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WORK AND FAMILY BALANCE GLOSSARY
For the purposes of Tables 1 (under 'Childcare' activity group), 2, 3, 4 and 5 in the Work and Family Balance data cube, the care was not provided as part of paid or voluntary work. For the purpose of Table 1 (under 'Voluntary work and care' activity group) in this data cube, care refers to voluntary care only.
A carer is a person in the household specified as the provider of assistance to a person with disability; or a person who identifies him/ herself as the provider of assistance to a person with a long-term illness or disability living in another household.
Caring for adults
For the purpose of Table 1 (under 'Voluntary work and care' activity group) in the Work and Family Balance data cube this activity category included physical care and emotional support as well as any other activities done for anyone outside the household who was sick, frail or who had a disability.
For the purpose of Table 3 in Work and Family Balance data cube, this refers to providing care to adults in the household.
Caring for children
When care is provided by any person aged 15 years or over to:
For the purpose of Table 1 (under 'Voluntary work and care' activity group) in the Work and Family Balance data cube, care refers to care only performed as part of voluntary work.
A person of any age who is a natural, adopted, step, or foster son or daughter of a couple or lone parent, usually resident in the same household. A child is also any individual under 15 years of age, usually resident in the household, who forms a parent-child relationship with another member in the household. This includes otherwise related children and unrelated children under 15 years of age. In these cases in order to be classified as a child, the person can have no child or partner of their own usually resident in the household.
A major activity classification group that relates to all activities done for children aged under 15 years. It contains activities such as the physical and emotional care of children, teaching, reprimanding, playing with and talking to children. It also includes minding children and visiting child care establishments or schools.
Disability is an umbrella term for impairments, activity limitations and participation restrictions. Disability (as collected) is the presence of a limitation, restriction or impairment due to a physical, emotional or nervous condition which had lasted or was likely to last six months or more.
A major activity classification group (See Total housework and Total other household work).
Employed persons includes all persons aged 15 years and over who, during the reference week:
Persons employed full-time are those employed persons who usually worked 35 hours or more a week (in all jobs) and those who, although usually working less than 35 hours a week, worked 35 hours or more during the reference week.
Persons employed part-time are those employed persons who usually worked less than 35 hours a week (in all jobs) and either did so during the reference week, or were not at work in the reference week.
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 a commission basis, tips, piece rates, or payment in kind, or a person who operates their own incorporated enterprise with or without hiring employees. Please note that this definition differs to that used for data on employment conditions in the Economic Security domain.
Employment related activities
A major activity classification group which includes activities carried out in paid employment, or unpaid work in a family business or farm; job search activities such as travel to work or in the course of job search, and time spent in the workplace during work breaks. Looking at job advertisements in a newspaper has been coded as job search. In cases where respondents who were not in the labour force according to their interview reported doing clerical and related work at home, and their spouse was self-employed, these activities were coded as unpaid work in a family business.
Labour force status
Labour force status is a classification of the civilian population aged 15 years and over into the 'labour force' (those employed or unemployed) or into 'not in the labour force', as defined. The definitions conform closely to the international standard definitions adopted by the International Conferences of Labour Statisticians.
Not in the labour force
Persons not in the labour force are those people who, during the reference week, were not in the categories 'employed' or 'unemployed'. They include people who were keeping house (unpaid), retired, voluntarily inactive, permanently unable to work, in jail, trainee teachers, members of contemplative religious orders, and persons whose only activity during the reference week was jury service or unpaid voluntary work for a charitable organisation.
Overall life satisfaction
Overall life satisfaction is a summary measure of subjective wellbeing. It measures a person's perceived level of how satisfied they are with their life overall on a scale ranging from 0 to 10, where 0 means "not at all satisfied" and 10 means "completely satisfied".
Paid work is work activity undertaken for remuneration or salary in the production of goods or services in the marketplace. It also includes work activity undertaken without pay in a family business, as well as travel associated with work activity.
A person in a couple relationship with another person usually resident in the same household. The couple relationship may be in either a registered or de facto marriage and includes same-sex couples.
