6238.0.55.001 - Microdata: Barriers and Incentives to Labour Force Participation, Retirement and Retirement Intentions, 2016-17 Quality Declaration 
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QUALITY DECLARATION - SUMMARY

INSTITUTIONAL ENVIRONMENT

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RELEVANCE
This collection presents information about Barriers and Incentives to Labour Force Participation and Retirement and Retirement Intentions (BI and R&RI). The statistics in this publication were compiled from the Multipurpose Household Survey (MPHS), conducted throughout Australia during the 2016–17 financial year, as a supplement to the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) monthly Labour Force Survey (LFS).

The Barriers and Incentives to Labour Force Participation survey presents information about persons aged 18 years and over who were either not employed or who usually worked less than 35 hours per week. In respect of employed persons, the Barriers and Incentives to Labour Force Participation topic collects data only for those working less than 35 hours, as they have the greatest potential to increase their labour force participation. The data collected provides information on the potential labour force and the characteristics of that potential labour force.

The Retirement and Retirement Intentions survey presents information about the retirement status and retirement intentions of persons aged 45 years and over who have, at some time, worked for two weeks or more. The data collected in the Retirement and Retirement Intentions survey provides information on retirement trends, the factors which influence decisions to retire, and the income arrangements that retirees and potential retirees have made to provide for their retirement. The data are cross-classified by a range of demographic characteristics such as age and sex, as well as labour force characteristics.


TIMELINESS

Barriers and Incentives to Labour Force Participation and Retirement and Retirement Intentions survey is conducted throughout Australia from July 2016 to June 2017 as a supplement to the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) monthly Labour Force Survey (LFS). Results from this survey are released in the publication Barriers and Incentives to Labour Force Participation (cat. no. 6239.0) and Retirement and Retirement Intentions (cat. no. 6238.0).

ACCURACY

The microdata generally contains finer levels of detail for data items than what is otherwise published in other formats, for example, in Barriers and Incentives to Labour Force Participation (cat. no. 6239.0) and Retirement and Retirement Intentions (cat. no. 6238.0). For information on the level of detail provided, please refer to the data item list in the Downloads tab.

Steps to confidentialise the data made available in TableBuilder 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 TableBuilder with other published statistics. Further information about the steps taken to confidentialise the microdata is available through the Survey Confidentiality Page.

COHERENCE

The ABS seeks to maximise consistency and comparability over time by minimising changes to its surveys. However, sound survey practice requires ongoing development and maintenance to maintain the integrity of the data and the efficiency of collection. For changes between iterations of the survey, please refer to the Comparability of Time Series section in the Explanatory Notes of Barriers and Incentives to Labour Force Participation (cat. no. 6239.0) and Retirement and Retirement Intentions (cat. no. 6238.0).


INTERPRETABILITY

Detailed information on the terminology, classifications and other technical aspects associated with Barriers and Incentives to Labour Force Participation (cat. no. 6239.0) and Retirement and Retirement Intentions (cat. no. 6238.0) can be found in the relevant web pages included with this release.

DATA ACCESS

For more detailed information on the products and services available for this survey refer to the Introduction page.

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

A full list of available microdata can be viewed via the List of expected and available Microdata.

Any questions regarding access to microdata can be forwarded to microdata.access@abs.gov.au or phone (02) 6252 7714.

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