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6202.0.30.004 - Microdata: Labour Force Survey and Labour Mobility, Australia, Feb 2012 Quality Declaration 
Latest ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 11/12/2012   
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ABOUT THE DATA ITEMS LIST


The Labour Mobility 2012 survey comprised a questionnaire containing 7 modules and approximately 60 questions.

The following LFS data items are available on the CURF:

  • State/territory;
  • Capital city/balance of state;
  • Sex;
  • Social marital status;
  • Relationship in household;
  • Year of arrival;
  • Country of birth;
  • Age;
  • Labour force status at February 2012;
  • Status in employment at February 2012;
  • Full-time or part-time status at February 2012;
  • Occupation at February 2012; and
  • Industry at February 2012.
All other data items are only available for the Labour Mobility Survey sample. Users intending to purchase the CURF should ensure that the data they require, and the level of detail they need, are available in these products.

The Basic CURF file contains 65 data items and the Expanded CURF file contains 66 data items. The data items lists for the Basic and Expanded CURF, including relevant population and classification details, can be found in the Excel spreadsheet available from the Downloads tab. The data item spreadsheet has 9 worksheets:
  • Contents
  • Populations
  • Record Identifiers & Weights
  • Demography
  • Education
  • Labour Force Characteristics
  • Leave Entitlements
  • Hours Worked
  • Industry & Occupation
The MOB12 Basic and Expanded CURFs contain 56,489 confidentialised respondent records from the survey. Subject to the limitations of the sample size and the data classifications used, it is possible to interrogate the CURF, produce tabulations and undertake statistical analyses to individual specifications.
BASIC CURF DATA ITEM CHANGES IN 2012


The following table outlines differences to the 2012 Basic CURF for the CURF produced for 2010.
Data Item label 2012 Basic CURF 2010 Basic CURF

Change of employer/business CHEMPBUSC: Now shows main categories only (ie whether changed employer, did not change employer or currently not employed) CHEMPBUSC: Details number of changes in employer/business




EXPANDED CURF DATA ITEM CHANGES IN 2012


The following table outlines differences to the 2012 Expanded CURF for the CURF produced for 2010.

Data Item label 2012 Expanded CURF 2010 Expanded CURF

Change of Employer/Business CHEMPBUSC: Now shows main categories only (ie whether changed employer, did not change employer or currently not employed) CHEMPBUSC: Details number of changes in employer/business
Year of Arrival BIRTAREC: Arrival categories extended to, 'Arrived 2001-2005' and 'Arrived 2006 to year of collection' BIRTAREC: Most recent arrival category is 'Arrived 2001 to year of collection'




COMPARISON BETWEEN THE 2012 BASIC AND EXPANDED CURFS

The differences between the 2012 Basic and Expanded CURFs are detailed in the table below. Note that the identifiers for some data items differ between the Basic and Expanded CURFs due to the differences in the presentation of data items. Therefore, caution should be exercised if using both the Basic and Expanded CURFs.

The key differences between data items in the 2012 Basic and Expanded CURFs are:

A number of data items are presented as ranges on the Basic CURF and as continuous values on the Expanded CURF, e.g. age and usual hours, this is to align with current ABS standards for CURFs;
  • State/territory - The NT and ACT have been combined into 'Balance of Australia' on the Basic CURF;
  • Country of birth - A second item with more detail is available on the Expanded CURF;
  • Year of Arrival - More detail is available on the Expanded CURF;
  • Occupation at February 2011, Occupation at February 2012, Occupation of last job, Previous occupation with current employer/business - The Basic CURF presents Major group level only, while the Expanded CURF presents Sub-major group level; and
  • Industry at February 2011, Industry at February 2012, Industry of last job - The Basic CURF presents Division level only, while the Expanded CURF presents Sub-division level.
The February 2012 Labour Force Survey (LFS) and Labour Mobility Survey Basic CURF is distributed on a single CD-ROM and via RADL. The LFS and Labour Mobility Survey Expanded CURF is distributed via RADL only.
Comparison between the 2012 Basic and Expanded CURFs, Key differences in the presentation of data items

Data item label Basic CURF Expanded CURF

State/territory STATEURC: NT and ACT combined as 'Balance of Australia' STATUREC: All states/territories listed separately
Relationship in household LMRHHCF: With or without dependents not separated for Husband, wife or partner, and Lone parent categories RELHHEC: With or without dependents separated for Husband, wife or partner, and Lone parent categories
Year of arrival BIRTHARC: Born in Australia, Arrived 1985 and before, Arrived 1986-1995, Arrived 1996 to year of collection BIRTAREC: Born in Australia, Arrival years grouped commencing 1955 and before, then in 5 year groups until 2005, and 2006 to year of collection
Country of birth (2) Not on dataset, see Country of birth (1) COBCURF COBEC: Top 10 countries then major groups
Age AGEBCB : single years for 15-24 and 55-64. 5 year range categories for 25-54 and 65-79. Top coded at 80 years and over AGEEC: Single years. Top coded at 85 years and over
Level of highest educational attainment LMASCEDC: Coded to 12 categories EDATTC: Coded to 13 categories
Level of highest non-school qualification HIGHNSQC: Coded to 8 categories EDATNSCF: Coded to 9 categories
Usual hours worked at February 2012 HRAWMJCF: Ranged hours. Top coded at 60 hours and over HRAWMJEC: Bottom coded 1-5 hours, single hours from 6-59 hours, top coded at 60 hours and over
Occupation at February 2012 OCURMAJC: 8 major group categories OCURSMEC: 51 sub-major group categories
Industry at February 2012 INDCRDIV: 9 division categories INDCRSEC: 66 sub-division categories
Previous occupation with current employer/business OCCHACRF: 8 major group categories PROCSMEC: 51 sub-major group categories
Previous usual hours worked with current employer/business PREVHRSC: Ranged hours. Top coded at 60 hours and over PREVHREC: Bottom coded 1-5 hours, single hours from 6-59 hours, top coded at 60 hours and over
Usual hours worked in last job HRQ135DC: 5 hour ranges from 1-39, then 40 hours, then 5 hour ranges from 41-49, then 50-59 hours. Top coded at 60 hours and over HRQ135DE: Bottom coded 1-5 hours, single hours from 6-59 hours, top coded at 60 hours and over
Occupation of last job OCLJMAJ: 8 major group categories OCLJSMEC: 51 sub-major group categories
Industry of last job INDLJDIV: 19 division categories INDLJSEC: 66 sub-division categories
Usual hours worked at February 2011 USHRLFC: Ranged hours. Top coded at 60 hours and over USHRLFEC: Bottom coded 1-5 hours, single hours from 6-59 hours, top coded at 60 hours and over
Occupation at February 2011 OCLYMAJC: 8 major group categories OCLYSMEC: 51 sub-major group categories
Industry at February 2011 INDLYDIV: 19 division categories INDLYSEC: 66 sub-division categories


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