Annual Survey of Aged Care Homes, Financial Year 2004/2005
F. Respondent Load
On average, how long will a respondent be expected to spend in completing each questionnaire? How has this estimate been derived? Will the time taken by respondents to complete the survey be recorded? (F1)
What steps have been taken to reduce the burden on small businesses, eg use of a reduced questionnaire? (F2)
The time period within which responses can be sought is tightly constrained, i.e. between the completion of end-of year accounts in July and the finalisation of the Report on the Operation of the Aged Care Act 1997 in early September. Within this constraint, the time made available to complete the questionnaire is as long as possible — five weeks.
A preliminary page (p.2) assists respondents to determine quickly whether they need to respond to each part of the survey. In 2003-04, 95% of respondents gave information in response to Part A of the survey (Accommodation payments) but only 49% needed to contribute information in response to Part B (building activity).
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What commitments have been made to preserve the confidentiality of respondents? How will these be implemented? (F3)
At the completion of the project the contractor will return to the Australian Government or destroy all documentation and records that identify survey participants.
Unit record data will not be released. Data from individual residents and approved providers is protected under Section 86-2 of the Aged Care Act 1997 which provides criminal penalties for improper disclosure of protected information.
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