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Survey of Disability, Ageing and Carers
Disabilities can be broadly grouped depending on whether they relate to functioning of the mind or the senses, or to anatomy or physiology. Each disability group may refer to a single disability or be composed of a number of broadly similar disabilities.
For carers, data is collected on the types of assistance provided, assistance received with the caring role and the effects of the caring role on their lifestyle. The survey also provides information on participation in economic and community activities, including education. Additionally, for people with a disability and for all people aged 60 years and over, information is collected regarding the need for and receipt of assistance as well as participation in community activities.
The survey covered people in both urban and rural areas in all states and territories, except for those living in remote and sparsely-settled parts of Australia and in both private and non-private dwellings, including people in cared accommodation but excluding those in gaols and correctional institutions. The scope of the survey excluded:
June to November, 2003.
Frequency of Collection
Every six years.
Method of Collection
The survey has a household component and a cared accommodation component. For the household component, trained ABS interviewers were used to collect data. Detailed personal interviews were conducted with: all persons with a disability; persons aged 60 years or more; and people who were primary carers for people in one of these groups.
A subset of the data collected from the household component of the survey was obtained about people in cared accommodation using a mail-back form completed by an administrative staff member of the establishment. This collection identified disability status and assistance needs. The questions asked were similar to those included in the household component of the survey. In some cases minor modifications were made to make them relevant to cared accommodation facilities.
Preliminary results for the 2003 survey were released in May 2004, and final results were released in September 2004.
Disability, Australia: Preliminary, 2003 (ABS cat. no. 4446.0)
Disability, Ageing and Carers, Australia: Summary of Findings, 2003 (ABS cat. no. 4430.0)
Information Paper: Basic Confidentialised Unit Record File: 2003 Survey of Disability, Ageing and Carers, 2003 (ABS cat. no. 4430.0.00.001)
Data is available for Australia and state, territories.
Data from the 2003 survey is also available as related Data Cubes (see below), or available on request. Special tabulations are available on request, as a charged service.
Disability, Ageing and Carers: Disability and Long Term Health Conditions, Tables 1 to 11, 2003 (ABS cat. no. 4430.0.55.001)
Disability, Ageing and Carers: Disability and Long Term Health Conditions, Tables 12 to 19, 2003 (ABS cat. no. 4430.0.55.002)
Disability, Ageing and Carers, Australia: Caring in the Community, Tables 1 to 16., Jun to Nov 2003 (ABS cat. no. 4430.0.55.003)
Disability, Ageing and Carers, Australia: Caring in the Community, Tables 17 to 24., Jun to Nov 2003 (ABS cat. no. 4430.0.55.004)
A Confidentialised Unit Record File (CURF), Disability, Ageing and Carers, Australia, Basic Confidentialised Unit Record File (Reissue), 2003 (ABS cat. no. 4430.0.30.002) is available. CURFs are also available for the 1993, 1998 and 2003 surveys.
Education-related data items are listed below for relevant populations. A range of other data items is available relating specifically to those with a disability, or long-term restriction, as well as carers.
Index of education and occupation deciles (SEIFA)
Persons aged 5-20
Persons aged 15 and over
Education - Impairments and restrictions
Persons aged 15 and over with a disability
Persons aged 5 and over with a disability
Persons aged 5-20 with a disability
Persons aged 5 and over
The five surveys of disability conducted in 1981, 1988, 1993, 1998 and 2003 have much of their collected material in common. There are differences, however, as later surveys have attempted a better coverage of disability and of specific tasks and activities previously considered too sensitive for a population survey. From 1988, the scope of the survey was also expanded to collect information about informal carers of people with a disability.