4150.0 - Time Use Survey: User Guide, 2006  
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Contents >> Survey background and purpose >> OBJECTIVES OF THE 2006 SURVEY

OBJECTIVES OF THE 2006 SURVEY

The 2006 Time Use Survey was designed to identify

  • unpaid work in the household and the breakdown of this work between men and women and by life stage;
  • daily life patterns and support needs of various groups such as older persons, unemployed persons and persons with disabilities;
  • labour force issues such as the comparison of the hours of paid work for men and women and barriers to work force participation;
  • time spent on voluntary work, caring and other unpaid community work;
  • patterns of leisure activity;
  • transport issues;
  • the production of services not included in estimates of Gross Domestic Product (GDP); and
  • to make comparisons with the 1992 and 1997 surveys to identify changes in patterns of time use.

The survey also provides information on:
  • balancing paid work with other aspects of life;
  • caring for people with disabilities and frail older people;
  • caring for children;
  • community participation;
  • fitness and health activities;
  • travel;
  • use of technology; and
  • outsourcing of domestic tasks.

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