This page contains information on how data was collected for the Explore Your Data website. The following matrix has information about the indicators, indicator questions, response frames and score processing. For more information, see the VicHealth Indicators Survey 2015 webpage.



Indicator

Question

Response frame

Score processing

Base

Wellbeing and safety

Subjective wellbeing [range 0–100]

[Thinking about your own life and your personal circumstances, how satisfied are you with your life as a whole?]

Turning now to various areas of your life...How satisfied are you with…

a)     your standard of living?

b)    your health?

c)     what you are currently achieving in life?

d)    your personal relationships?

e)    how safe you feel?

f)      feeling part of your community?

g)     your future security?

Scale from 0–10, where 0 is completely dissatisfied and 10 is completely satisfied, answered for each domain area.

1) Record number

2) Don’t know

3) Refused

Average scale score.

Average score of 7 domains is combined into a Personal Wellbeing Index score, and converted into a scale maximum score with a range of 0 (completely dissatisfied) to 100 (completely satisfied).

All respondents (excluding ‘Don’t know’ and ‘Refused’)

Satisfaction with life as a whole [range 0–10]

Thinking about your own life and your personal circumstances, how satisfied are you with your life as a whole?

Scale from 0–10, where 0 is completely dissatisfied and 10 is completely satisfied

1) Record number

2) Don’t know

3) Refused

Average scale score.

All respondents (excluding ‘Don’t know’ and ‘Refused’)

Perceptions of safety – walking alone during day

How safe or unsafe do you feel when you are in the following situations? How safe do you feel...?

  • walking in your local area alone during the day?
  • walking in your local area alone after dark?

1) Very safe

2) Safe

3) Neither safe nor unsafe

4) Unsafe

5) Very unsafe

6) Never alone in this situation

7) Don’t know

8) Refused

The percentage of respondents who feel ‘safe’ or ‘very safe’ walking alone in their local area during the day.

All respondents

Perceptions of safety – walking alone after dark

How safe or unsafe do you feel when you are in the following situations? How safe do you feel...?

  • walking in your local area alone during the day?
  • walking in your local area alone after dark?

1) Very safe

2) Safe

3) Neither safe nor unsafe

4) Unsafe

5) Very unsafe

6) Never alone in this situation

7) Don’t know

8) Refused

The percentage of respondents who feel ‘safe’ or ‘very safe’ walking alone in their local area after dark.

All respondents

Mental wellbeing

Resilience [range 0–8]

Able to adapt to change…

Tend to bounce back after illness or hardship*

*actual question text is proprietary to CD-RISC 2 questionnaire and thus cannot be reproduced here.

1) Not true at all (scored 0)

2) Rarely true (scored 1)

3) Sometimes true (scored 2)

4) Often true (scored 3)

5) True nearly all the time (scored 4)

6) Don't know

7) Refused

Average scale score.

Scale score is sum of the two item scores for the two items on a scale of 0–8.

All respondents (excluding ‘Don’t know’ and ‘Refused’)

Perceptions of neighbourhood – ‘people are willing to help each other’

Now some general questions about your neighbourhood:

On a scale of 1 to 7, where 1 is ‘strongly disagree’ and 7 is ‘strongly agree’, do you agree or disagree that…?

a)     “People around here are willing to help their neighbours.”

b)    “This is a close-knit neighbourhood.”

c)     “People in this neighbourhood can be trusted.”

Scale from 1–7, where 1 is strongly disagree and 7 is strongly agree

1) Record number
2) Don’t know
3) Refused

The percentage of respondents who agree with statement a (score = 5|6|7).

All respondents

Perceptions of neighbourhood – ‘this is a close-knit neighbourhood’

Now some general questions about your neighbourhood:

On a scale of 1 to 7, where 1 is strongly disagree and 7 is strongly agree, do you agree or disagree that…?

a)     “People around here are willing to help their neighbours.”

b)    “This is a close-knit neighbourhood.”

c)     “People in this neighbourhood can be trusted.”

Scale from 1–7, where 1 is strongly disagree and 7 is strongly agree

1) Record number

2) Don’t know

3) Refused

The percentage of respondents who agree with statement b (score = 5|6|7).

All respondents

Perceptions of neighbourhood – ‘people can be trusted’

Now some general questions about your neighbourhood:

On a scale of 1 to 7, where 1 is strongly disagree and 7 is strongly agree, do you agree or disagree that…?

a)     “People around here are willing to help their neighbours.”

b)    “This is a close-knit neighbourhood.”

c)     “People in this neighbourhood can be trusted.”

