Records a person's place of usual residence on Census Night. The PURP variable is hierarchical. It is based on the SA1 of usual residence on Census Night and can be aggregated to higher levels of geography, for instance: Postal Area, SA2, SA3, SA4, Significant Urban Area, Greater Capital City Statistical Areas and State/Territory.
For details of these areas please refer to the ABS Geography page.
People who have 'no usual address' are instructed on the Census form to write 'NONE'. Each state/territory has one SA1 and SA2 assigned specifically for these responses.
See also Imputation Flag for Place of Usual Residence (IFPURP).
'No usual address' is a valid response.
Shipping SA1s and Offshore SA1s are also valid for place of usual residence
Migratory SA1s are invalid for place of usual residence and such responses are imputed to a valid spatial SA1
If a respondent gives only their state or territory of usual residence then they are imputed to a SA1 within that state/territory
If a respondent gives only their Capital City of usual residence then they are imputed to a SA1 within the Capital City.
For usual residence, SA1s can be aggregated to form higher level ASGS Regions.