ABOUT THIS PUBLICATION
This publication presents information about people aged 18 years and over who are either not employed or who usually worked less than 16 hours. In respect of employed people, the Barriers and Incentives to Labour Force Participation topic collects data only for those working less than 16 hours, as they have the potential to increase their labour force participation by a greater amount. The data collected provides information on the potential labour force and the characteristics of that potential labour force. Data from this survey are used to obtain a better understanding of the factors that influence people to participate (more) in the labour force and the hours they work. By identifying the barriers that people face in joining the labour force or in working greater hours, a range of incentives to increase labour force participation and hours worked may then be identified.
The statistics in this publication were compiled from the Multipurpose Household Survey (MPHS), conducted throughout Australia during the 2008-09 financial year, as a supplement to the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) monthly Labour Force Survey.
Information on the other topics collected in the 2008-09 MPHS can be found in paragraph 1 of the Explanatory Notes.
CHANGES IN THIS ISSUE
New content was included in the 2008-09 survey to explore incentives to join or increase participation in the labour force and self assessed health. See table 14 and paragraphs 22 and 24 of the Explanatory Notes for more information. For a full list of data items, see the Appendix. Minor changes have been made to some tables in order to expand content.
NOTES ABOUT ESTIMATES
The MPHS was designed primarily to provide estimates at the Australia level. Broad estimates are also available for states and territories, although users should exercise caution when using estimates at this level, because of the presence of high sampling errors. For further information about the reliability of the estimates see paragraph 14 of the Explanatory Notes.
Sample reductions in the Labour Force Survey, (see Information Paper: Labour Force Survey Sample Design, Nov 2007 (Second edition) (cat. no. 6269.0), resulted in the MPHS being marginally smaller than the sample size in 2006-07.
As estimates have been rounded, discrepancies may occur between sums of the component items and totals.
For further information about these and related statistics, contact the National Information and Referral Service on 1300 135 070 or Labour Market Section on Canberra (02) 6252 7206.