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4 Students at boarding schools, patients in hospitals, residents of homes (e.g. retirement homes, homes for people with disabilities) and inmates of prisons are excluded from all supplementary surveys.
5 The exclusion of people living in very remote areas will have only a minor impact on any aggregate estimates.
6 The estimates in this publication relate to households covered by the survey in October 2010. In the LFS, coverage rules are applied to ensure that each person is associated with only one dwelling, and hence has only one chance of selection in the survey. See Labour Force, Australia (cat. no. 6202.0) for more details.
Concepts, sources and methods
7 For more information about the Labour Force Survey and Labour Force Supplementary Surveys can be found in Labour Statistics: Concepts, Sources and Methods (cat. no. 6102.0.55.001) which is available on the ABS web site http://www.abs.gov.au. Comprehensive discussion and description of the concepts and definitions underpinning Australian labour statistics and the data sources and methods used in the collection and compilation of these statistics are included.
8 Information was collected from any responsible adult (ARA) in the household who was asked to respond on behalf of the household on persons aged 15 years and over.
9 Information was sought from 3612 private dwellings, of which 92.9% fully responded.
10 The Labour Force Survey is based on a multi-stage area sample of private dwellings (houses, flats, etc.) and a list sample of non-private dwellings (hotels, motels, etc.).
11 This supplementary survey comprised a series of additional questions asked at the end of each Labour Force Survey interview. The interviews were conducted over a two-week period during October 2010.
12 Most interviews were conducted by telephone, with the remainder conducted face-to-face.
13 The estimation process for this survey ensures that estimates calibrate exactly to independently produced population totals at broad levels. The known population totals, commonly referred to as 'benchmarks', are produced according to the scope of the survey.
LABOUR FORCE REGIONS
14 The Labour Force Statistical Regions used within this publication are based on the 2006 Australian Standard Geographical Classification system. For further information please see Statistical Region Structure in the Statistical Geography Volume 1 - Australian Standard Geographical Classification (ASGC), Jul 2006 (cat. no. 1216.0).
15 Time series comparisons between the Flexible Working Arrangements in Queensland Survey and various data resources within Australia and international statistical agencies are not recommended due to differences in sampling methodologies.
16 The overall volunteering rate in this survey is in general agreement with the rate observed for Queensland in the 2006 Census of Population and Housing. The estimates for volunteering in the General Social Survey, Australia, 2006 (cat. no. 4159.0) were higher and the difference can be explained due to the different methodologies used.
RELIABILITY OF THE ESTIMATES
17 Estimates in this publication are subject to sampling and non-sampling errors. For further information refer to the Technical Notes.
EFFECTS OF ROUNDING
18 Estimates have been rounded so discrepancies may occur between sums of the component items and totals. Published percentages are calculated prior to rounding of the figures and therefore some discrepancy may occur between these percentages and those that could be calculated from the rounded figures.
19 ABS surveys draw extensively on information provided 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.
20 Users may also wish to refer to the following ABS publications:
Working Time Arrangements, Australia (cat. no. 6342.0)
Employment Arrangements, Retirement and Superannuation, User Guide, Australia, April to July 2007 (cat. no. 6361.0.55.002)
Managing Caring Responsibilities and Paid Employment, Queensland, Oct 2002 (cat. no. 4903.3)
General Social Survey, Queensland, 2006 (cat. no. 4159.3.55.001)
Workforce Participation and Workplace Flexibility, Western Australia, October 2010 (cat. no. 6210.5)
21 Further key references on working arrangements and caring responsibilities can be found through the following web sites:
Department of Communities (Queensland Government)
22 Current publications and other products released by the ABS are available from the Statistics page on the ABS web site. The ABS also issues a daily Release Advice on the web site which details products to be released in the week ahead.
ABS DATA AVAILABLE ON REQUEST
23 As well as the statistics included in this publication, the ABS may have other relevant data available on request. Inquiries should be made to the National Information and Referral Service on 1300 135 070.
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