship to questionnaire(s)

Data on tenure holder comes from question 24 on the individual form (PDF 395kb).

Subject population

The subject population is the people, families, households or dwellings to whom the variable applies.

The subject population for this variable is the census usually resident population aged 15 years and over.

Non-response rate

The 2006 non-response rate was 6.2 percent.

The 2001 non-response rate was 6.2 percent.

Quality Management Strategy priority level

Tenure holder is a supplementary variable.

The Census Quality Management Strategy assigns a priority level to all census variables.

Supplementary variables do not fit directly in with the main purpose of a census, but are still of importance to certain groups. These variables have third priority in terms of effort and resources.

All data must meet minimum quality standards in order to make it suitable for use.

Comparability with 1996 and 2001 Census data

Data on tenure holder is available from the 2001 Census. This topic was not included in the 1996 Census.

There are issues affecting the comparability of this data with the 2001 Census data:

  • Different question wording and instructions were used in 2001 and 2006. This is likely to have affected the comparability of the 2001 and 2006 data. In 2001 there was an instruction on the form that respondents should mark 'yes' if they owned the dwelling with or without a mortgage. In 2006, the words 'with or without a mortgage' were incorporated into the question and there was a new instruction to mark 'yes' if the dwelling was held in a family trust. In 2001 there was no instruction for this question, either on the form or in the help notes, about how to answer if the dwelling was held in a family trust.

Significant issues

There are no other significant issues that users should be aware of.

Other things to be aware of

  • It is difficult to compare tenure holder data with tenure of household data because tenure holder is an individual level variable and tenure of household is a household level variable.
  • Non-response rates were high for Pacific peoples, Middle Eastern/Latin American/African and Asian ethnic groups.
  • All census data was subject to considerable checks (including edits) during processing and evaluation, to ensure that it meets quality standards and is suitable for use. These checks were applied to data supplied both on paper and on Internet forms. In addition to these quality checks, the Internet form had built-in editing functionality that directed respondents to the appropriate questions and ensured that their responses were valid. As a result of this, data from Internet forms may be of higher overall quality than data from paper forms. The significance of this will depend on the particular type of analysis being done.
  • There were differences between how the forms were completed on the Internet and on paper for this variable:
    • The Internet form allowed only one response to be selected for the tenure holder question. If a further response was selected, the response given previously disappeared. Multiple responses to this question were possible when forms were completed on paper.
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