Annual Census of Residential Aged Care Services, Financial Year 2001/2002 -->
D. Data Outputs
D1 Data outputs
What are the principal outputs or data items to be produced? (D1)
Note. Refers to the main data items to be produced by the survey (eg turnover of business, satisfaction with a government program the business is participating in), how they will be cross-classified (eg by geography, industry, size, sector of business, etc) -- this could be in the form of a list of tables.
The principal data items to be produced are:
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the amount of accommodation charges and bonds received and the number of Commonwealth-subsidised residents contributing those payments; and
the amount expended on capital improvements and the number of Commonwealth-subsidised residents benefiting from those improvements.
Data will be categorised by the following attributes, all of which apply to every aged care service:
- provider type (private, government, religious/charitable);
- care type (high, low);
- size of service (small, medium or large);
- location type (metropolitan, outer metropolitan, rural, remote); and
- State/Territory location.
The results will be incorporated into the Report on the Operation of the Aged Care Act 1997 for the year ending 30 June 2002.
D2 Use of standards
What consideration has been given to the use of standards? Please specify. (D2)
Note. Should include standard data items (such as employment, housing, etc) and standard classifications (such as industry, geography, commodity, etc.). Should not include market research processing standards (see I2).
All data items and definitions refer to standard aged care definitions implemented by the Commonwealth government and used within the aged care industry. Data elements such as accommodation payments (charges and bonds) and care type (high and low) are specified under the Aged Care Act 1997 and recognised and understood by all aged care providers.
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D3 Data consistency
What consideration has been given to making data item definitions consistent between repeats of this survey or across other surveys? (D3)
The major data items and definitions in use for this census are consistent with operational use across the aged care industry, the terms of the Aged Care Act 1997 and the previous cycles of this census. Comparable items are retained so that key measures may be compared over time (e.g. the number and dollar amounts of accommodation payments charged and paid out by each service; and the dollar amounts spent on building, upgrading and refurbishing each service). Some census questions have been refined based on the 2001 census results to eliminate deficiencies in questionnaire design.
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This year, a number of questions have been eliminated by asking respondents to list in tabular form the data they would in any case have to gather to prepare the answers. For example, respondents will no longer be asked to calculate (weighted) average accommodation charges, but to list each charge and the period of time to which it applied. This will allow the Department’s contractor to perform required calculations and will impose less load on respondents.