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6306.0.55.001 - Microdata: Employee Earnings and Hours, Australia, May 2012 Quality Declaration 
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Confidentialised Unit Record Files (CURFs) are released in accordance with the conditions specified in the Statistics Determination section of the Census and Statistics Act 1905 (CSA). This ensures that confidentiality is maintained whilst enabling micro level data to be released. More information on the confidentiality practices associated with CURFs can be found on the About CURF Microdata page.

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The May 2012 Survey of Employee Earnings and Hours (EEH) produces estimates of the composition and distribution of employee earnings, the hours they are paid for, and the methods used to set their pay (i.e. award only, collective agreement, or individual arrangement).

May 2012 EEH data are a key element of labour market information. The principal objective is to facilitate the analysis and monitoring of economic aspects of the Australian labour market. The survey is the only source of earnings and hours data by various methods of setting pay.

The May 2012 EEH CURF contains all data items available from the survey, with the exception of States and Territories. Some of the key data items on the CURF include:
  • Weekly earnings - Ordinary time, Overtime, Amounts salary sacrificed, and Total earnings (available as continuous variables);
  • Hours paid for - Ordinary time, Overtime, and Total hours paid for (available as continuous variables);
  • Methods of setting pay;
  • Employee characteristics - e.g. Sex, Full-time/Part-time status, Managerial status, Occupation (available at the 1, 2 and 3 digit ANZSCO level); and
  • Business characteristics - Industry (available at the 1 digit ANZSIC level) and Employer unit size.

For further details on the content of the CURF, please see the data items list.


The reference period for the most recent Employee Earnings and Hours Survey was the last pay period ending on or before 18 May 2012. Results from the survey were released on 23 January 2013 in the publication Employee Earnings and Hours, Australia, May 2012 (cat. no. 6306.0).

EEH CURFs from the 2006 and 2010 surveys were also released.


The May 2012 EEH CURF generally contains finer levels of detail of data items than what is otherwise published in Employee Earnings and Hours, Australia, May 2012 (cat. no. 6306.0). For more information on the level of detail provided, see the associated data item listings available from the data items list.

Steps to confidentialise the microdata are taken in such a way as to maximise the usefulness of the content while maintaining the confidentiality of respondents selected in the survey. As a result, it may not be possible to exactly reconcile all the statistics produced from the microdata with other published statistics. Further information about the steps taken to confidentialise the microdata is available through the following link CURF confidentiality.


The Survey of Employee Earnings and Hours has been conducted either annually or biennially since 1975. Since 1996 the survey has been conducted biennially. The conceptual framework used for this survey and key changes made to it since 1974 are described in Chapter 30 of Labour Statistics: Concepts, Sources and Methods (cat. no. 6102.0.55.001).


Microdata: Employee Earnings and Hours, Australia, May 2012 (cat. no. 6306.0.55.001) is a key source of information when using the CURF. It includes survey objectives, methods and design; survey content; data quality and interpretation; output data items; information about the availability of results; and the content of the CURF file.

Further information about the Survey of Employee Earnings and Hours is available in the Explanatory Notes and Technical Note in Employee Earnings and Hours, Australia, May 2012 (cat. no. 6306.0) and in Chapter 30 of Labour Statistics: Concepts, Sources and Methods (cat. no. 6102.0.55.001).


Microdata products are only available to approved users. Users wishing to access the microdata should read the How to Apply for Microdata web page, before applying for access through MiCRO. Users should also familiarise themselves with information available via the Microdata web pages.

The CURF can be accessed through the Remote Access Data Laboratory (RADL) and the ABS Data Laboratory (ABSDL). More detail regarding types and modes of access to CURFs can be found on the CURF Access Modes and Levels of Detail web page. Microdata from the EEH survey is only available as an expanded CURF, accessed via the Remote Access Data Laboratory (RADL) or the ABS Data Laboratory (ABSDL).

Any questions regarding access to Microdata can be forwarded to or phone (02) 6252 7714.

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