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4913.0 - Pregnancy and Employment Transitions, Australia, Nov 2011 Quality Declaration 
Latest ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 16/11/2012   
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Care should be taken when comparing results from the November 2011 Pregnancy and Employment Transitions survey to the November 2005 Pregnancy and Employment Transitions survey.

The November 2011 Pregnancy and Employment Transitions survey was redeveloped to better capture information on:

  • job details and types of leave taken while women were pregnant;
  • job details about women's first job started or returned to since the birth of the child;
  • women with a child under 2 years, job at November 2011;
  • partners job details and types of leave taken while women were pregnant;
  • job details about partner's first job started or returned to since the birth of the child; and
  • partners job details at November 2011.

Paid Parental Leave (PPL) and Baby Bonus were only asked of women who either, worked in a job or business while pregnant, or, who had a job or business they were away from during their pregnancy and did not leave that job before the birth of their child.

Data relating to PPL was collected of approximately 42% of women with children aged under 2 years. This is due to a combination of when the PPL scheme was introduced, in January 2011, and the sample of the survey covering a range of women with a child under the age of 2 (child ages from 0–23 months). Women whose child was aged 12 months and over would not have been entitled to the PPL scheme, only entitled to receiving the Baby Bonus, pending eligibility requirements.

Women who were employees (excluding owner managers of incorporated enterprises (OMIEs)) have been are classified as 'With paid leave entitlements' if they were entitled to paid sick leave and/or paid holiday leave. In all other cases, employees have been classified 'Without paid leave entitlements'.

Full-time or part-time status in job while pregnant after change in hours are calculated on the hours reported by women immediately before stopping work for the birth of child. This item is presented in Tables 7, 8 and 11.

Other paid leave comprises of paid sick leave and any other type of paid leave, and other unpaid leave comprises of parental leave and any other type of unpaid leave.

Information about taking types of paid leave (paid maternity, paid holiday or long service leave) was collected for women who were employees (excluding OMIEs) in the job while they were pregnant, who were entitled to a type of paid leave. If women were not entitled to any sort of paid leave, information about unpaid leave for the birth of their child was collected.

Information was collected on any other paid leave taken for the birth of the child for women who were entitled to some sort of paid leave (paid maternity, paid holiday, long service leave or paid sick leave).

For all data items relating to personal income of women, partners and other household members, where women either did not know or refused to report:

  • their income; data are classified as 'Refusal' for estimates of income, but are included in sources of income;
  • partner's income; data are classified as 'Refusal' for estimates of income, but are included in sources of income;
  • other household members income; data are classified as 'Refusal' for estimates of income, but are included in sources of income;

For data items relating to combined income, for example 'Weekly income of women and partner' or 'Weekly household income', where women did not know or refused to report an individual case of income, then data for that item is classified as 'Refusal'.

Additionally for estimates relating to income, equivalised income and quintiles, responses that included a refusal or a loss of income, are excluded from these estimates.


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