Full-Time/Part-Time Student Status (STUP)

This variable describes the full-time or part-time status of students.

Since 1976 a question on attendance at school or other educational institution has been asked. The categories for Full/Part Time Student Status were revised for 2011. Users should refer to the Full-Time/Part-Time Student Status (STUP) entry in 2011 Census Dictionary (cat. no. 2901.0) for further explanation, especially when analysing the 2011 results against previous Censuses.

The non-response rate for the variable STUP was 6.2% in 2011 compared with 7.5% in 2006. The non-response rates for STUP include a small proportion of people (0.2%) who did not indicate whether they were students at the Full/Part Time Student Status question (question 24 on the Census Household Form) but went on to state the type of educational institution attended at the next question, Type of of Educational Institution Attending (TYPP) (question 25). More information is available from the 2011 Census non-response quality statement.

The information is collected from mark box responses on the form and the risk of processing error is very small. A sample of responses are checked as part of the standard processing checks. In a small proportion of cases (testing has indicated that this is around 1.0%), respondents provide an incorrect number of responses (for STUP, respondents are asked to only mark one response). In these cases responses are accepted in the order they appear on the form and the extra responses are rejected.

Additional sources of information regarding student status can be found in other ABS publications and associated collections. Refer to the Education and Training Statistics home page on the ABS website.

More information on STUP is available in the 2011 Census Dictionary (cat. no. 2901.0).

Question 24 as it appeared on the 2011 Census Household Form

Image of question 24 from the 2011 Census
A text only version of this question is also available

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