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Disability, Ageing and Carers, Survey of


Assistant Director
Family and Community Statistics Section
Australian Bureau of Statistics, Canberra
Telephone (02) 6252 7430
Facsimile (02) 6252 8007


The Survey of Disability, Ageing and Carers collects information on the number and demographic characteristics of persons, relating to three main population groups:

        • people with a disability
        • people aged 60 and over
        • primary carers.
For carers, data is collected on the types of assistance provided, assistance received with the caring role and the effects of the caring role on their lifestyle. Additionally, for people with a disability and for all people aged 60 years and over, information is collected regarding the need for and receipt of assistance as well as participation in community activities. The survey also provides information on participation in economic and community activities, including education.


All persons, with the following exceptions:
        • to private dwellings
        • certain diplomatic personnel of overseas governments, customarily excluded from the census and estimated resident population figures
        • overseas residents in Australia
        • members of non-Australian defence forces (and their dependants) stationed in Australia.
The survey includes people in both private and non-private dwellings, including people in cared accommodation but excluding those in gaols and correctional institutions. It is conducted in both urban and rural areas in all states and territories, but excludes persons living in remote and sparsely settled parts of Australia.



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.

Data Service

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.

Release Schedule

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.

All households

Index of education and occupation deciles (SEIFA)

All persons

Disability status

Persons in households

Persons aged 5-20
        • School attendance
        • Level of school attendance

Persons aged 5-20 with a disability
        • Whether attends special school or classes
        • Reason for not attending school
        • Schooling restriction status

Persons aged 15 and over
        • Age left school
        • Whether completed Year 12
        • Level of highest non-school qualification
        • Whether currently studying and educational institution attending
        • Full-time/part-time study status
        • Level of qualification currently studying for

Persons aged 15 and over with a disability
        • Whether completed non-school qualification before onset of main condition
        • Non-school education restriction status

Persons aged 5 and over with a disability
        • Type of difficulty experienced at educational institution/school because of condition
        • Whether needs at least one day off from school each week because of conditions
        • Whether receives and type of support or special arrangements provided by school or educational institution

Persons aged 5-59 with a disability and persons aged 60 years and over
        • Whether went to school/educational institution during the last fortnight


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.


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.


Reference Period

June to November in 2003.

Frequency of Collection

Now conducted every six years.

Historical Data

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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