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Classification and coding process

Classification criteria

'Tenure of household' is an output classification derived from three input classifications or for some household surveys, alternative input categories. At the highest level, tenure of household is classified according to whether the dwelling is rented, owned (or partly owned), or held in a family trust by the household. At the next level, tenure of household is classified according to whether rent or mortgage payments are made for the right to reside in the dwelling.

Classification

Tenure of household is a two-level hierarchical classification with eight categories at the highest level and 14 categories at the lowest level.

Tenure of household V2.0

1 Dwelling owned or partly owned
    10 Dwelling owned or partly owned, mortgage arrangements not further defined
    11 Dwelling owned or partly owned, mortgage payments made
    12 Dwelling owned or partly owned, mortgage payments not made

2 Dwelling not owned and not held in a family trust
    20 Dwelling not owned and not held in a family trust, rental arrangements not further defined
    21 Dwelling not owned and not held in a family trust, rent payments made
    22 Dwelling not owned and not held in a family trust, rent payments not made

3 Dwelling held in a family trust
    30 Dwelling held in a family trust, mortgage arrangements not further defined
    31 Dwelling held in a family trust, mortgage payments made
    32 Dwelling held in a family trust, mortgage payments not made

4 Don’t know
    44 Don’t know

5 Refused to answer
    55 Refused to answer

7 Response unidentifiable
    77 Response unidentifiable

8 Response outside scope
    88 Response outside scope

9 Not stated
    99 Not stated

The residual categories ‘don’t know’, ‘refused to answer’, ‘response unidentifiable’, ‘response outside scope’, and ‘not stated’ are defined in the glossary.

'Not further defined' codes are included in tenure of household for responses containing insufficient detail to be classified at level two, but which can still be classified to a less detailed level one category.

The full classification is available in Download of classification.

Coding process

The following input classifications are presented as a best practice model to derive tenure of household. Alternative input configurations can be used if they use the same base categories, and meet the requirements of the standard.

Input classifications for self-administered surveys

Tenure of household is a derived variable. It is derived from the following input classifications:

Ownership classification

'Ownership' is a flat classification with eight categories:

    1 Dwelling owned or partly owned
    2 Dwelling not owned and not held in a family trust
    3 Dwelling held in a family trust
    4 Don’t know
    5 Refused to answer
    7 Response unidentifiable
    8 Response outside scope
    9 Not stated

Mortgage classification

'Mortgage' is a flat classification with seven categories:

    1 Mortgage payments made
    2 Mortgage payments not made
    4 Don’t know
    5 Refused to answer
    7 Response unidentifiable
    8 Response outside of scope
    9 Not stated

Rent indicator classification

'Rent indicator' is a flat classification with seven categories:

    1 Rent paid
    2 Rent not paid
    4 Don’t know
    5 Refused to answer
    7 Response unidentifiable
    8 Response outside of scope
    9 Not stated

Input classifications for interviewer administered surveys

Interviewer administered surveys do not use the input classifications above, but are able to use input categories that are the same as these classifications. The use of the 'not further defined' (nfd) categories may not be required because the survey is interviewer-administered and detailed information is more likely to be given.

Output variable derivation

Tenure of household may be derived from the input classifications 'ownership', ‘mortgage’, and ‘rent indicator’. If asked, 'weekly rent paid' and 'sector of landlord' can also be used in the derivation process. The output derivation process should be determined on a survey specific basis. 

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