Ceased a job
Refer to definitions of Job leavers and Job losers.
Refers to the job at February 2004 in which the person worked in the week before the interview for an employer/business. Where the person worked in more than one job, the main job, i.e. the job in which most hours were usually worked, was regarded as the current job.
Duration of current job
The period between the commencement of the current job up to the week before the interview.
Duration of last job
The period from the commencement of the last job up to the time the person ceased working in that job.
Persons who had a job at February 2004 and:
When questions were asked about last job and job held at February 2003, the individual's perception of full time work was accepted.
- (for single job holders) usually work 35 hours or more a week, or usually work less than 35 hours but worked 35 hours or more in the reference week
- (for multiple job holders) actually worked 35 hours or more in their main job in the reference week, or were away from their main job but usually work 35 hours or more in all jobs.
Classified according to Australian and New Zealand Standard Industrial Classification (ANZSIC), 1993 (cat. no. 1292.0). In this publication, industry relates to the main job and is shown at the ANZSIC Division level.
Persons who ceased their job voluntarily, that is, because:
- of unsatisfactory work arrangements/pay/hours; or
- the job was seasonal, temporary or a holiday job and they left that job to return to studies; or
- they retired, started a new business, got a better job, left for family reasons; or
- changed locality but not employer/business.
Persons who ceased their job involuntarily, that is:
- they were retrenched or their business closed down because of financial difficulties; or
- the job was seasonal, temporary or a holiday job and they did not leave that job to return to studies; or
- they left their job because of their own ill health or injury.
Persons who either:
- change employer/business with or without a change in locality; or
- change locality without a change of employer/business.
The last job in which employment ceased during the reference period.
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 not a measurement of the relative importance of different fields of study but a ranking of qualifications and other educational attainments regardless of the particular area of study or the type of institution in which the study was undertaken.
In capital cities and major towns each suburb is considered to be a different locality. Where a person works at different sites for the same employer (e.g. a construction worker), their base of operations (i.e. the employer’s office, depot, yard, etc.) is considered to be their locality.
The movement of an employer’s operations to premises in a different locality would entail a change of locality for employees.
Looking for work
Out of work and looking for a job. See paragraph 22 of the Explanatory Notes.
Main English-speaking countries
The United Kingdom, Ireland, South Africa, Canada, the United States of America and New Zealand.
Not in the labour force
Not working or looking for work. See paragraph 22 of the Explanatory Notes.
Number of changes in locality during the year
For persons currently working, it is the number of times they have changed locality with respect to their current employer or business. For persons not currently working, it is the number of times they have changed locality with respect to their last employer or business.
Classified according to ASCO - Australian Standard Classification of Occupations, Second Edition (cat. no. 1220.0). In this publication, occupation relates to the main job and is shown at the ASCO Major Group level.
Persons who had a job at February 2004 and:
When asked questions about their last job and job held at February 2003, the individuals who did not perceive themselves as working full time were considered to be working part time.
- (for single job holders) usually work less than 35 hours a week, and did so in the reference week
- (for multiple job holders) actually worked less than 35 hours in their main job in the reference week, or were away from their main job but usually work less than 35 hours a week in all jobs.
Refer to definition of Last job.
The 52 weeks up to the end of the week prior to interview.
Persons who ceased their last job because they were either:
- employees who were laid off, including no work available, retrenched, made redundant, employer went out of business or dismissed; and
- self employed persons whose business closed down for economic reasons, including 'went broke', liquidated, no work, or no supply or demand.
Working or on paid or unpaid leave from job. See paragraph 22 of the Explanatory Notes.
This page last updated 11 December 2006