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Time-Use Surveys

Improving Measurement of Paid & Unpaid WORK

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Title of survey:1997 Time Use Survey

Organization: Australian Bureau of Statistics
Contact information:bill.mclennan@abs.gov.au


SURVEY DESIGN & OBJECTIVES

- Independent survey

- to measure the daily activity patterns of people in Australia to establish current Australian time use profile
- to study the differences in patterns of paid work and unpaid household and community work by sex and other characteristics; and
- to make comparisons with the 1992 survey to identify changes in patterns of time use

METHOD OF DATA COLLECTION

Self-completed 24-hour diary

SURVEY INSTRUMENTS

Description
Open diary with chronological recording of activities

Recording of simultaneous activities
One secondary activity

Context variables
For whom; communication/technology used; physical location; spatial location; mode of transport; with whom

ACTIVITY CLASSIFICATION

1997 Australian Time Use Activity Classification: 3-digit level; 10 major groups; 69 2-digit level groups

TIME SAMPLE
Covers whole year on a periodic (quarterly) basis; each respondent provides data for specified two consecutive days; all days of the week surveyed in equal proportions; school and public holidays represented in approximately same proportion as occurred during the year

REFERENCE POPULATION

Description
National; household population (excluding 175,000 persons living in remote and sparsely settled parts of Australia); all household members 15 years old or over, with some exceptions

Sample selection
All eligible household members in about 4,100 sample households were selected, yielding about 14,300 diary days; 72% household response rate; 84% individual response rate

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