Scale from 1–7, where 1 is strongly disagree and 7 is strongly agree

1) Record number

2) Don’t know

3) Refused

The percentage of respondents who agree with statement c (score = 5|6|7)

All respondents

Low gender equality in relationships score

The statements I’m about to read out describe different attitudes that people have. Please tell me whether you strongly agree, somewhat agree, somewhat disagree or strongly disagree.

a)    “Men should take control in relationships and be the head of the household.”

b)   “Women prefer a man to be in charge of the relationship.”

Scale from 1–5, where 1 is strongly agree and 5 is strongly disagree

1) Record number

2) Don’t know

3) Refused

Percentage with low gender equality score.

Score for each question multiplied by 10, then both question scores summed. Low gender equality is score <70.

All respondents (excluding those for whom gender equality could not be calculated due to ‘Don’t know’ or ‘Refused’)

Physical activity and sedentary behaviour

Physical activity frequency

0 days per week

In a usual week, on how many days do you do a total of 30 min or more of physical activity, which was enough to raise your breathing rate?

This may include sport, exercise and brisk walking or cycling for recreation or to get to and from places, but should not include housework, gardening or physical activity that may be part of your job.

1) None

2) Number of days given (1 – 7)

3) Not applicable

4) Don’t know

5) Refused

The percentage of respondents selecting ‘None’.

All respondents

1 to 3 days per week

In a usual week, on how many days do you do a total of 30 min or more of physical activity, which was enough to raise your breathing rate?

This may include sport, exercise and brisk walking or cycling for recreation or to get to and from places, but should not include housework, gardening or physical activity that may be part of your job.

1) None

2) Number of days given (1 – 7)

3) Not applicable

4) Don’t know

5) Refused

The percentage of respondents reporting 1–3 days.

All respondents

4 or more days per week

In a usual week, on how many days do you do a total of 30 min or more of physical activity, which was enough to raise your breathing rate?

This may include sport, exercise and brisk walking or cycling for recreation or to get to and from places, but should not include housework, gardening or physical activity that may be part of your job.

1) None

2) Number of days given (1 – 7)

3) Not applicable

4) Don’t know

5) Refused)

The percentage of respondents reporting 4+ days.

All respondents

Organised physical activity

Participation in any organised physical activity

Is the [<name of sport/physical activity>] organised by a club, association or other organisation?

1) Yes

2) No

3) Don’t know

4) Refused

The percentage of respondents answering ‘Yes’.

All respondents

Organised by a fitness, leisure or indoor sports centre

What type of club, association or organisation organised the [<name of sport/physical activity>]?

1)       Fitness, leisure or indoor sports centre

2)       Sports club or association

3)       Recreation club or association (e.g., bushwalking club)

4)       Work

5)       Educational Institution (e.g., Tafe, University)

6)       Physical activity courses

7)       Private business (e.g., private personal training, pilates or yoga studio)

8)       Community fitness programs/events

9)       Other (specify)

10)   Don’t know

11)   Refused

The percentage of respondent participating in sport via a fitness, leisure or indoor sports centre.

All respondents

Organised by a sports club or association

What type of club, association or organisation organised the [<name of sport/physical activity>]?

1)       Fitness, leisure or indoor sports centre

2)       Sports club or association

3)       Recreation club or association (e.g., bushwalking club)

4)       Work

5)       Educational Institution (e.g., Tafe, University)

6)       Physical activity courses

7)       Private business (e.g., private personal training, pilates or yoga studio)

8)       Community fitness programs/events

9)       Other (specify)

10)   Don’t know

11)   Refused

The percentage of respondents participating in sport via a sports club or association.

All respondents

Non-organised physical activity

Participation in any non-organised physical activity

Is the [<name of sport/physical activity>] organised by a club, association or other organisation?

1)       Yes

2)       No

3)       Don’t know

4)       Refused

The percentage of respondents answering ‘No’.

All respondents

Activity type – walking

What are the three main types of physical activities that you USUALLY do?

Free response

The percentage of respondents reporting ‘Walking’ as one of their top three physical activity types AND reporting it as a non-organised activity type.

All respondents

Activity type – jogging or running

What are the three main types of physical activities that you USUALLY do?

Free response

The percentage of respondents reporting ‘Jogging’ or ‘Running’ as one of their top three physical activity types AND reporting it as a non-organised activity type.

All respondents

Activity type – cycling

What are the three main types of physical activities that you USUALLY do?

Free response

The percentage of respondents reporting ‘Cycling’ as one of their top three physical activity types AND reporting it as a non-organised activity type.

All respondents

Activity type – gym or fitness

What are the three main types of physical activities that you USUALLY do?

