Annual Census of Residential Aged Care Services, Financial Year 2001/2002 -->
B. User Requirements, Survey Objectives, and Budget
B1 Purpose of survey
Why do you need to conduct a survey? (B1)
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Note. Refers to the underlying information requirements that the survey is intended to address. For example, what problems the agency is trying to solve? What decisions need to be made? What specific policies or actions are being determined or assessed? Should detail who requires the information. Survey objectives should be included in "B2" below.
Section 63-2 of the Aged Care Act 1997 requires the Minister for Ageing to table in Parliament each year a report including, among other things, information about accommodation bonds and charges, and the extent of building, upgrading and refurbishment of aged care services. This information is not available to the Department in the ordinary course of business and can be collected only by census. The purpose of the census is to collect this information for the report, with respect to the 2001-02 financial year.
How will the survey outputs meet the needs specified in B1? (B2)
Note. Should include a brief overview of the main topics the survey will cover. If applicable, provides details of any constraints including: fixed costs, fixed sample size, fixed accuracy (eg target RSEs, Confidence Intervals), etc.
The census gathers the following information for the most recently completed financial year:
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- The dollar amounts of accommodation payments charged and paid out by each service and the number of aged care residents to whom the payment relate; and
- The dollar amounts spent on building, upgrading and refurbishing each service and the number of aged care residents benefited by the building activity.
The sample size is fixed to approximately 3,000 approved aged care services across Australia.
What is the timetable for the survey? (B3)
Note. Should include: testing, the date questionnaires are printed or finalised, the date data collection commences, the date data collection finishes, and when results will be available. SCH approval for the survey is to be obtained before data collection commences.
The census and supporting information will be disseminated by the 31st July 2002. All residential aged care services will be contacted in June/July 2002 to confirm the contact person and details for receipt of the census forms.
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The census collection period is between 5th August 2002 until 23rd August 2002. The results will be included in the Annual Report on the Operation of the Aged Care Act 1997, which will be tabled by the Minister for Ageing in federal Parliament by 30th September 2002.