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Questionnaire module

Requirements

No direct question is asked about tenure of household in self-administered questionnaires. Instead, the variable is derived from questions asked about the ownership of the dwelling, including whether it is held in a family trust, and whether mortgage payments are made or rent is paid.

In interviewer administered surveys, questions are asked that relate directly to the classification and therefore, the ownership, mortgage, and rent indicator classifications are not used.

The questionnaire module(s) is required to:

  • Elicit responses on whether the dwelling is held in family trust by the household and whether or not mortgage payments are made.
  • Elicit responses on whether the dwelling is owned or partly owned by the household and whether or not mortgage payments are made.
  • Elicit responses on whether or not rent is paid for dwellings that are not owned and not held in a family trust by the household.
  • Ask questions about family trust first to avoid respondent confusion over whether they own the dwelling or not.
  • Be suitable for self-administered, telephone or personal interview surveys.

The questionnaire module(s) may state in the guidelines or instructions that:

  • Ownership refers to the dwelling, not the land. If the dwelling is owned, but the land is not owned, respondents should be directed to answer the question as 'owned'. The same principle applies to dwellings held in a family trust.
  • Private dwellings such as caravans, tents or motor homes that have been bought under hire purchase or some other financial loan agreement are considered to be 'owned'.
  • Mortgage payments made on a private dwelling do not include hire purchase, financial loans or reverse mortgages.
  • Dwellings that are purchased under unit title, stratum title, licence to occupy, or composite leasehold are considered to be 'owned' and may include self-care flats, townhouses, apartments, or units in a retirement complex.
  • Private dwellings occupied by respondents under rent-to-buy or similar agreements are considered to be 'not owned'.

Example

The questionnaire module below is an example that meets the requirements documented in this standard. Other questionnaire modules may vary in format but should conform to the requirements contained in the standard. Please note that questions 10 and 12 relate to the 'sector of landlord' and 'rent paid' classifications and although they are not covered by the 'tenure of household' standard, they are related classifications:

Graph, Example Question 7.

Graph, Example Question 8.

Graph, Example Question 9.

Graph, Example Question 10.

Graph, Example Question 11.

Graph, Example Question 12.

Graph, Example Question 13.

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