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Output

Standard output

Standard output relates to use of the standard terms and definitions for the measures (counts or estimates) of dwellings, households and families.

Standard terms must be used correctly in all output to promote the use of standard terms and definitions, to enhance understanding of the inclusions/exclusions, and to increase user understanding of official statistics.

Guidelines for use

1. Whenever dwellings, households or families data is published, the full standard term must be used, within a table or graph heading, footnote, or header/footer. This technical information prevents the data from being misleading if it is used in isolation from the rest of the publication.

2. When writing about data, each section of text is to refer to the full standard term for the first usage. This technical information prevents the data from being misleading if it is used in isolation from the rest of the publication.

3. In commentary, the standard term and the given alternative format may be used to offer more flexibility in writing. Other variations are not to be used.

4. The standard term is to be used in its entirety. It is not to be shortened, and is not to be split by other variables or terms. For example, when describing dwellings by their ownership, the suggested format is 'private occupied dwellings that are owner-occupied...', assuming that 'census private dwelling count' or 'estimated private dwellings' has been previously used to introduce the measure. The word 'occupied' may be dropped from "private occupied dwellings" to improve readability. 

5. In commentary, after the standard term has been given, general words or phrases may be used. For example, 'permanent private (occupied) dwellings', or 'one-person households' or 'two-parent families'. The word 'occupied' may be dropped from 'permanent private occupied dwellings' to improve readability.

6. Any publication of dwellings, households or families data is to be accompanied by the appropriate standard definition, including the (bulleted) inclusions and exclusions. If the definition is included in a footnote, the first sentence only may be used, to clarify the variable.

7. Responses to ad hoc requests for dwellings, households or families data must use the standard term (and preferably include the definition), for example, a footnote may state 'Based on the census permanent private (occupied) dwelling count, 2001 Census'. The word 'occupied' may be dropped from 'permanent private occupied dwelling count' to improve readability.

These guidelines assist users to better understand and compare data from different sources.

 

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