4912.1 - Managing Care and Work, New South Wales, Oct 2005  
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For the purposes of this survey a carer was any person in NSW aged 18 years or over who:

  • was a parent (or partner of a parent) with a child aged 14 years or under living in the household;

or, who, in the last 6 months looked after someone including:
  • any child aged 14 years or under (excluding own or partner's children living in the household);
  • anyone aged 15 to 64 years with a long term health condition or disability which limited their everyday activities;
  • anyone aged 15 to 64 years with a short term sickness or injury;
  • anyone aged 65 years or over.

The survey did not include care that was done as part of paid work, volunteer work, or a study program.

It was possible for a carer to provide care to more than one person.

Casual work

A work arrangement where an employee is not entitled to paid sick or holiday leave.


A person who works for a public or private employer and receives remuneration in wages, salary, a retainer fee from their employer while working on commission basis, tips, piece-rates, or payment in kind; or a person who operates his or her own incorporated enterprise with or without hiring employees.

Flexible working hours

An arrangement whereby employees can alter their start or finish times, but still work the required number of hours. Includes time off in lieu.

Labour Force reference week

The week before the interview for this survey. An interview could have been completed anytime in the two weeks starting 10 October 2005.

Long term health condition or disability

An impairment, limitation or restriction which limits certain everyday activities. It includes restrictions due to diseases, disorders, or damage from injuries or accidents.

Other child

A child aged 14 years or under who does not live in the same household as the carer. This includes children who are cared for by a parent living in a different household.

Own child

A child of either the carer or the carer's partner, aged 14 years or under, living in the same household.

Paid leave

Time off work that does not incur any loss of income. Examples of paid leave included in this survey are:

  • carer's leave;
  • parental leave;
  • flex leave;
  • annual leave;
  • long service leave; and
  • sick leave.

Part-time worker

Employed persons who usually worked less than 35 hours a week (in all jobs) and either did so during the Labour Force Survey reference week, or were not at work in the reference week.

Provided care

For the purposes of this survey, providing care involved helping, assisting or supervising a child or adult with everyday activities that they were not capable of doing themselves because of age, disability or other health conditions. Care could be provided continuously, occasionally or once only, and for one or more persons.

Not included in this survey was care that was done for payment, through a voluntary organisation, or as part of a study program. Also excluded was support that was only financial, such as paying for someone else to care for a person.

Relationship to carer

The relationship of the recipient of care to their carer. Each category making up the variable 'relationship to carer' includes associated step and in-law relationships. For example, the category 'brother/sister' includes step-brother, step-sister, brother-in-law and sister-in-law.

Rostered day off

A regular day off work arranged to limit total time worked to standard hours.

Self employed

The groups who make up the self employed are:

  • employer - a person who operates his or her own unincorporated economic enterprise or engages independently in a profession or trade, and hires one or more employees;
  • own account worker - a person who operates his or her own unincorporated economic enterprise or engages independently in a profession or trade, and hires no employees; and
  • contributing family worker - a person who works without pay in an economic enterprise operated by a relative.

Shift work

A system of work whereby the hours of operation at the place of employment are split into at least two set work periods (shifts), for different groups of workers. For example a work place may have three shifts: 6am to 2pm; 2pm to 10pm; and 10pm to 6am.

Short term sickness or injury

Includes any illness or injury such that a person requires care. For example:

  • looking after someone who has the flu;
  • picking up a child from school who has broken their arm; or
  • taking someone to an emergency dental appointment.

Excludes long term health conditions or disabilities.

Working from home

A work arrangement whereby an employee can perform some or all of their work duties at home, instead of working at the physical work environment.