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    NAME OF ORGANISATION
    Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS)

    OVERVIEW

    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.

    PURPOSE

    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.

    SCOPE

    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:

    • members of the permanent defence forces;
    • certain diplomatic personnel of overseas governments, customarily excluded from census and estimated populations;
    • overseas residents in Australia; and
    • members of non-Australian defence forces (and their dependants) stationed in Australia.

    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).

    DATA DETAIL

    Conceptual framework

    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.

    Main outputs
    POPULATIONS

    Population 1: All persons
    Population 2: Persons in the labour force at some time during the year ending February
    Population 3: Persons who worked at some time during the year ending February
    Population 4: Persons who looked for work at some time during the year ending February
    Population 5: Persons who were not in the labour force at some time during the year ending February

    DATA ITEMS

    State or territory of usual residence
    Area of usual residence
    Region of usual residence
    Sex
    Marital status
    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

    Classifications

    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)

    Not applicable

    GEOGRAPHIC DETAIL
    Australia
    New South Wales
    Victoria
    Queensland
    South Australia
    Western Australia
    Tasmania
    Northern Territory
    ACT
    Part of State Metropolitan
    Part of State Extra-Metropolitan

    Comments and/or Other Regions

    Not all data available for all areas.

    COLLECTION FREQUENCY
    Other

    Frequency comments

    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.

    COLLECTION HISTORY

    The Labour Force Experience was collected annually from 1979 until 1995. Since February 1995 the survey has been biennial.

    DATA AVAILABILITY
    Yes

    Data availability comments

    Publication Labour Force Experience, Australia (ABS cat. no. 6206.0)


    DATE OF LAST UPDATE FOR THIS DOCUMENT
    02/09/2009 09:28 AM



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