Australian Bureau of Statistics
6102.0.55.001 - Labour Statistics: Concepts, Sources and Methods, Apr 2007
Previous ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 19/04/2007
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CHAPTER 21.11. RETIREMENT AND RETIREMENT INTENTIONS
21.11.2 Data from the survey were used to examine changes in retirement trends over time and the income arrangements retirees and potential retirees have made to provide for their retirement. Data were used primarily in the development and review of income support and superannuation policies.
21.11.3 This section describes only those aspects of the methodology that were unique to this survey and should therefore be read in conjunction with the overview part of this (Chapter 21), which outlines the survey methodology used in supplementary surveys.
21.11.4 Data from the survey were published in Retirement and Retirement Intentions, Australia (cat. no. 6238.0). More detailed estimates are available on request.
21.11.5 Data from the survey related to people aged 45 years and over. The main populations of interest were people who had retired from full-time work, people who had retired from the labour force, and people who were still working and intended to retire. Estimates were made available on an original basis only (i.e. not seasonally adjusted) and include:
All persons :
Persons who had retired from full-time work :
Persons who had retired from full-time work aged 45 and over :
Persons who had retired from the labour force :
Persons who intended to retire :
21.11.6 All data collected were compiled according to concepts and definitions outlined in Chapter 2 (Currently Economically Active Population, Chapter 4 (Employment Measures and Classifications Chapter 10 Other Measures of the Economically Active Population) and Chapter 16 Other Classifications Used in Labour Statistics).
21.11.7 The scope of this survey was restricted to persons aged 45 years and over. The standard scope restrictions for supplementary surveys outlined in the overview part of Chapter 21 also apply to this survey.
21.11.8 A Retirement and Retirement Intentions topic is currently included in the Multi-Purpose Household Survey (MPHS) every two years, and was first conducted in the 2004–05 reference period. Data from the supplementary survey and the MPHS topic are not directly comparable as there are differences in the concepts measured, scope, collection methodology and sample design. See Chapter 22.2 for more detail information on this survey.
21.11.9 Data on retirement and retirement intentions are also collected as a component of the 2007 Survey of Employment Arrangements, Retirement and Superannuation (SEARS), which was earlier conducted in 2000 as the Survey of Employment Arrangements and Superannuation (SEAS) (see Chapter 23). While SEARS has a similar focus to SEAS, and collects a similar range of data, changes in the survey scope and methodology, and in the collection and presentation of information, mean that estimates fro the surveys may not be strictly comparable. The next SEARS will be conduced in 2013, and will be combined with the Time Use Survey into a new survey called the Work, Life and Family Survey.
DATA COMPARABILITY OVER TIME
21.11.10 In order to provide a high degree of consistency and comparability over time, changes to survey methods, survey concepts, data item definitions, frequency of collection, and analysis methods were made as infrequently as possible. Over the time the survey was conducted there were some changes to the scope and sample size. These changes mean that the standard errors for the survey differ over time. The effect on estimates of the change in scope is considered to have been small. Changes affecting the Labour Force Survey may also have affected this survey. Such changes are outlined in Chapter 20 and are not repeated here.
Key survey specific changes are outlined below.
Initial survey conducted (May) - preliminary data published in Persons Aged 50-69 Years Ceasing Full-Time Work, Australia, Preliminary (cat. no. 6237.0) and final data published in Persons Aged 50-69 Years Ceasing Full-Time Work, Australia (cat. no. 6238.0).
Survey scope - persons aged 50-69 years.
Ceased full-time work defined as - previously worked on a full-time basis and have permanently ceased full-time labour force activity (working or looking for work).
Survey conducted (September) - data published in Persons Retired From Full-Time Work, Australia (cat. no. 6238.0)
Retired defined as - previously worked on a full-time basis and have permanently ceased full-time labour force activity (working or looking for work).
Survey conducted (September) - preliminary data published in Persons Who Intended To Retire From Full-Time Work, Australia, Preliminary (cat. no. 6257.0) and final data published in Persons Who Intended To Retire From Full-Time Work, Australia (cat. no. 6258.0).
Survey scope - persons aged 45 years and over.
Information only collected about intentions to retire from full-time work.
Survey conducted (November) - preliminary data published in Retirement and Retirement Intentions, Australia, Preliminary (cat. no. 6237.0) and final data published in Retirement and Retirement Intentions, Australia (cat. no. 6238.0).
Information collected about: intentions to retire from full-time work; and retirement from full-time work.
Information was not collected from persons permanently unable to work.
Preliminary publication discontinued.
Survey conducted (November).
Survey conducted (October).
Survey conducted (November).
Sample restricted to seven-eighths of the Labour Force Survey sample.
Information collected from persons permanently unable to work.
Standard Data Service replaced publication format (cat. no. changed to 6238.0.40.001).
Sample restricted to six-eighths of the Labour Force Survey sample.
Data on partial and full retirement collected.
Publication format replaced Standard Data Service (Retirement and Retirement Intentions, Australia cat. no. changed to 6238.0).
Persons living in remote and sparsely settled areas excluded from scope.
Survey vehicle changed from a supplementary survey to a topic on the MPHS. For more information, see Chapter 22 (MPHS) and Chapter 22.2 (Retirement and Retirement Intentions).
21.11.11 For further details contact the Labour Market Statistics Section in Canberra on (02) 6252 7206 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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