Identifying and definitional attributes
|Metadata item type:||Indicator|
|Short name:||AHPF PI 3.2.1–Severe or profound core activity limitation, 2019|
|Registration status:||Health, Standard 09/04/2020|
The proportion of people who 'sometimes' or 'always' need help with core activities of daily living (mobility, self-care or communication)
|Indicator set:||Australian Health Performance Framework, 2019 Health, Standard 09/04/2020|
Collection and usage attributes
The number of people who 'sometimes' or 'always' need help with core activities of daily living (mobility, self-care or communication), divided by the number of people in the Australian population. The proportion is expressed as a percentage.
National rates are also expressed directly age-standardised to the 2001 Australian population.
State or territory of usual residence and geographic remoteness, age group and sex are based upon survey response for that individual.
95% confidence intervals and relative standard errors are calculated for rates.
100 × (Numerator ÷ Denominator)
Number of persons who 'sometimes' or 'always' need help with core activities of daily living.
|Numerator data elements:|
Total Australian population.
See Disability, Ageing and Carers, Australia: Summary of Findings, 2015 (ABS 2018) for detail on inclusion and exclusion criteria.
|Denominator data elements:|
2009, 2012, 2015—Nationally, by:
2009, 2012, 2015—State and territory, by:
Remoteness data for 2015 uses the Remoteness Structure within the 2011 Australian Statistical Geography Standard (ASGS), while data for 2009 and 2012 use the Remoteness Structure within the 2006 Australian Standard Geographical Classification (ASGC).
Crude and age-specific percentages are provided for all persons at the national level. Crude percentages are provided for all other disaggregations.
|Disaggregation data elements:|
Most recent data available for 2019 Australian Health Performance Framework reporting: 2015.
Data for 2009 and 2012 were from the ABS Survey of Disability, Ageing and Carers (SDAC) run in these years. Similar data elements were used to those listed for the 2015 SDAC.
The SDAC collects data from private dwellings and establishments providing long term cared accommodation. Usual residents in sampled private dwellings are surveyed by a representative of the ABS. Survey responses for usual residents in sampled establishments are prepared by the residential establishment itself. For establishments, occupants are only enumerated if they had been or are expected to be a usual resident of an establishment for 3 months or more.
The scope of the SDACs has changed across the years. Differences in scope are:
|Unit of measure:||Person|
Indicator conceptual framework
|Framework and dimensions:||2. Human function|
Data source attributes
Australian Health Performance Framework
Source and reference attributes
Australian Institute of Health and Welfare
Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS)
ABS (Australian Bureau of Statistics) 2010. Disability, Ageing and Carers, Australia: Summary of Findings, 2009. ABS cat. no. 4430.0. Canberra: ABS. Viewed 18 November 2019,
ABS 2013. Disability, Ageing and Carers, Australia: Summary of Findings, 2012. ABS cat. no. 4430.0. Canberra: ABS. Viewed 18 November 2019,
ABS 2018. Disability, Ageing and Carers, Australia: Summary of Findings, 2015. ABS cat. no. 4430.0. Canberra: ABS. Viewed 18 November 2019,