Census of Population and Housing 1981: Collection District Summary File

What is the CDSF?

Dimensions of data set

Indicative Information and Data Code Groups

Description of the Summary Tables

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What is the CDSF?

The Collection District Summary File presents summary characteristics of persons and dwellings for every collection district (CD) in Australia.

The records for each CD include geographic area codes which allow data to be aggregated to Statistical Division, Statistical Sub-Division, State, Census Division, Census Sub-Division, LGA Section, LGA, Commonwealth Electoral Division, State Electoral Division, Locality, Section of State, Postcode, Journey to Work Study Area and 1976 LGA, a 1976 CD field code and 1976/1981 Comparability Indicator, latitude and longitude of the centroid, and area. The table information is made up of 34 tables giving data for both persons and dwellings. Dwelling tables include counts by structure, nature of occupancy, mortgages, rents, reason unoccupied, and numbers of occupants, households, rooms, bedrooms and motor vehicles. Persons tables include counts for males and females by marital status, usual residence (1976, 1980 and 1981), age, religion, family type, educational institution attendance, birthplace, period of residence, parents' birthplace, use of English language, highest qualification, age left school, income, occupational status, hours worked, mode of travel to work, occupation and industry.

For some basic information about the way Census 81 was planned, designed, executed and processed, information on the person and dwelling characteristics included in statistical output and some guidance to other census products, see "Making Sense of Census 81". See also the Geographic Descriptor File.

Dimensions of data set

The Summary File contains 7 data files of CD summary data. Each logical record contains one record of geographic indicative information and 19 records containing 1065 counts or totals from 34 tables giving data for both persons and dwellings. All physical records are padded to a fixed record length of 240 characters.

The number of logical records in each of the 7 CD summary files is:

File Name					  Records
  CD Summary File			    	Part	Total
  1.	NSW Sydney SD					5211
  2.	NSW Balance				3908
	Albury-Wodonga SSD (Victorian part)	60
	Gold Coast SSD (Queensland part)	299
	ACT					331	4598
  3.	Victoria, Melbourne SD				4247
  4.	Victoria, balance				2282
  5.	Queensland					4734
  6.	South Australia					2476
  7.	Western Australia			2449
	Tasmania				886
	Northern Territory/			235
	Australian Capital Territory		331	3901

Note: The records for Albury-Wodonga SSD, Gold Coast SSD and 
the ACT appear in File 2 and in Files 4, 5 and 7 respectively.

CODEBOOK

Each of the 7 CD summary files contains one logical record for each CD consisting of one record of geographic indicative codes (31 fields) and 19 records of tabular information (1065 x 4 character cells). Each physical record is 240 characters in length, the first 12 characters always being an identifying header.

Indicative Information

The 31 cells of indicative information for the CD Summary File are contained in the first physical record of each logical record in the following format.

Description of the Summary Tables

The CD Summary File contains data cells from the 34 summary tables listed below. Full details of the tables and cells are given in the "Condensed Format Summary Tables Description File (download .rtf version)".

Table

Dimensions
Number of cells
Description
Table population
1
12 x 2
24
Summary of persons
Total persons
2
2 x 1
2
Summary of housing
Occupied and unoccupied dwellings
3
6 x 2
12
Marital status
Total persons
4
12 x 2
24
1981 usual residence
Total persons
5
13 x 2
26
1980 usual residence
Persons aged 1+ years counted at their usual place of residence
6
13 x 2
26
1976 usual residence
Persons aged 5+ years counted at their usual place of residence
7
32 x 2 x 2
128
Age
Overseas born and total persons
8
17 x 2
34
Religious denomination
Total persons
9
8 x 3 + 1
25
Family type
Families and persons
10
4 x 2 x 2
16
Attendance at an educational institution
Persons aged 15+ yrs
11
31 x 3 x 2
186
Birthplace by period of residence in Australia
Overseas born
12
6 x 3 x 2
36
Birthplace of parents
Australian born
13
7 x 3 x 2
42
Competency in English language by birthplace in English/non-English speaking countries
Overseas born persons aged 5+ years
14
9 x 2
18
Qualification - highest level obtained
Persons aged 15+ yrs
15
11 x 2
22
Age left school
Persons aged 15+ yrs
16
15 x 4
60
Income -




individual
Persons aged 15+ yrs



family
Families



household
Households
17
16 x 2
32
Age
Labour force
18
5 x 2
10
Marital status
Labour force
19
7 x 2
14
Occupational status
Total persons
20
6 x 3
18
Hours actually worked
Employed labour force
21
5 x 2
10
Industry sector
Employed labour force
22
15 x 2
30
Mode of travel to work
Employed labour force
23
24 x 2
48
Occupation
Employed labour force
24
27 x 2
54
Industry
Employed labour force
25
9 x 1
9
Structure of dwellings
Households and persons
26
8 x 2
16
Number of occupants
Households - separate house and other
27
4 x 2
8
Number of families in households
Households - separate house and other
28
9 x 2
18
Number of rooms
Households- separate house and other
29
8 x 2
16
Number of bedrooms
Households - separate house and other
30
7 x 2
14
Nature of occupancy
Households and persons
31
18 x 2
36
Monthly mortgages
Households and persons in mortgaged dwellings
32
15 x 2
30
Weekly rent
Households and persons in rented dwellings
33
6 x 1
6
Motor vehicles parked
Occupied private dwellings
34
8 x 1
8
Reason unoccupied
Unoccupied private dwellings

 

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