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Time Use Survey

Name of Collection
Time Use Survey

Contact Officer
Welfare Section
Australian Bureau of Statistics
PO Box 10

Telephone: Canberra 02 6252 5278
Facsimile: Canberra 02 6252 8007
Email: client.services@abs.gov.au
Internet: www.abs.gov.au

To measure the daily activity patterns of people and the productive activities of households in Australia. The output enables users to study the differences in patterns of paid work, unpaid household and community work between sub-groups.

This survey examines how people allocate time to different kinds of activities. It provides information on time spent on paid work, unpaid housework and shopping, caring for children and people who are frail, sick or who have a disability, community participation, education, leisure and personal maintenance. The 1997 survey has a national sample of approximately 4,550 households (about 8,600 persons). Data were collected by personal interview of householders and from diaries kept by each person aged 15 and over in households. Basic demographic and socio-economic characteristics were collected by interview. These include age, sex, birthplace, employment, education and income. Information was collected by diary on the activities in which people engaged and the time they spent on them.

Data Detail
The main activity categories are:

  • Personal care activities;
  • Employment related activities;
  • Education activities;
  • Domestic activities;
  • Child care activities;
  • Purchasing goods and services;
  • Voluntary work and care activities;
  • Social and community interaction; and
  • Recreation and leisure.

Time use data are classified by socio-economic and demographic characteristics of householders.

Data are available for Australia and capital cities/rest of Australia.

Data are available on travel related to all the broad activity categories.

Geographic Coverage

Frequency of Data Availability
The survey has been conducted twice-in 1992 and 1997.

Historical Data
The data from the 1997 survey will be released in December quarter 1998.

Products and Services
1992 Time Use Survey
Time Use Survey, Australia-User's Guide (cat. no. 4150.0)
How Australians Use Their Time (cat. no. 4153.0)
Focus on Families: Family Life (cat. no. 4425.0)
Time Use Survey, Australia-Unit Record File (cat. no. 4152.0)

1997 Time Use Survey
Time Use Survey, Australia-User's Guide (cat. no. 4150.0)
How Australians Use Their Time (cat. no. 4153.0)
Time Use Survey, Australia-Confidentialised Unit Record File (cat. no. 4152.0)

Special tabulation and statistical consultancy services are available.

Example of Information Available

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