3240.0 - Residential and Workplace Mobility, and Implications for Travel: NSW and Vic., October 2008 Quality Declaration 
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This publication summarises results from the 2008 State Supplementary Survey, Residential and Workplace Mobility, and Implications for Travel. The survey was conducted throughout New South Wales (NSW) and Victoria (Vic.) during the two weeks commencing Sunday 5th October 2008.

Survey Sample Design

The survey was conducted as a supplement to the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) Monthly Population Survey (MPS). The MPS is based on a multistage area sample of private dwellings (houses, flats, etc) and a list sample of non-private dwellings (hotels, motels etc). Of note, this 2008 State Supplementary Survey excluded non-private dwellings (see Scope for further details).

For details of the design, scope and coverage of the MPS, readers should refer to the Information Paper: Labour Force Survey Sample Design, 2007 (cat. no. 6269.0), and any recent edition of the ABS publication Labour Force, Australia (cat. no. 6202.0).

4 The Labour Force Statistical Regions used within this publication are based on the 2001 Australian Standard Geographical Classification system. For further information please see Section 5 Statistical Region Structure in the Australian Standard Geographical Classification (ASGC), 2001 (cat. no. 1216.0).


Information was collected from one responsible adult per household by either a face-to-face or telephone interview. Respondents answered questions on behalf of all household members. The survey was conducted using seven-eighths of the full sample of private dwellings in NSW and Victoria that were included in the MPS. The following people were excluded:

    • persons aged under 18 years;
    • members of the permanent defence forces;
    • certain diplomatic personnel of overseas governments, customarily excluded from censuses and surveys;
    • overseas residents in Australia;
    • members of non-Australian defence forces (and their dependents) stationed in Australia;
    • private dwellings containing visitors only;
    • visitors to the household; and
    • residents of non-private dwellings such as hospitals, hotels, motels and prisons.

The survey was conducted in both urban and rural areas throughout NSW and Victoria, but excluded people living in very remote areas who would otherwise have been within the scope of the survey. The exclusion of these people had only a minor impact on any aggregate estimates.


Coverage rules were applied to ensure that each person was associated with only one dwelling, and hence had only one chance of selection in the survey.

Information was sought on 15,541 persons living in NSW and Victoria and a full response was collected for 14,377 (93%) of these people.

Reference period

9 The reference period for all tables is October 2008.

Effects of rounding

Estimates have been rounded, and discrepancies may occur between sums of the component items and totals.


ABS publications draw extensively on information provided freely by individuals, businesses, governments and other organisations. Their continued cooperation is very much appreciated. Without it, the wide range of statistics published by the ABS would not be available. Information received by the ABS is treated in strict confidence as required by the Census and Statistics Act (1905).

Related publications

12 The ABS produces a wide range of publications relating to social, housing and demographic statistics. Current publications and other products released by the ABS are available from the Statistics View. The ABS also issues a daily Release Advice on the ABS website http://www.abs.gov.au which details products to be released in the week ahead.

Data available on request

13 Inquiries about these statistics and more detailed statistics than those presented in this publication should be made by contacting the National Information and Referral Service on 1300 135 070 or Larissa Wharton in Sydney on (02) 9268 4376.