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A person who:

  • is the natural, adopted, step, or foster child of a person in the household
  • is 15–24 years of age
  • attends a secondary or tertiary educational institution as a full-time student
  • has no partner or child of his/her own usually resident in the same household.
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    Family structure


    Australian Bureau of Statistics 2001. Census Dictionary. Cat. no. 2901.0. Canberra: ABS.


    This is a standard statistical unit for analyses of economic well being, and in the community services context is an important measure in assessing the needs and circumstances of individuals and families.

    A dependent child must be attached to a nominal parent with whom he/she usually resides. This parent must be over 15 years of age.


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