Australian Bureau of Statistics
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Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS)
This survey collects information on the number and characteristics of persons covered by superannuation schemes. It also provides in less detail information on persons not covered by superannuation schemes who were previously covered.
The survey provides important data used to monitor trends in superannuation coverage and how people fund their retirement. It is regarded as essential by several government departments their development and monitoring of superannuation and income related policy.
This survey is conducted as part of the Monthly Population Survey, which comprises the Labour Force Survey and, in most months, a supplementary survey topic.
SCOPE - Labour Force Survey
The Labour Force Survey includes all persons aged 15 and over except:
From July 1993 Jervis Bay Territory is also excluded from the scope of the survey. Before July 1993 it was included in estimates for the Australian Capital Territory.
SCOPE - Superannuation
The scope of this survey was the same as that used for the Labour Force Survey, except that it is restricted to persons aged 15 to 74 years. Students at boarding school, some patients in hospitals and sanatoriums and inmates of reformatories, goals, etc., persons aged 15 to 20 still at school were also excluded.
From July 1997, all supplementary surveys excluded persons in remote and sparsely settled areas of Australia. The exclusion of these persons has only a minor effect on estimates for individual States or Territories.
COVERAGE - Labour Force Survey
In the Labour Force Survey, coverage rules are applied which aim to ensure that each person is associated with only one dwelling, and hence has only one chance of selection. The chance of a person being enumerated at two separate dwellings in the one survey is considered to be negligible.
Persons who are away from their usual residence for six weeks or less at the time of interview are enumerated at their usual residence (relevant information may be obtained from other usual residents present at the time of the survey).
Superannuation provides a measure of the number and characteristics of wage and salary earners aged 15 to 74 years who are covered by superannuation schemes.
Results of the survey including data tables and analysis were released in publication format, and include the following tables:
PERSONS AGED 15 - 74
PERSONS AGED 45 - 74
PERSONS AGED 45 - 74 COVERED BY A SUPERANNUATION SCHEME
PERSONS AGED 45 - 74 NOT COVERED BY A SUPERANNUATION SCHEME
EMPLOYED PERSONS AGED 15 - 74
EMPLOYED PERSONS AGED 45 - 74 NOT COVERED BY A SUPERANNUATION SCHEME
EMPLOYEES AGED 15 - 74
Demographics: State, Area, Region, Sex, Marital Status, Relationship in Household, Period of Arrival and Age.
Country of Birth: The Standard Australian Classification of Countries (SACC).
Occupation: Australian Standard Classification of Occupations Second Edition (ASCO SE).
Industry: Australia and New Zealand Standard Industrial Classification (ANZSIC).
Other concepts (summary)
Comments and/or Other Regions
Not all data available for all areas.
First conducted in February 1974. Discontinued in November 1995.
1974 Publication introduced as a triennial survey. Scope included all persons aged 15 and over and coverage was determined by respondents membership.
1982 Persons aged 15-20 still at school were excluded from the surveys scope. Coverage expanded to include Life assurance.
1988 Further changes to scope, persons aged 75 and over being excluded from the survey. Coverage determined by whether currently contributing to Super scheme.
1995 More detailed information collected from persons aged 45-74 while less detailed information was collected from persons aged 15-44.
Data availability comments
Publication Superannuation, Australia (ABS Cat. No. 6319.0)
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This page last updated 11 September 2008