6239.0 - Barriers and Incentives to Labour Force Participation, Australia, July 2016 to June 2017 Quality Declaration 
Latest ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 19/12/2017   
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CONCEPTUAL FRAMEWORK

OVERVIEW

To understand potential barriers to increased labour force participation there are three groups of persons who are of particular interest:

  • unemployed (634,600 persons);
  • persons not in the labour force (6.1 million); and
  • employed persons who usually worked less than 35 hours (3.5 million).

Persons not in the labour force includes persons who wanted a paid job and those who did not want a paid job.

The 2016–17 Multipurpose Household Survey (MPHS) revealed that of persons working between 16 and 34 hours, 625,700 persons preferred to work more hours and 584,800 persons were available to start work or more hours. For persons working less than 16 hours, 368,900 preferred to work more hours and 345,800 were available to start work or more hours. The Survey also revealed that of persons not in the labour force, 1.1 million wanted a paid job and 700,600 persons were available to start work.

The following conceptual framework identifies these groups of persons.