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1136.0 - Directory of Education and Training Statistics, 2004  
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Employment Arrangements and Superannuation, Survey of


For employment queries:
Martin Delaney
Labour Market Section
Australian Bureau of Statistics, Canberra
Telephone (02) 6252 7437
Facsimile (02) 6252 7784

For superannuation queries:
Graeme Thompson
Living Conditions Section
Australian Bureau of Statistics, Canberra
Telephone (02) 6252 5508
Facsimile (02) 6252 6870


The Survey of Employment Arrangements and Superannuation (SEAS) collects information on the diversity of employment arrangements in the Australian workforce, with the focus on those characteristics considered important in identifying newer and emerging working arrangements. SEAS also collects information about people's superannuation coverage, amounts being contributed to people's superannuation, and the amount of superannuation they have accrued.


The survey covered persons aged 15 to 69 years who were usual residents of private dwellings, excluding:

    • overseas residents living in Australia;
    • diplomatic personnel of overseas governments; and
    • members of non-Australian defence forces and their dependants.

SEAS was conducted in urban and rural areas in all states and territories, but excluded people living in sparsely settled areas of Australia. The exclusion of these people has only a minor impact on aggregate estimates for individual states and territories with the exception of the Northern Territory.



Australian Bureau of Statistics 2001, Employment Arrangements and Superannuation, Australia, April to June 2000 (cat. no. 6361.0), ABS, Canberra.

Australian Bureau of Statistics 2001,
Superannuation: Coverage and Financial Characteristics, Australia, April to June 2000 (cat. no. 6360.0), ABS, Canberra.

Data service

Customised tables, in a variety of formats, are available from the ABS upon request.

Release schedule

Data was released on 29 March 2001, except for financial superannuation information which was released in September 2001.



State or territory of usual residence
Section of state
Age group
Marital status
Relationship in household
Country of birth
Year of arrival in Australia

Job Details

Employment type
Job duration
Usual hours and extra hours worked
Working patterns
Preferred working hours
Preferred working patterns
Whether covered by workers compensation or income protection
Whether had work related illness/injury in last 12 months
Found job through employment agency
Usual weekly earnings
Annual income


Employer or business contributions
Personal contributions
Receipt of benefits from superannuation
Main reason not making personal contributions

Education and Training

Level of educational attainment
Main field of study for highest qualification
Year post-school qualification obtained
Age left school
Full-time/part-time study status
Whether studying for a trade or traineeship certificate
Whether apprentice or trainee with employer or business in main job/second job/either job
Whether undertook any of these types of training in last 12 months in main job/second job
    • Attended seminar, workshop or conference for training purposes
    • Undertook on-the-job training
    • Used self-learning package

The complete data item list


Data are available for Australia, states and territories, and section of state.


Information was collected from individual householders by personal interview. In some cases, where survey respondents were unable to report the necessary superannuation information, respondents authorised their funds to provide this to the ABS.

The sample for the survey was approximately 14,000 households, of which 87% were fully responding. In total, about 25,100 people responded to the survey.


Reference Period

April to June 2000

Frequency of Collection

This Survey was first run in 2000. A similar survey will be conducted over the period July to December 2005. The next survey will incorporate the topic retirement and the income arrangements retirees and potential retirees have made to provide for their retirement.

Historical Data

The 2000 collection was the first SEAS. Information on employment arrangements is also provided by the Forms of Employment Survey (FOES), last conducted in 2001 and 1998, and the Working Arrangements Survey, 2003 and 2000. Superannuation data was provided by the Superannuation Survey, 1995.

The conceptual framework used in SEAS to describe major categories of employment is more detailed than that used in FOES. However, to enable comparisons between the two data sets, the classification used in FOES is also available in SEAS.



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