ABOUT THIS PUBLICATION
This publication presents information about the types of places where people work with particular focus on people who worked at home.
The statistics in this publication were compiled from the Locations of Work survey. This survey was conducted throughout Australia in November 2008 as a supplement to the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) monthly Labour Force Survey (LFS).
The survey provides information about employed people, aged 15 years and over, who were at work in either their main or second job in the reference week. Further details were collected about their locations of work and the number of locations at which they worked and the working arrangements of people who worked at home. It also presents information about the use of information technology, leave entitlements and the main reason for working at home. This information can be cross-classified by a range of demographic statistics such as age, sex, marital status and country of birth.
CHANGES IN THIS ISSUE
A number of new data items have been included in this survey. These are 'State or territory of workplace in main job', 'Region of workplace in main job', 'Location of workplace in main job', 'Occupation and Industry of second job' and 'Whether usually worked at home in main/second job'.
The data item 'Whether had children under 15 years' presented in the 2005 publication has been renamed 'Number of children in family aged under 15 years' to more accurately describe the data item.
From 2008, changes have been made to the data items 'All locations of work' and 'Main location of work': The categories 'Employer's or client's workplace', 'Own workplace' and 'Other workplace' presented in the 2005 publication have been removed as this information was not collected. The category 'Employer's or client's home' has been split into 'Employer's home' and 'Client's home'. The category 'Business premises' presented in the 2005 publication has been renamed 'Workplace'.
The November 2008 Locations of Work survey included changes to the way in which hours usually worked at home in main and/or second job were collected. As a result of this change users should exercise care when comparing hours usually worked at home in main and/or second job in this publication with previous releases. For more information see paragraph 20 of the Explanatory Notes.
NOTES ABOUT THE ESTIMATES
Sample reductions in the Labour Force survey, (see Information Paper: Labour Force Survey Sample Design, Nov 2007 (Second edition) (cat. no. 6269.0)), resulted in the Locations of Work survey sample being approximately one-third smaller than the sample size in November 2005.
As estimates have been rounded, discrepancies may occur between sums of the component items and totals.
For further information about these and related statistics, contact the National Information and Referral Service on 1300 135 070 or Labour Market Section on Canberra (02) 6252 7206.