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Classification and coding process

Classification criteria

The criterion used to classify the statistical unit, weekly rent paid by households, is by dollar value.

Classification

The standard classification of weekly rent paid by households is a flat classification of dollar categories from $1 weekly rent paid to $9,000. Also categories for over $9,000, no rent paid and residual categories. Excluding residual categories there are 9,002 categories.

The residual categories are defined in Glossary and references.

The full classification is available in Download of classification.

Coding process

Main input variable category set

The main input variable category set is the weekly amount paid in dollar values. If the rental amount collected on the questionnaire is not for a weekly amount, derivations can be created that convert the amount stated into a weekly amount, prior to input. (Please see response coding below for recommended methodology).

For main input variable categories see Download of classification.

Alternative input variable category set

Rent paid by households may be collected and processed for time periods, other than weekly. The input categories will then be the amount specified by the respondent on the questionnaire as the rental amount paid and the period that payment covers. For example fortnightly, monthly, yearly. Derivations can be performed that then convert the data to the output categories as listed under Output. (Please see response coding below for recommended methodology).

Response coding

If the response given is not for a weekly period, the standard process of assigning that response to an input or output category is to divide a monthly amount by 4.33 or multiply by 12 and divide by 52. A fortnightly amount is divided by 2, a yearly amount by 52 and a six monthly amount by 26. Should the respondent select a 4 week period then the amount should be divided by 4.

Some respondents may be ‘house sitting’ in the owner’s absence and they may be paying bills on behalf of the owner, but no rent or only nominal rent. In these circumstances the rent paid is zero or the nominal amount paid.

If rent is paid on behalf of the household by a third party who does not reside in the dwelling, then the household resides rent free and the rent paid is zero.

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