Australian Bureau of Statistics
Labour Force Experience
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NAME OF ORGANISATION
The Labour Force Experience survey collects a range of data about the labour force experiences of persons aged 15 years and over during the 12 month period prior to the survey date. It presents information about time spent in labour force activities, including episodes of work or looking for work, and time spent out of the labour force.
Estimates from the survey are used to monitor the extent and nature of labour force participation over an extended period and to complement gross flows estimates from the monthly Labour Force Survey in the analysis of labour market dynamics. The information is used to construct profiles of various groups within the labour force, particularly those looking for work.
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 - Labour Force Experience Survey
The Labour Force Experience survey also excludes persons aged 70 years and over; visitors to private dwellings, students who were boarding at school, some patients in hospitals and sanatoriums and inmates of reformatories, gaols, etc.
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).
The Labour Force Experience survey is designed to provide information on the labour force experience of the civilian population aged 15 years and over during the year ending February. It allows in particular the analysis of specific groups, such as persons changing labour force status during the period, and is the only source of data for labour force experience over a 12 month period. This topic and the Labour Mobility topic are major sources of data for analysing the dynamic nature of the labour force.
Area of usual residence
Region of usual residence
Relationship in household
Country of birth and period of arrival
Country of birth (1)
Country of birth (2)
Age group (years)
Labour force status at February
Status in employment at February
Full-time or part-time status at February
Industry at February
Occupation at February
Time in the labour force during the year
Time worked during the year
Time not in the labour force during the year
Number of employers/ businesses during the year
Full-time or part-time status of time worked during the year
Time spent looking for work during the year
Number of spells of looking for work during the year
Main activity when not in the labour force
Whether in the labour force at some time during the year
Whether looked for work at some time during the year
Whether worked at some time during the year
Time worked part-time during the year
Time worked full-time during the year
Whether had an unpaid absence from work during the year
Time worked with current employer/business
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 and New Zealand Standard Classification of Occupations (ANZSCO).
Industry: Australia and New Zealand Standard Industrial Classification (ANZSIC 2006).
Other concepts (summary)
Comments and/or Other Regions
Not all data available for all areas.
Similar surveys were conducted in February 1969, 1973, 1975, 1976, 1977. They were then conducted annually from February 1979 to February 1989 and annually from March 1990 to March 1994. Since February 1995 the survey has been biennial.
The Labour Force Experience was collected annually from 1979 until 1995. Since February 1995 the survey has been biennial.
Data availability comments
Publication Labour Force Experience, Australia (ABS cat. no. 6206.0)
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This page last updated 16 September 2010