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LABOUR MOBILITY SURVEY
The survey is conducted in both urban and rural areas in all states and territories, but excludes people living in very remote parts of Australia. Students at boarding schools, patients in hospitals, residents of homes (e.g. retirement homes, homes for people with disabilities), and inmates of prisons are also excluded.
The 52 weeks up to the end of the week prior to interview.
Frequency of Collection
Method of collection
The Labour Mobility survey is conducted throughout Australia in February as a supplement to the ABS monthly Labour Force Survey (LFS). Information is collected from a responsible adult on behalf of household members. Trained interviewers conduct most interviews (70%) over the telephone, and the remainder are conducted face-to-face.
People who have worked with their current employer/business for less than 12 months, are asked whether they have changed their employer/business in the previous 12 months. Those who have changed employer/business are then asked if they have changed their occupation, industry, usual hours worked or employment type between their last and current employer/business.
Those who have not changed their employer/business in the previous 12 months consist of people who are working with their current employer/business for less than 12 months and reported they had not changed, and those people who have worked with their employer/business at February 2008 for one year or more.
The results of supplementary surveys are released approximately six months after the survey reference period.
Labour Mobility, Australia, Feb 2008 (ABS cat. no. 6209.0)
Labour Force Survey and Labour Mobility, Australia: Basic and Expanded Confidentialised Unit Record Files, Technical Manual, Feb 2008 (ABS cat. no. 6202.0.30.005)
Data are available for Australia, states and territories.
The publication tables are available as Excel data cubes, with each table of estimates matched by a relative standard error table. Customised tables are available on request, as a charged service.
Microdata: Labour Force Survey and Labour Mobility, Basic and Expanded CURF, Australia, 2008, Feb 2008 (ABS cat. no. 6202.0.30.004) contains data from both the LFS and the related Labour Mobility supplementary survey.
State or territory of usual residence
Area of usual residence
Region of usual residence
Relationship in household
Country of birth
Year of arrival in Australia
Highest year of school completed
Level of highest non-school qualification
Level of highest educational attainment
Normal labour force variables, plus
Industry of employment
Occupation in job
Results of similar surveys, conducted in November 1972, February 1975 and 1976, annually from February 1979 to February 1992, then biennially from February 1994 to February 2004, were published in Labour Mobility, Australia (ABS cat. no. 6209.0). Results of the biennial surveys (1994–2004) can be downloaded from the 'Past & Future Releases' tab of the electronic publication.
The introduction of ANZSCO First Edition and ANZSIC 2006 have meant that data relating to change in occupation and industry in the February 2008 survey are not comparable with previous years.
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