The ABS has identified an error in the derivation of this variable for the 2006 and 2011 Censuses. Some dwellings with a person-to-bedroom ratio of less than one (i.e. more bedrooms in the dwelling than persons) have been incorrectly allocated to the '1 person per bedroom' category, resulting in an average figure that is higher than it should be. This error affects all geography levels for both Censuses.

This error affects the Basic Community profile, Place of Enumeration profile, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples (Indigenous) profile and Time Series profile, as well as the DataPacks for these profiles, for both 2006 and 2011 Censuses. It also affects the QuickStats for both 2006 and 2011 Censuses.

Corrected data is available in these Excel workbooks:

Average number of persons per bedroom by geography type, 2011 Census (2.23 MB)

Average number of persons per bedroom by geography type, 2006 Census (1.68 MB)

2011 Time Series, 2006 and 2001 Censuses (314 Kb)

2006 Time Series, 2001 and 1996 Censuses (176 Kb)