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6206.0 - Labour Force Experience, Australia, Feb 2003  
Previous ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 09/09/2003   
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Advanced diploma/Diploma or below

Advanced diploma/Diploma or below includes qualifications at the Advanced Diploma and Diploma Level, and Certificates I, II, III and IV levels.

Bachelor degree or above

Bachelor degree or above includes qualifications at the Post graduate degree Level, Graduate diploma and graduate certificate Level and Bachelor degree Level.

Employed

All persons aged 15 years and over who, during the reference week:

  • worked for one hour or more for pay, profit, commission or payment in kind in a job or business, or on a farm (comprising employees, employers and own account workers); or
  • worked for one hour or more without pay in a family business or on a farm (i.e. contributing family workers); or
  • were employees who had a job but were not at work and were:
    • away from work for less than four weeks up to the end of the reference week; or
    • away from work for more than four weeks up to the end of the reference week and received pay for some or all of the four week period to the end of the reference week; or
    • away from work as a standard work or shift arrangement; or
    • on strike or locked out; or
    • on workers' compensation and expected to return to their job; or
  • were employers or own account workers, who had a job, business or farm, but were not at work.

Family

Two or more related persons, one of whom is at least 15 years of age, who are related by blood, marriage (registered or de facto), adoption, step or fostering; and who are usually resident in the same household. The basis of a family is formed by identifying the presence of a couple relationship, lone parent-child relationship or other blood relationship. Some households will therefore contain more than one family. Further details on the determination of family relationships are given in Australian Labour Market Statistics (cat. no. 6105.0).

Full-time status of weeks worked during the year

Any weeks of the year that a person perceived that they had worked full-time.

In the labour force at some time during the year

Persons who had worked or looked for work for one week or more during the year.

In the labour force for the whole year

Persons who had either worked or looked for work every week for the whole year.

In the labour force for part of the year

Persons who had either worked or looked for work for one week or more during the year, but had some weeks when neither activity was undertaken.

Level of highest educational attainment

Level of highest educational attainment identifies the highest achievement a person has attained in any area of study. It is defined as the highest educational attainment a person has achieved, and is not a measurement of relative importance of different fields of study.

Higher levels of education are typically characterised by the greater significance of theoretical learning and greater complexity of factual and practical learning. It is derived from a person's highest year of school completed and level of highest non-school educational qualification. The highest qualification completed by the respondent is classified according to the Australian Standard Classification of Education (ASCED) (cat. no. 1272.0). See Appendix 1 for further information.

Level of highest non-school qualification

Non-school qualifications are awarded for educational attainments other than those of pre-primary, primary or secondary education. They include qualifications at the Post Graduate Degree Level, Master Degree Level, Graduate Diploma and Graduate Certificate Level, Bachelor Degree Level, Advanced Diploma and Diploma Level, and Certificates I, II, III and IV levels. Non-school qualifications may be attained concurrently with school qualifications.

In this publication, prior to 2003 those who were still at school were not asked their level of highest non-school qualification.

Looked for work at some time during the year

Persons who looked for work for one week or more during the year.

Main English-speaking countries

Main English-speaking countries are the United Kingdom, Ireland, Canada, South Africa, the United States of America and New Zealand.

Mean duration of time spent looking for work

Obtained by dividing the aggregate number of weeks a group has been looking for work by the number of persons in that group.

Median duration of time spent looking for work

The duration which divides persons who looked for work into two equal groups, one comprising persons whose time spent looking for work during the year is above the median, and the other, persons whose time spent looking is below it.

Multiple job-holders

Employed persons who worked in two or more jobs or held multiple jobs from which they were absent because of holidays, sickness or any other reason. Multiple job-holders exclude those who changed employer.

Not in the labour force at some time during the year

Persons who had neither worked nor looked for work for one week or more during the year.

Number of employers/businesses during the year

The number of employers/businesses a person worked for during the year.

Number of spells of looking for work during the year

The number of different periods, including the current period, during which a person was not working but was looking for a job.

Part-time status of weeks worked during the year

Any weeks of the year that a person perceived they had worked part-time.

Time in the labour force during the year

The total number of weeks a person reported as having either worked or looked for work.

Time not in the labour force during the year

The total number of weeks a person reported as having neither worked nor looked for work.

Time spent looking for work during the year

The total number of weeks a person spent looking for work, while not working.

Time worked during the year

The total number of weeks a person reported as having either worked or been on paid leave. Periods of one week or more on strike or time off without pay are not classified as time worked.

Unemployed

Persons aged 15 years and over who were not employed during the reference week, and:
  • had actively looked for full-time or part-time work at any time in the four weeks up to the end of the reference week and:
    • were available for work in the reference week; or
    • were waiting to start a new job within four weeks from the end of the reference week and could have started in the reference week if the job had been available then.

Worked

Activity in a job, business or farm, for pay, profit, commission or payment in kind; or any activity in a family business that contributed to the operation of that business although no payment was received. Includes being absent, but on paid leave, from such activity.

Worked at some time during the year

Persons who reported having worked and/or been on paid leave for one week or more during the year.

Worked for part of the year

Persons who reported having worked and/or been on paid leave for part of the year.


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