Annual Survey of Aged Care Homes, Financial Year 2004/2005 -->
D. Data Outputs
D1 Data outputs
D1. Please specify 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.
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The principal data items to be produced are:
- amounts of accommodation bonds and charges charged to each Australian Government-subsidised permanent aged care residents; and
- total amounts of accommodation charges and bonds received and the number of Australian Government-subsidised permanent aged care resident contributing those payments; and
- amounts expended on capital improvements and the number of Australian Government-subsidised residents benefiting from those improvements.
Data will be categorised by the following attributes, all of which apply to every aged care home:
- sector (private, State government, local government, religious, charitable or private);
- high care/low care characterisation of the homes as indicated by the percentage of its places utilised for low care, 0%, 100%, and 10% ranges;
- size of home (small, medium or large);
- location by Australian Standard Geographic Classification remoteness category; and
- State/Territory location.
Results are used:
- in the preparation of the Report on the Operation of the Aged Care Act 1997 for the year ending 30 June; and
- to brief the Minister for Ageing (see the list of tables at J6 below).
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.
The data items refer to entities routinely used in residential aged care to implement programs funded by the Australian Government. Data elements such as accommodation payments (charges and bonds) are defined under the Aged Care Act 1997 and recognised and understood by all aged care providers. The Australian Standard Geographic Classification is used to categorise the accessibility or remoteness of each aged care home.
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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 survey are consistent with operational use across the aged care industry, the terms of the Aged Care Act 1997 and the previous cycles of this survey.
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The questionnaire has been closely similar in 2002, 2003 and 2004 to allow creation of time series of the collected data. It is highly desirable that this be continued. The definitions of data items in each repeat of the survey are fully consistent from year to year.