Actively looking for work
People who were taking active steps to find work. Active steps comprise:
Available to start work
- registering with a Job Network employment agency
- contacting an employment agency
- contacting prospective employers
- answering a newspaper advertisement for a job
- checking Centrelink touchscreens
- checking factory notice boards
- advertising or tendering for work
For people not in the labour force, those who were available to start work in the reference week or within four weeks.
Available to start work with more hours
Employed people who usually worked 0-15 hours per week in all jobs and were available to start work with more hours in the reference week or within four weeks.
The job in which a person currently works.
Did not prefer to work more hours
People who said 'no' or 'don't know' when asked 'would you prefer to work more hours than you usually work?'.
Did not want a paid job
People who were not classified as employed or unemployed who answered 'no' or don't know when asked if they would like a paid job.
Duration of current main job/last job
Length of time worked in current main job/last job.
Level of highest educational attainment identifies the highest achievement a person has attained in any area of study. It is defined as the highest educational attainment a person has achieved, and is not a measurement of relative importance of different fields of study.
People who, during the reference week:
- worked for one hour or more for pay, profit, commission or payment in kind in a job or business, or on a farm (comprising employees, employers and own account workers); or
- worked for one hour or more without pay in a family business or on a farm (i.e. contributing family workers); or
- were employees who had a job but were not at work and were:
- away from work for less than four weeks up to the end of the reference week; or
- away from work for more than four weeks up to the end of the reference week and received pay for some or all of the four week period to the end of the reference week; or
- away from work as a standard work or shift arrangement; or
- on strike or locked out; or
- on workers' compensation and expected to return to their job; or
- were employers or own account workers who had a job, business or farm, but were not at work.
People who work for a public or private employer and receive remuneration in wages, salary, a retainer fee from their employer while working on a commission basis, tips, piece rates, or payment in kind, or people who operate their own incorporated enterprise with or without hiring employees.
Employees (excluding OMIEs) with paid leave entitlements
Employees (excluding Owner Managers of Incorporated Enterprises) (OMIEs), who were entitled to either paid sick leave or paid holiday leave (or both).
Employees (excluding OMIEs) without paid leave entitlements
Employees (excluding OMIEs), who were not entitled to, or did not know whether they were entitled to, paid sick and paid holiday leave.
People who operate their own unincorporated economic enterprise or engage independently in a profession or trade and hire one or more employees.
Classification of employed people according to the following employment type categories on the basis of their main job (i.e. the job in which they usually work the most hours):
Employees (excluding owner managers of incorporated enterprise)
- with paid leave entitlements
- without paid leave entitlements
- owner managers of incorporated enterprises
- owner managers of unincorporated enterprises
Contributing family workers
Two or more people, one of whom is at least 15 years of age, who are related by blood, marriage (registered or de facto), adoption, step or fostering; and who are usually resident in the same household. The basis of a family is formed by identifying the presence of a couple relationship, lone parent-child relationship or other blood relationship. Some households will, therefore, contain more than one family.
Full-time educational attendance
People aged 15-19 who, during the reference week were enrolled full time at secondary or high schools, and those aged 15-24 who, during the reference week, were enrolled full time at a Technical and Further Education (TAFE) college, university, or other tertiary educational institution.
Full-time workers (usual)
Employed people who usually work 35 hours or more a week (in all jobs).
People who were not employed during the reference week, were waiting to start a job within four weeks from the end of the reference week, and could have started in the reference week if the job had been available then.
Income support payments from government to persons under social security and related government programs. Included are pensions and allowances received by aged, disabled, unemployed and sick persons, families and children, veterans and their survivors, and study allowances for students. Payments made by overseas governments as well as the Australian government are included.
Regular and recurring cash receipts including monies received from wages and salaries, government pensions and allowances, and other regular receipts such as superannuation, workers' compensation, child support, scholarships, profit or loss from own unincorporated business or partnership, and property income. Gross income is the sum of current income from all these sources before income tax or the Medicare levy have been deducted.