Free response

The percentage of respondents reporting ‘Gym’ or ‘Fitness’ as one of their top three physical activity types AND reporting it as a non-organised activity type.

All respondents

Activity type – swimming

What are the three main types of physical activities that you USUALLY do?

Free response

The percentage of respondents reporting ‘Swimming’ as one of their top three physical activity types AND reporting it as a non-organised activity type.

All respondents

Participates alone

Who do you usually do the [<name of sport/physical activity>] with?

1)       By yourself

2)       With friends/family

3)       Other (specify)

4)       Don’t know

5)       Refused

The percentage of respondents selecting ‘By yourself’.

All respondents

Participates with someone

Who do you usually do the [<name of sport/physical activity>] with?

1)       By yourself

2)       With friends/family

3)       Other (specify)

4)       Don’t know

5)       Refused

The percentage of respondents selecting ‘With friends/family’ OR ‘Other’, where ‘other’ is not a pet.

All respondents

Sedentary behaviour at work

Time spent sitting on usual work day (hours: minutes)

The following question is about sitting at work, including meal and snack breaks and time spent sitting at a desk. How much time do you spend sitting at work on a usual work day?

Free response

The percentage of respondents who spend 6 or more hours sitting in a typical work day.

Those aged between 18 and 64 years who work 35 or more hours a week

Healthy eating

Number of serves of vegetables per day

Now some questions about food. How many serves of vegetables do you USUALLY eat each day – a ‘serve’ is ½ cup of cooked vegetables or 1 cup of salad vegetables.
NB: ‘Vegetables’ includes potatoes, hot potato chips, but excludes potato crisps and excludes vegetable juice.

1) Record number of serves PER DAY

2) Don’t know

3) Refused

Average number of serves per day.

All respondents (excluding ‘Don’t know’ and ‘Refused’)

Number of serves of fruit per day

How many serves of fruit do you USUALLY eat each day – a ‘serve’ is 1 medium piece or 2 small pieces of fruit or 1 cup of diced pieces.
NB: Excludes fruit juice.

1) Record number of serves PER DAY

2) Don’t know

3) Refused

Average number of serves per day.

All respondents (excluding ‘Don’t know’ and ‘Refused’)

Eats take-away meals/snacks at least three times a week

How often do you eat take-away meals and snacks that are bought from fast food or take-away food outlets? Examples could be pizza, hamburgers, hot chips.

1)       Most days (6–7 times per week)

2)       3–5 times per week

3)       1–2 times per week

4)       2–3 times per month

5)       Once per month

6)       Less than once per month

7)       Never

8)       Don’t know

9)       Refused

The percentage of respondents selecting ‘Most days’ or ‘3–5 times per week’

All respondents

No water consumed per day

How many cups of water do you usually drink in a day? 1 cup = 250ml or a household cup. 1 average 600ml bottle of water = 2.5 cups.

Number of cups per day given or number of litres per day given 

The percentage of respondents reporting zero cups of water per day.

All respondents

Number of cups of water consumed per day

How many cups of water do you usually drink in a day? 1 cup = 250ml or a household cup. 1 average 600ml bottle of water = 2.5 cups.

Number of cups per day given or number of litres per day given 

Average cups per day.

All respondents (excluding ‘Don’t know’ and ‘Refused’)

Alcohol

At risk of short-term harm each month

How often do you drink five or more standard drinks in a single session? A standard drink is equal to 1 pot of full strength beer, 1 small glass of wine or 1 pub-sized nip of spirits.

1) Every day

2) 5–6 days a week

3) 3–4 days a week

4) 1–2 days a week

5) 2–3 days a month

6) About 1 day a month

7) Less often

8) Never

9) Don’t know

10) Refused

Percentage of people drinking five or more standard drinks in a single session at least once a month.

All respondents

At very high risk of short-term harm each month

How often do you drink 11 or more standard drinks in a single session? A standard drink is equal to 1 pot of full strength beer, 1 small glass of wine or 1 pub-sized nip of spirits. 

1) Every day

2) 5–6 days a week

3) 3–4 days a week

4) 1–2 days a week

5) 2–3 days a month

6) About 1 day a month

7) Less often

8) Never

9) Don’t know

10) Refused

Percentage of people drinking 11 or more standard drinks in a single session at least once a month.

All respondents

Alcohol culture – “Getting drunk every now and then is okay”

Do you PERSONALLY agree or disagree that getting drunk every now and then is okay? By ‘getting drunk’ I mean drinking to the point of losing balance.

Scale from 1–5, where 1 is strongly agree and 5 is strongly disagree

1) Record number

2) Don’t know

3) Refused

Percentage of people agreeing or strongly agreeing with the question statement.

All respondents