Key changes made to Locations of Work Survey include:
REVISION OF POPULATION BENCHMARKS
Revisions are made to population benchmarks for the LFS after each five-yearly Census of Population and Housing. The last such revision was made in February 2004 to take account of the results of the 2001 Census of Population and Housing. Estimates from supplementary surveys conducted from and including February 2004 are therefore based on revised population benchmarks.
CHANGES IN THE SCOPE OF THE SURVEY
From November 2008 the Locations of work survey was conducted in both urban and rural areas in all states and territories, but excluded people living in Indigenous communities in very remote parts of Australia.
REVISION OF DATA ITEMS
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 or second job were collected. From 2008, people did not have to work in their main job, however had to work in a job in the reference week to have their usual hours worked at home in their main job collected. In 2005, only people who actually worked at home in the reference week had their usual hours worked at home in their main job collected. For multiple jobholders in 2008, people had to work in their second job in the reference week to have their usual hours worked at home in second job collected. In 2005, only people who actually worked at home in their second job in the reference week had their usual hours worked at home in their second job collected. Users should exercise care when comparing hours usually worked at home in main and/or second job in this publication with previous releases.