Group jack-knife method
This method of calculating standard errors starts by dividing the survey sample into a number of approximately equal-sized groups (replicate groups). Replicate estimates of the population total are then calculated from the sample by excluding each replicate group in turn. The jack-knife variance is derived from the variation of the respective replicate estimates around the estimate based on the whole sample.
Had ever worked for two weeks or more
People who are not in the labour force or are unemployed and have previously worked for two weeks or more.
Had previously worked
People who are not in the labour force or are unemployed, who have previously worked for two weeks or more, less than 20 years ago.
An enterprise which is registered as a separate legal entity to its members or owners. Also known as a limited liability company.
In this publication, industry relates to a group of businesses or organisations that perform similar sets of activities in terms of the production of goods and services. Industry is classified according to the Australian and New Zealand Standard Industrial Classification (ANZSIC), 2006 (cat.no.1292.0).
The civilian population can be split into two mutually exclusive groups: the labour force (employed and unemployed people) and people not in the labour force.
Refers to last job less than 20 years ago.
Looking for work with more hours
Refers to persons who indicated that they had done something in the last four weeks to obtain more hours of work.
Main English-speaking countries
The list of Main English Speaking Countries provided here is not an attempt to classify countries on the basis of whether or not English is the predominant or official language of each country. It is a list of the main countries from which Australia receives, or has received, significant numbers of overseas settlers who are likely to speak English. These countries comprise the United Kingdom, the Republic of Ireland, New Zealand, Canada, South Africa, and the United States of America.
The job in which most hours were usually worked.
Non-school qualifications are awarded for educational attainments other than those of pre-primary, primary or secondary education. They include qualifications at the Post Graduate Degree level, Master Degree level, Graduate Diploma and Graduate Certificate level, Bachelor Degree level, Advanced Diploma and Diploma level, and Certificates I, II, III and IV levels. Non-school qualifications may be attained concurrently with school qualifications.
People who are either unemployed or not in the labour force.
In this publication occupation relates to a collection of jobs that are sufficiently similar in their main tasks to be grouped together for the purposes of classification. Occupation is classified according to ANZSCO - Australian and New Zealand Standard Classification of Occupations, First Edition, 2006 (cat.no.1220.0).
People who work in their own business, with or without employees, whether or not the business is of limited liability.
Owner managers of incorporated enterprises
People who work in their own incorporated enterprise, that is, a business entity which is registered as a separate legal entity to its members or owners (also known as a limited liability company).
Owner managers of unincorporated enterprises
People who operate their own unincorporated enterprise, that is, a business entity in which the owner and the business are legally inseparable, so that the owner is liable for any business debts that are incurred. Includes those engaged independently in a trade or profession.
Part-time workers (usual)
Employed people who usually worked less than 35 hours a week (in all jobs).
Permanently not intending to work
People who said that they were permanently not intending to work.
Persons in the labour force
People who were classified as being in the labour force, that is, either employed or unemployed.
Persons not in the labour force
People who were not classified as employed or unemployed.
Preferred to work more hours
Employed people who usually work 0-15 hours each week and would prefer to work more hours than they usually work.
The week preceding the week in which the interview was conducted.
Relationship in household
The relationship of people who live in the same household.
Status in employment
Employed people classified according to whether they were employees, employers, own account workers, or contributing family workers.
Time since last job
The elapsed time since ceasing last job.
Took inactive steps
People who did not take active steps to look for work (see actively looking for work). Includes only looked in newspapers.
People who were not employed during the reference week, and:
- had actively looked for full-time or part-time work at any time in the four weeks up to the end of the reference week and were available for work in the reference week; or
- were waiting to start a new job within four weeks from the end of the reference week and could have started in the reference week if the job had been available then.
A business entity in which the owner and the business are legally inseparable, so that the owner is liable for any business debts that are incurred.
Includes caring for own children or other people's children including grandchildren. Also includes caring for elderly or someone with long-term illness or disability or unpaid voluntary workers. Respondents were asked whether they had undertaken any of these activities in the last four weeks.
Usual hours worked
The hours usually worked per week by an employed person.
Wanted a paid job
People who are not in the labour force and would like a paid job of any kind. Includes people who said 'depends'.
Wanted more hours
See 'Preferred to work more hours'.
This page last updated 7 December 2009