Primary activity is the main activity undertaken by the respondent and is recorded by the respondent in the first column of the diary under 'What was your main activity'.
A person who is the largest provider of informal assistance, in terms of help or supervision, to a person with one or more disabilities. The assistance has to be ongoing, or likely to be ongoing, for at least six months and be provided for one or more core activities (communication, mobility and self-care).
Whether a person provided care in the reference week. See Care.
Purchasing goods and services
A major activity classification group that includes activities such as purchasing consumer and durable goods, and buying repair services and administrative services.
The week preceding the week in which the interview was conducted.
Secondary activity is the activity undertaken in addition to the primary activity. In addition to recording primary activities, the respondents are also asked to record in the third diary column: 'What else were you doing at the same time'.
The activity group 'Domestic activities' has been further divided into two sub-group:, 'Total housework' and 'Total other household work'. Total housework includes food preparation, service and clean-up; washing, ironing and clothes care; and other housework such as indoor cleaning and tidying activities. The reason for this division is that previous time use studies have shown men's domestic work is mostly identified in 'Total other household work', and women's domestic work is mostly identified in 'Total housework'.
Total other household work
Includes domestic management, home and car maintenance and improvement, pet care and care of the grounds. Associated travel is not included.
Type of voluntary activity
Activities performed in the preceding 12 months were collected for each organisation for which a volunteer worked, up to a maximum of three organisations. Volunteers may have performed multiple activities for each organisation. When a volunteer worked for more than three organisations in the preceding 12 months, activity information was only collected for the three organisations for which the volunteer worked the most hours. The categories are:
Persons aged 15 years and over who were not employed during the reference week, and:
Household or community work activity undertaken without pay (excluding work in a family business) that could be replaced by market goods or paid services. It includes: volunteering or other community work undertaken without pay, domestic work, child care, informal care of older people or people with disability, shopping, and communication and travel associated with these activities.
Voluntary work and care
A major activity classification group that includes physical and emotional caring activities for adults, unpaid work for organisations and assisting family, friends, neighbours and others.
A volunteer is someone who willingly gave unpaid help, in the form of time, service or skills, to or through an organisation or group. The reference period was the 12 months prior to the survey. Voluntary work done overseas is out of scope. The reimbursement of expenses in full or part (e.g. token payments) or small gifts (e.g. sports club t-shirts or caps) was not regarded as payment of salary, and people who received these were still included as voluntary workers. However, people who received payment in kind for the work they did (e.g. receiving farm produce as payment for work done on a farm, rather than cash) were not included as volunteers.
Voluntary work is collected in the General Social Survey (cat. no. 4159.0). In consultation with the peak body for volunteer organisations, the 'willingly undertaken' part of the definition was refined by excluding involvement with organisations that, while recognised as unpaid community work, were not strictly voluntary or would not normally be seen as voluntary work. This included the Work for the Dole Program or Community Work under Mutual Obligation; work experience/ part of an unpaid work trial; work under a Community Service Order; a student placement; or emergency work during an industrial dispute.
For any group, the number of volunteers in that group expressed as a percentage of total population in that group.
Activity conducted for volunteering. Details for individuals were collected for up to three organisations. When the unit of analysis is the volunteer's involvement with an organisation rather than the volunteer, the same activity is counted more than once if it is done for more than one organisation. See Type of voluntary activity.
Work is a physical or mental effort or activity directed toward the production or accomplishment of something.
The Work and Family Balance domain uses a broader definition of work and includes both paid and unpaid work. Paid work includes activities undertaken for remuneration or salary in the production of goods and services, and unpaid work is primarily household or community work undertaken without pay that could be replaced by market goods and services.
In the Economic Security and Education domains, work refers to only economic activities conducted as part of paid employment. The concept of employment is based on the principle that a person must have been engaged in some economic activity (work) over a short reference period. These economic activities (work) are undertaken for remuneration or salary in the production of goods or services.
Working arrangements used to care
Working arrangements that were used so that the respondent could care for someone in the week prior to the interview. Arrangements include: paid leave, unpaid leave, flexible working hours, rostered days off, working from home, informal arrangements with employer or taking a child in to work.
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