Establishment—full-time equivalent staff (paid) (social workers), average NNNN.NN

Identifying and definitional attributes

Metadata item type:Data Element
Short name:Full-time equivalent staff—social workers
METeOR identifier:722537
Registration status:Health, Standard 16/01/2020
Definition:

The average number of full-time equivalent staff units paid for all social workers within an establishment.

Data element concept attributes

Identifying and definitional attributes

Data element concept:Establishment—full-time equivalent staff (paid) (social workers)
METeOR identifier:287694
Registration status:Health, Standard 08/12/2004
ACT Health, Final 17/08/2018
Definition:The aggregate full-time equivalent staff units paid for all social workers within an establishment.
Context:

Health expenditure:

To assist in analyses of the resource use and activity of health services. Inclusion of these data, classified by staffing category, allows analysis of costs per unit of labour and analysis of staffing inputs against hospital or service unit outputs.

Object class:Establishment
Property:Full-time equivalent staff

Collection and usage attributes

Guide for use:

Full-time equivalent staff units are the on-job hours paid for (including overtime) and hours of paid leave of any type for a staff member (or contract employee where applicable) divided by the number of ordinary-time hours normally paid for a full-time staff member when on the job (or contract employee where applicable) under the relevant award or agreement for the staff member (or contract employee occupation where applicable). Hours of unpaid leave are to be excluded.

Contract staff employed through an agency are included where the contract is for the supply of labour (e.g. nursing) rather than of products (e.g. photocopier maintenance). In the former case, the contract would normally specify the amount of labour supplied and could be reported as full-time equivalent units.

Value domain attributes

Identifying and definitional attributes

Value domain:Average full-time equivalent staff NNNN.NN
METeOR identifier:426709
Registration status:Health, Standard 07/12/2011
ACT Health, Final 16/08/2018
Definition:A numeric value representing the arithmetic mean of full-time equivalent units.

Representational attributes

Representation class:Average
Data type:Number
Format:NNNN.NN
Maximum character length:6
Unit of measure:Full-time equivalent (FTE) staff
Unit of measure precision:2

Data element attributes

Collection and usage attributes

Guide for use:

Persons who have completed a course of recognised training and are eligible for membership of the Australian Association of Social Workers.

The average is to be calculated from pay period figures. The length of the pay period is assumed to be a fortnight.

Data on full-time equivalent staffing numbers by category should be consistent with data on salaries and wages by staffing category. If the full-time equivalent for contract staff is not collected then salaries for those contract staff should be included in other recurrent expenditure data items.

Where staff provide services to more than one establishment, full-time equivalent staff members should be apportioned between all establishments to which services are provided on the basis of hours paid for in each (salary costs should be apportioned on the same basis).

Comments:

This metadata item was amended during 1996-97. Until then, both average and end of year counts of full-time equivalent staff were included, and the end of year counts used as surrogates for the average counts if the latter were unavailable. The average count is more useful for accurate analysis of staffing inputs for establishment outputs and for assessments and comparisons of labour costs.

Source and reference attributes

Origin:

National Health Data Committee

Relational attributes

Related metadata references:

Supersedes Establishment—full-time equivalent staff (paid) (social workers), average N[NNN{.N}] Health, Superseded 16/01/2020, ACT Health, Final 17/08/2018

Implementation in Data Set Specifications:

Mental health establishments NMDS 2020–21 Health, Standard 16/01/2020

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