QUALITY DECLARATION - SUMMARY
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This collection presents information about the labour force characteristics of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians aged 15 years and over. The information is based on data collected in the national monthly Labour Force Survey (LFS). Published data from previous years has also been included with this publication for comparison purposes.
The Labour Force Characteristics of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians combines data collected from each monthly Labour Force Survey conducted through out the calendar year. The results obtained from combining this data is released approximately 5 months after the end of the calendar year (ie during May).
A number of statistical issues need to be considered when using LFS estimates to describe Indigenous labour force characteristics. Some of these statistical issues arise because the LFS is designed primarily to provide reliable estimates for the whole of Australia and for each state and territory, rather than estimates for small populations. The small size of the Indigenous population, its wide dispersion, and the relatively high proportion who live in remote areas present particular difficulties. To help in the interpretation of the estimates the publication discusses these statistical issues.
Apart from the information presented in this publication, information on the labour force characteristics of the Indigenous population is also available from the five-yearly Census of Population and Housing, the 2002 National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Survey (NATSISS), and the 2004-05 National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Survey (NATSIHS).
Although the estimates available from the non-LFS sources are based on the same underlying concepts as the LFS, there are differences which affect the comparability of data. The publication details the differences between the various sources.
The Labour Force Characteristics of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians publication contains tables with footnoted data and a summary of findings to aid interpretation of the results of the survey. Detailed explanatory notes, a technical note, a glossary and details of the methodology and concepts used are also included to further aid in the interpretation of the results.
The main product from this collection is a PDF publication, Labour Force Characteristics of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians (cat. no. 6287.0), released electronically via the ABS website. Additional data may be available on request. However, the sample size of the collection, and the resulting standard errors, limits the ability for estimates to be broken down much further than available in the publication.
For further information about these statistics, contact the National Information and Referral Centre on 1300 135 070 or Rebecca Cash on (02) 6252 5390.