WHAT'S NEW IN LABOUR FORCE
2011 CENSUS AND LABOUR FORCE POPULATIONS
The ABS released preliminary estimates of the Australian population on 20 June 2012 in Australian Demographic Statistics, December Quarter 2011 (cat. no. 3101.0) using information from the 2011 Census of Population and Housing. Based on the results of the 2011 Census and the 2011 Census Post Enumeration Survey, estimates of Australia's population for the June quarter 2011 have been revised down by 294,400 persons. These preliminary estimates will be finalised in June 2013, when the measurements of Australian residents temporarily overseas on Census night and the components of population growth between the censuses are finalised (that is, births, deaths, net overseas migration and net interstate migration for the period 2006 to 2011).
The ABS routinely updates the labour force series every five years, following the release of finalised population estimates that result from a Census. In mid-2013, the ABS will recalculate the labour force estimates in line with the final 2011 Census-based population estimates. Until then, labour force population benchmarks will continue to be based on the series projected from the 2006 Census. As a result, the Labour Force benchmarks of the working age population will not match the levels of the latest 2011 Census-based population estimates, but the month-to-month movements will be in line with the most up-to-date projections of quarterly population growth.