4903.3 - Managing Caring Responsibilities and Paid Employment, Queensland, Oct 2002  
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Carers

For the purposes of this survey a carer is defined as any person in Queensland aged 18 years or over who, in the last six months had a child under 15 years of age, as well as anyone who cared for someone else including:

  • any other child under 15 years of age
  • an elderly person
  • any person with a short or long term sickness, injury or condition

where this care is not done as part of paid work.

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


Casual work

Work for which the employee does not receive paid holiday leave or sick leave. A casual loading is generally paid on top of the normal permanent wage to compensate for not receiving these benefits.


Employee

Person (aged 18 years and over) who worked for one hour or more during the Labour Force reference week, for pay, profit, commission or payment-in-kind, or who had a job but was not at work.


Flex-time

Arrangement whereby an employee can take time off work that must be made up at a later date or that has already been accrued by working extra hours (also known as time off in lieu).


Maternity leave

Paid or unpaid leave provided by an employer to a female employee, covering a set period preceding and immediately following the birth of a child. Only women aged between 18 and 54 who had a child under 15 and who nominated that they had taken maternity leave in the last five years were included. Women on maternity leave at the time of the survey were also included.


Not in the Labour Force

Person (aged 18 years and over) who was not actively looking for part-time or full-time work.


Part-time work

Employed persons who usually worked less than 35 hours a week.


Rostered day off

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


Sector of employment

Used to classify persons according to whether their employer is a public or private enterprise. Categories used are, the Government or Public Service, a Private Company or Business, and Other which included government corporations and community based (non-profit) organisations.


Types of working arrangements

Respondents were asked about various work arrangements and types of leave used for caring. These include flex-time, rostered day off or time off in lieu; working from home; temporarily reduce hours of work; informal arrangements with employer; paid leave; and unpaid leave. Perceptions of these terms were left to the respondent. Only carers who were employees were asked questions about these working arrangements.


Unemployed

Person (aged 18 years and over) who was not employed during the Labour Force reference week.


For further information, please refer to any recent edition of the ABS publication, Australian Labour Market Statistics (cat. no. 6105.0).


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