National and state work summary tables
Data sources and definitions
Labour force transitions
This article focuses on month to month transitions in labour force status for young, prime working age and mature age workers. In 2004, a greater proportion of young people changed labour force status from one month to the next, compared with prime working or mature age people. Unemployment was the most common state from which people moved from one month to the next.
Demand for nurses is widely anticipated to grow as the Australian population increases and ages. Over a 15 year period to 2001, there was an 8% decrease in the number of nursing workers in the hospital sector and a 22% decrease in the aged care sector. The characteristics of nursing workers such as age, part-time and full time hours, earnings and regional differences are explored in this article as are issues affecting the future supply of nursing workers.
Casual employment has increased over the last two decades and stood at 26% of employees in 2003. Casual employees are more likely to be female, aged 15-24 years and employed in lower skilled occupations than ongoing employees. This article discusses the characteristics of casual employees, including age, sex, industry, occupation and earnings.
Labour force characteristics of people with a disability
People with a disability have lower levels of labour force participation and employment than people without a disability. This article explores the association between disability and labour force characteristics such as labour force participation and unemployment, long-term unemployment, employment restrictions experienced, and extent of reliance on income support payments. For those employed, job characteristics and employment arrangements are examined.