Annual Survey of Aged Care Homes, Financial Year 2004/2005 -->
B. User Requirements, Survey Objectives, and Budget
B1 Purpose of survey
Why do you need to conduct a survey? (B1)
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 present to 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 homes. This information is not available to the Department in the ordinary course of business and can be collected only by directly asking aged care providers through a survey.
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How will the survey outputs meet the needs specified in B1? What are the target RSEs for the survey? (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.
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The survey gathers the following information for the most recently completed financial year:
- the amounts of accommodation payments charged and refunded by each aged care home and the number of aged care residents to whom the payments relate;
- amounts of accommodation bonds held by each aged care home; and
- the amounts spent on building, upgrading and refurbishing each home and the number of aged care residents benefited by the building activity.
Taken together, these data provide important and unique information about capital provision and use in residential aged care.
100% of the approximately 2,930 Australian government subsidised aged care homes are included.
The survey period must be between mid-July and mid-August.
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.
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completed in 2002-03
Respondents telephoned for details of contact person:
mid-May to early June
Distribution of questionnaire:
mid June 2005
Contractor makes initial courtesy call to respondents
mid-late June 2005
approx 7 July 2005 to 26 August 2005
Printed report presented to Parliament:
30 September 2005 (subject to Ministerial approval)
Additional reports available to industry:
December 2005/January 2006 (subject to Ministerial approval)