FAMILY, COMMUNITY AND SOCIAL COHESION GLOSSARY
Children without an employed parent
Children aged under 15 years, living in a single or multi-family household, where no parent is employed. Other relatives or non-related individuals living in the household may be employed.
The term community refers to an inter-connected group of people who can influence one another's wellbeing. Notwithstanding the many possible connections between people that may be used to define communities (see below), there is an important sense that the wellbeing of community members is influenced by their connections to others. Like a family, a community may be an important source of support and care for individuals, and individuals can gain a sense of identity and security from belonging to a community.
Communities are commonly thought of as being groups of people living within particular geographic areas. There are other connections between people which are not geographically based but which indicate the existence of communities. These include connections relating to shared values, traditions and lifestyles. Thus, people with a shared culture or heritage such as Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, people belonging to religious groups, or groups of people born in particular countries who maintain associations with each other, are often viewed as belonging to a community. Communities may also be defined in terms of people with a shared set of interests or activities, for example school communities' or 'arts communities'. Thus communities may be composed of diverse groups with competing interests and rights; but they can also be reasonably homogeneous.
A family based on two persons who are in a registered or de facto marriage and who are usually resident in the same household. The family may include any number of dependent children, non-dependent children and other related or unrelated individuals. It is not necessary for a parent-child relationship to be formed, thus a couple family can consist of a couple without children present in the household.
Couple family with dependent children
One family household consisting of a couple with at least one dependent child. The household may also include non-dependent children, other relatives and unrelated individuals.
A person aged under 15 years, or a dependent student.
A full-time student aged 15-24 years, living in the same usual residence as his or her natural, step, foster or adoptive parent.
Any death directly caused by an acute episode of poisoning or toxicity to drugs, including deaths from accidental overdoses, suicide and assault, and any death from an acute condition caused by habitual drug use. The term 'drug' refers to substances classified as drugs that may be used for medicinal or therapeutic purposes and those that produce a psychoactive effect excluding alcohol, tobacco and volatile solvents (e.g. petrol). Drug-induced causes exclude accidents, homicides and other causes indirectly related to drug use. Also excluded are newborn deaths associated with mother's drug use. See Causes of Death, Australia, 2008, Appendix 2 - Tabulation of Selected Causes of Death for the full list of ICD-10 codes included in this definition of Drug Induced Deaths.
Two or more people, one of whom is at least 15 years of age, who are related by blood, marriage (registered or de facto), adoption, step or fostering, and who are usually resident in the same household. The basis of a family is formed by identifying the presence of a couple relationship, lone parent-child relationship or other blood relationship. Some households will, therefore, contain more than one family.
The ABS uses the cultural definition of homelessness. This definition identifies shared community standards about the minimum housing that people have the right to expect, in order to live according to the conventions and expectations in Australia. The minimum community standard is a small rental flat with a bedroom, living room, kitchen, bathroom and an element of security of tenure. The definition identifies those groups that fall below the minimum community standard. These groups include rough sleepers (living on the streets, in deserted buildings, improvised dwellings, in parks, etc), people in emergency accommodation/youth refuges/hostels, people staying temporarily with friends or relatives and people residing in boarding houses.
One or more persons usually resident in the same private dwelling.
The Humanitarian program is a component of Australia's immigration program. It has two important functions:
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