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Disability, Ageing and Carers, Survey of
All persons, with the following exceptions:
Australian Bureau of Statistics 2004, Disability, Australia (2003 Preliminary) (cat. no. 4446.0), ABS, Canberra.
Australian Bureau of Statistics 2000, Disability and Long Term Health Conditions, 1998 (cat. no. 4433.0), ABS, Canberra.
Australian Bureau of Statistics 2000, Caring in the Community, Australia, 1998 (cat. no. 4436.0), ABS, Canberra.
Australian Bureau of Statistics 1999, Disability, Ageing and Carers, Australia: Summary of Findings, 1998 (cat. no. 4430.0), ABS, Canberra.
Australian Bureau of Statistics 1999, Disability, Ageing and Carers, Australia: User Guide (cat. no. 4431.0), ABS, Canberra.
A Confidentialised Unit Record File (CURF) is available for the 1993 and 1998 surveys.
A set of tables for the 1998 survey is also available for each state and territory as follows:
Australian Bureau of Statistics 1999, Disability, Ageing and Carers, Summary Tables, 1998, cat. nos. 4430.1.40.001-8, ABS, Canberra.
Special tabulations are available on request.
The summary publication for the 1998 survey was released in April 1999. Preliminary results for the 2003 survey were released in May 2004. Final results for the 2003 survey are expected to be released in September 2004.
Education-related data items are listed below for relevant populations.
A range of other data items is available relating specifically to those with a disability, or long-term restriction, as well as carers.
Index of education and occupation deciles (SEIFA)
Persons in households
Persons aged 5-20
Persons aged 5-20 with a disability
Persons aged 15 and over
Persons aged 15 and over with a disability
Persons aged 5 and over with a disability
Persons aged 5-59 with a disability and persons aged 60 years and over
Australia, state, territories and capital city/balance of state (excluding territories).
Small area predictors have been developed however no education data are available at this level.
METHOD OF COLLECTION
The survey had a household component a cared accommodation component.For the household component, trained ABS interviewers were used to collect data. Detailed personal interviews were conducted with all persons with a disability persons aged 60 years or more and people who were primary carers for people in one of these groups. A subset of the data collected from the household component of the survey was obtained about people in cared accommodation using a mail-back form completed by an administrative staff member of the establishment. This collection identified disability status and assistance needs. The questions asked were similar to those included in the household component of the survey. In some cases minor modifications were made to make them relevant to cared accommodation facilities.
TIMING OF COLLECTION
June to November in 2003.
Frequency of Collection
Now conducted every six years.
The five surveys of disability conducted in 1981, 1988, 1993,1998 and 2003 have much of their collected material in common. There are differences, however, as later surveys have attempted a better coverage of disability and of specific tasks and activities previously considered too sensitive for a population survey. From 1988, the scope of the survey was also expanded to collect information about informal carers of people with a disability.
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