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Key changes made to Labour Force Experience Survey include:
REVISION OF POPULATION BENCHMARKS
The Labour Force Survey estimates, and estimates from the supplementary surveys, are calculated in such a way as to sum to independent estimates of the civilian population aged 15 years and over (population benchmarks). These population benchmarks are based on Estimated Resident Population (ERP) data. Generally, revisions are made to population benchmarks after each five-yearly Census of Population and Housing (Census), however in the second half of 2010 revisions were applied to population benchmarks, including those used for the 2011 Labour Force Experience Survey, to take into account more up to date information about Net Overseas Migration (a component of the ERP). For more details on population benchmarks, see the Explanatory Notes in Labour Force, Australia (cat. no. 6202.0), and for details about the revisions made, see the article in the September 2010 issue of Labour Force, Australia (cat. no. 6202.0).
CHANGES IN THE SCOPE OF THE SURVEY
From February 2009 the Labour Force Experience Survey was conducted in both urban and rural areas in all states and territories, but excluded people living in Indigenous communities in very remote parts of Australia.
MAIN ACTIVITY WHEN NOT IN THE LABOUR FORCE
Prior to February 2009, the data item 'Main activity when not in the Labour Force' included the category 'home duties or child care'. From February 2009, this category has been split into two separate categories: 'home duties' and 'caring for children'.
Prior to February 2009, the data item 'Main activity when not in the Labour Force' included the categories 'own illness or injury' and 'own disability or handicap'. From February 2009, these categories have been collected as 'own short-term illness or injury' and 'own long-term health condition or disability' respectively. More information can be found in the Explanatory Notes of the publication Labour Force Experience, Australia (cat. no. 6206.0).
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