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Definition

Key demographic set for use in Computer Assisted Telephone Interviewing (CATI) health surveys. It is intended to be used by anyone conducting population health surveys using the CATI mode, such as State/Territory government health agencies. This data set is to standardise demographic collection in all CATI surveys of health topics, such as CATI asthma and CATI diabetes surveys.

The standardisation of the collection of health survey data is a major focus of the National Public Health Partnership (NPHP) work plan. The CATI demographic module DSS is not mandated for collection but recommended as best practice.

Metadata items in this Data Set Specification

Below is a list of all the components within this Dataset Specification.
Each entry includes the item name, whether the item is optional, mandatory or conditional and the maximum times the item can occur in a dataset.
If the items must occur in a particular order in the dataset, the sequence number is included before the item name.


Data Elements

Reference Data Element Data Type Length Inclusion #
Household—gross income (annual), dollar range code N
Specific Information:

For data collection using Computer Assisted Telephone Interviewing (CATI), the suggested question is:

I would now like to ask you about your household’s income. We are interested in how income relates to health, lifestyle and access to health services.

Before tax is taken out, which of the following ranges best describes your household’s income, from all sources, over the last 12 months?

(Read options: Single response)

Less than $ 20,000

$ 20,000-$ 30,000

$ 30,001-$ 50,000

$ 50,001-$ 100,000

More than $ 100,000

Don’t know/not sure

Refused

Where narrower ranges are required, household annual gross income may be collected in $ 10,000 ranges using the data element Household annual gross income range ($ 10,000 range).

Number 1 optional 1
Household—gross income (annual), ten thousand dollar range code N[N]
Specific Information:

For data collection using Computer Assisted Telephone Interviewing (CATI), the suggested question is:

I would now like to ask you about your household’s income. We are interested in how income relates to health, lifestyle and access to health services.

Before tax is taken out, which of the following ranges best describes your household’s income, from all sources, over the last 12 months?

(Read options: Single response)

Less than $ 10,000

$ 10,000 - $ 20,000

$ 20,001 - $ 30,000

$ 30,001 - $ 40,000

$ 40,001 - $ 50,000

$ 50,001 - $ 60,000

$ 60,001 - $ 70,000

$ 70,001 - $ 80,000

$ 80,001 - $ 90,000

$ 90,001 - $ 100,000

Over $ 100,000

Don’t know/not sure

Refused

Number 2 optional 1
Person (address)—Australian postcode, code (Postcode datafile) {NNNN}
Specific Information:

For data collection using Computer Assisted Telephone Interviewing (CATI) the suggested question is:

What is your postcode?

(Single response)

Enter Postcode

- - optional 1
Person (address)—suburb/town/locality name, text A[A(49)]
Specific Information:

For data collection using Computer Assisted Telephone Interviewing (CATI), the suggested question is:

What is your suburb, town or community?

(Single response)

Enter town/suburb/community.

- - optional 1
Person—age range, code NN
Specific Information:

For some data collection settings, using Computer Assisted Telephone Interviewing (CATI), the suggested question is :

Which age group are you in? Would it be.....

0-4

5-14

15-24

25-34

35-44

45-54

55-64

65-74

75 years or older

Refused

Number 2 optional 1
Person—age, total years N[NN]
Specific Information:

In CATI surveys, age refers to completed age of respondent on day of interview.

If collecting age in single years is not possible, age may be collected as a range. Refer to the data element Person – age range, code NN.

Number 3 optional 1
Person—country of birth, code (SACC 2008) NNNN - - optional 1
Person—date of birth, DDMMYYYY Date/Time 8 optional 1
Person—Indigenous status, code N
Specific Information:

For data collection using Computer Assisted Telephone Interviewing (CATI) the suggested questions are:

Q.1 Are you of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander origin?

Yes - go to Q.2

No – no more questions

Q.2 Are you of Aboriginal origin, Torres Strait Islander origin, or both?

Aboriginal

Torres Strait Islander

Both Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander

Number 1 optional 1
Person—marital status, code N
Specific Information:

For data collection using Computer Assisted Telephone Interviewing (CATI) the recommended question is:

Which of the following best describes your current marital status?

(Read options. Single response. Interviewer note: ‘De facto’ equals ‘Living with partner’)

Married

Living with partner

Widowed

Divorced

Separated

Never married

Not stated/inadequately described (this category is not read out by interviewer)

Number 1 optional 1
Person—sex, code N
Specific Information:

For data collections using the Computer Assisted Telephone Interview demographic module DSS, only Codes 1 and 2 are collected.

For data collection using Computer Assisted Telephone Interviewing (CATI) it is recommended that sex be ascertained by the interviewer on the basis of information already collected or other cues such as voice or name. If the interviewer is unsure of the respondent’s sex the following question may be used:

As this interview is being conducted over the phone, I need to ask are you male or female?

Male

Female

(Interviewer note: If respondent provides any response that can’t be categorised to male or female, terminate interview.)

Number 1 optional 1
Person—year of first arrival in Australia, date YYYY
Conditional Inclusion:
Conditional on respondent being from a country that is not Australia.
Date/Time 4 conditional 1

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Relation Count
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As a denominator in an Indicator 0
As a disaggregation in an Indicator 0