4150.0 - Time Use Survey: User Guide, 2006  
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PUBLICATIONS AND CATALOGUED RELEASES

Releases for 2006 survey

How Australians Use Their Time, 2006 (Cat. no. 4153.0)


Release date: 21 February 2008


This publication presents some interesting findings about Australians' use of time and how this is changing. It provides an opportunity to compare the results of three national time use surveys: 1992, 1997 and 2006. The publication presents an Australian profile of average time use and focuses on how various groups in society allocate their time. Insight is provided into issues such as unpaid work, paid work and family caring, time spent on education and leisure, and time spent alone or with others.


This is available from the ABS website free of charge.


Time Use Survey, Australia - Confidentialised Unit Record File, 2006 (Cat. no. 4152.0.55.001)


Release date: 21 February 2008


A data file containing confidentialised variables from the master file at the unit record level (household, family, person and activity levels). This file provides purchasers with the opportunity to satisfy their detailed data needs. Technical details of the format of the file are provided in Chapter 7 (Using the CURF) of this publication. A listing all the data items is available in electronic format from the ABS website.


For clients wanting to produce their own tabulations and conduct manipulations of survey estimates a file containing unit records relating to almost all the survey respondents can be supplied. To protect the confidentiality of individual persons and households some data items are removed from the file and the level of detail for some items is reduced.


Two microdata files are available from these surveys:

  • a basic CURF available on CD-ROM or through the Remote Access Data Laboratory (RADL); and
  • an expanded CURF accessible only through the RADL

The expanded CURF contains more detailed data for some variables than the basic CURF, as well as some additional variables. The RADL is a secure on-line data query service that clients can access via the ABS website. Because the CURFs are kept within the ABS environment, the ABS is able to release more detailed data via the RADL than can be made available on CD-ROM.


Clients interested in finding out more about the CURFs should contact the Microdata Access Strategies section by emailing <microdata.access@abs.gov.au> or by phoning (02) 6252 7714.



Special data services

The published data are only a small portion of the data collected in the surveys. The ABS offers specialised consultancy services to assist clients with more complex statistical information needs. Clients may wish to have the unit record data analysed according to their own needs, or require tailored tables incorporating data items and populations as requested by them. A wide range of data items are available - the detailed list of possible data items is provided in Appendix 2.


Tables and other analytic outputs can be made available electronically or in printed form. However, as the level of detail or disaggregation increases with detailed requests, the number of contributors to data cells decreases. This may result in some requested information not being able to be released due to confidentiality or sampling variability constraints. All specialist consultancy services attract a service charge, and clients will be provided with a quote before information is supplied. For further information, contact National Information and Referral Service 1300 135 070. For clients with specific requirements, customised tables can be produced.



Releases from previous surveys

How Australian Use Their Time, 1997 (Cat. no. 4153.0)


Released: December 1998


This publication presents some interesting findings about Australians' use of time and how this is changing. The publication presents an Australian profile of average time use and focuses on how various groups in society allocate their time. Insight is provided into issues such as unpaid work, paid work and family caring, and time spent on education and leisure.


Time Use Survey, Australia - User's Guide, 1997 (Cat. no. 4150.0)


Released: December 1998


An essential reference tool for understanding data released from the 1997 Time Use Survey. This publication contains information about the concepts and methods used in sampling, data collection and processing for the above survey, including details of the classifications used. The survey presents a different perspective on topics such as paid work, leisure and parenting, allows measurement of household work and the sharing of domestic responsibilities, and examines activity profiles by life stages and socio-economic status.


Time Use Survey, Australia - Confidentialised Unit Record File, 1997 (Cat. no. 4152.0)


Released: February 1999


A data file on CD-ROM containing variables from the master file at the unit record level (household, family, person and person-day levels). To protect the confidentiality of persons and households, some data items have been removed and the level of detail for some items has been reduced. This file provides purchasers with the opportunity to satisfy their detailed data needs. A paper containing technical details of the format of the file and listing all the data items is included with the unit record file.


Information Paper: Time Use Survey, Australia - Confidentialised Unit Record File, 1997 (cat. no. 4151.0)


Released: February 1999


This paper contains information on the data available on the unit record file, conditions of issue and order details.


How Australians Use Their Time, 1992 (Cat. no. 4153.0)


Released: February 1994


This publication contains selected tables at the national level analysing the allocation of time to activities in Australia from the 1992 Time Use Survey. It contains data on the time spent in paid work, unpaid household work and shopping, caring for children and frail, sick and disabled people, community participation, education, leisure and personal maintenance, by usual residents of private households aged 15 years and above. Tables present activities for men and women and examine how various sub-groups of the population distribute their time among broad groupings of activities.


Time Use Survey, Australia - User's Guide, 1992 (Cat. no. 4150.0)


Released: November 1993


An essential reference tool for understanding data released from the 1992 Time Use Survey. This publication contains information about the concepts and methods used in sampling, data collection and processing for the above survey, including details of the classifications used. The survey presents a different perspective on topics such as paid work, leisure and parenting, allows measurement of household work and the sharing of domestic responsibilities, and examines activity profiles by life stages and socio-economic status.


Information Paper: Time Use Survey, Australia - Unit Record File, 1992


Released: January 1995


This publication contains technical details of the tape format and record structure, data items, conditions of issue and order details.


Time Use Survey, Australia - Confidentialised Unit Record File, 1992 (Cat. no. 4152.0)


Released: January 1995


A data file on floppy disks, magnetic tape or CD-ROM containing variables from the 1992 master file at the unit record level (household, person and person-day levels). Deletion of some variables and aggregation of categories in other variables ensures that confidentiality of individual respondents is maintained. Provides purchasers with the opportunity to satisfy detailed and extensive data needs.



Related Publications

Occasional Paper: Recent Changes in Unpaid Work, 1995 (Cat. no. 4154.0)


Released: May 1995


This publication describes some important changes occurring within Australian households. The paper deals chiefly with those activities in which households take raw materials and domestic capital, and through their own labour produce goods and services of greater value. Much of the output of these activities is consumed by the household itself. For the purposes of the paper, the household production just described is called unpaid work.


Occasional Paper: Unpaid Work and the Australian Economy, 1997 (Cat. no. 5240.0)


Released: October 2000


Discusses the issues involved in measuring unpaid household work and volunteer and community work. It also shows a range of experimental estimates of the value of total unpaid work in 1997, based on data from the 1997 Time Use Survey.


Time Use on Culture/Leisure Activities, 1997 (Cat. no. 4173.0)


Released: April 1999


This brochure contains a selection of national data on time spent by persons aged 15 years and over, on culture/leisure activities based on the 1997 Time Use Survey.


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