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QUALITY DECLARATION - SUMMARY
For further details on the content of the CURF, please see the data items list.
The reference period for the May 2006 Survey of Employee Earnings and Hours survey was the last pay period ending on or before 19 May 2006. Results from the survey were released on 20 April 2007 in the publication, Employee Earnings and Hours, Australia, May 2006 (cat. no. 6306.0). Development of the CURF commenced in mid-2008, following a feasibility study.
The EEH CURF contains individual employee level data (unit records) while the EEH publication contains aggregate data. Along with unit record data, the CURF contains finer levels of detail for data items than what is otherwise published. For more information on the level of detail provided in the CURF please see the data items list.
Steps to confidentialise the data made available on the CURF are taken in such a way as to maximise the usefulness of the content while maintaining the confidentiality of respondents to ABS statistical collections. As a result, it may not be possible to exactly reconcile all statistics produced from the CURF with previously published statistics. However, these differences are not significant and should not diminish the value of the CURF in analysis.
The steps taken to preserve confidentiality include:
For more information on the survey methodology, see Employee Earnings and Hours, Australia, Expanded CURF, Technical Manual (cat. no. 6306.0.55.002). For information on the survey sample size and response rates see the Explanatory Notes in Employee Earnings and Hours, Australia, May 2006 (cat. no. 6306.0).
The ABS has conducted the Survey of Employee Earnings and Hours has been conducted since 1974, and is currently conducted on a two-yearly basis. The key changes made to the survey since 1974 are outlined in chapter 30 of Labour Statistics: Concepts, Sources and Methods (cat. no. 6102.0.55.001).
Employee Earnings and Hours, Australia, Expanded CURF, Technical Manual (cat. no. 6306.0.55.002) is a key source for consultation when using the CURF. It includes survey objectives, methods and design; survey content; data quality and interpretation; output data items; information about the availability of results; and the content of the CURF file.
Further information about the Survey of Employee Earnings and Hours is available in the Explanatory Notes and Technical Note in Employee Earnings and Hours, Australia, May 2006 (cat. no. 6306.0) and in chapter 30 of Labour Statistics: Concepts, Sources and Methods (cat. no. 6102.0.55.001).
CURF microdata are not available to the public without special access being granted. All CURF users are required to read and abide by the 'Responsible Access to ABS Confidentialised Unit Record Files (CURFs) Training Manual'. Application to access a particular CURF microdata can be completed and submitted for approval by following the steps listed in the 'How do I apply for CURFs' Frequently Asked Questions. A full list of available CURFs can be viewed via the 'List of Available CURFs'.
The Basic CURF can be accessed on CD-ROM, in addition to being accessed through the Remote Access Data Laboratory (RADL) and the ABS Data Laboratory (ABSDL). The Expanded CURF can only be accessed through RADL and ABSDL. More detail regarding types and modes of access to CURFs can be found on CURF Access Modes and Levels of Detail web page.
If you have any questions regarding access to CURF Microdata please contact the Microdata Access Strategies Section at <firstname.lastname@example.org> or call (02) 6252 7714.
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