6354.0 - Job Vacancies, Australia, Nov 2003  
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Industry is classified according to ANZSIC. For more details refer to the Australian and New Zealand Standard Industrial Classification 1993 (cat.no.1292.0).

Job vacancy

A job vacancy is a job available for immediate filling on the survey reference date and for which recruitment action had been taken. Recruitment action includes efforts to fill vacancies by advertising, by factory notices, by notifying public or private employment agencies or trade unions and by contacting, interviewing or selecting applicants already registered with the enterprise or organisation. Excluded are vacancies:

for jobs which became vacant on the survey date and were filled that same day
for jobs of less than one day's duration
to be filled by persons already hired, or by promotion or transfer of existing employees
to be filled by employees returning from paid or unpaid leave or after industrial dispute(s)
not available for immediate filling on the survey reference date
not available within the particular state or territory to which the return relates
for work to be carried out by contractors
for which no recruitment action has been taken
where a person has been appointed but has not yet commenced duty
to be filled by staff from contract labour agencies
for jobs available only to persons already employed by the enterprise or organisation.

Job vacancy rate

The job vacancy rate is calculated by expressing the number of job vacancies as a percentage of the number of employees jobs plus the number of job vacancies.

Reference date

The reference date for the survey is the third Friday of the middle month of the quarter. The reference date for the current survey is 21 November 2003.


Public sector includes all local government authorities and government departments, agencies and authorities created by, or reporting to the Commonwealth Parliament and state/territory parliaments. All remaining employees are classified as private sector.