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3240.0 - Residential and Workplace Mobility, and Implications for Travel: NSW and Vic., October 2008 Quality Declaration 
Latest ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 19/05/2009  First Issue
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QUALITY DECLARATION - SUMMARY

INSTITUTIONAL ENVIRONMENT

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RELEVANCE

Each year in October the ABS conducts individual state specific surveys as part of the Monthly Population Survey (MPS) program. Residential and Workplace Mobility, and Implications for Travel was the October 2008 State Supplementary Survey topic for New South Wales (NSW) and Victoria (Vic.).

The survey collected a range of information about residential and workplace mobility, and implications for travel. The survey measures the demographic characteristics of movers and non-movers; the reasons why people changed their usual residence; the reasons why people changed their suburb of usual employment; and the modes of transport typically used to travel to the current suburb of employment. A breakdown by capital city and balance of state is available in some of the tables within the publication.

The survey reference (or recall) period for individual questions varied, and was up to three years in some cases.


TIMELINESS

The Residential and Workplace Mobility, and Implications for Travel survey was conducted as a supplement to the monthly Labour Force Survey throughout NSW and Vic. during the two weeks commencing Sunday 5th October 2008.


ACCURACY

The number of full respondents for the Residential and Workplace Mobility, and Implications for Travel survey was a total of 14,377 persons:

  • 7,619 NSW persons
  • 6,758 Vic. persons

    The total response rate across both states was 93%.

    Two types of error can occur in estimates that are based on a sample survey: non-sampling error and sampling error. To assist users in understanding the estimate of these errors, relative standard errors (RSEs) are provided for every data cell in tables. For further information please refer to the Technical Note.


    COHERENCE

    The Residential and Workplace Mobility, and Implications for Travel survey is not part of the ongoing ABS MPS program. Extreme caution must be used when comparing the 2008 survey with other related publications as different methodologies have been used.

    The ABS has been conducting surveys related to the topic of Residential and Workplace Mobility, and Implications for Travel on an irregular and largely state basis. Previous ABS surveys of Residential and Workplace Mobility, and Implications for Travel used a variety of sampling methods, estimation methods, concepts, data item definitions and classifications. These include:

  • Locations of Work, Australia, Nov 2008, cat. no. 6275.0
  • Labour Mobility, Australia, Feb 2008, cat. no. 6209.0
  • Housing Choices, NSW, Oct 2004, cat. no. 3240.1
  • Population Mobility, Victoria, Oct 1999, cat. no. 3237.2
  • Transport Patterns and Preferences, New South Wales, October 1996, cat. no. 9201.1
  • Travel to Work, School and Shops, Victoria, October 1994, cat. no. 9201.2

    For further information please refer to Related Publications.


    INTERPRETABILITY

    Information on terminology and other technical aspects associated with statistics from the 2008 State Supplementary Survey are available. These can be found in the web-based publication Residential and Workplace Mobility, and Implications for Travel, NSW and Vic., October 2008 (cat. no. 3240.0), which contains detailed Explanatory Notes, a Technical Note and Glossary.


    ACCESSIBILITY

    Data from the 2008 State Supplementary Survey, Residential and Workplace Mobility, and Implications for Travel are available in a variety of formats. The formats available free of charge on the ABS website are:

  • main features, which include Summary of Findings commentary and graphs
  • data cubes which present a variety of data items in 32 tables (16 tables for each state) and 32 RSE tables (16 tables for each state).

    If the information you require is not available as a standard product, inquiries can be made by contacting the National Information and Referral Service on 1300 135 070 or Larissa Wharton in Sydney on (02) 9268 4376.


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