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CHAPTER 21.6. CHARACTERISTICS OF RECENT MIGRANTS
Sex; age group on arrival; marital status; relationship in household; size of household; state or territory of usual residence (including whether in a capital city); whether born in Australia; whether born in English speaking country; country of birth (broad geographic area); and labour force status.
Migrants and temporary residents
Year of arrival; main language spoken on arrival; proficiency in spoken English on arrival; main language currently spoken at home; current proficiency in spoken English; whether an Australian citizen; type of visa on arrival to live in Australia; type of visa at survey date; initial residency status; current (at survey date) residency status; whether left a paid job when came to live in Australia; whether has had a paid job since arriving in Australia to live; whether main applicant on initial visa application; and whether main applicant on current visa application.
Level of highest non-school qualification obtained before arrival; main field of highest non-school qualification obtained before arrival; whether has applied for highest non-school qualification to be assessed for recognition in Australia; level of highest non-school qualification obtained since arrival; and main field of highest non-school qualification obtained since arrival.
...who had a job before arrival or have worked since arrival
21.6.6 This survey is restricted to people who migrated to Australia within the last 10 years were aged 15 years or over on arrival, were not an Australian or New Zealand citizen on arrival, and have permanent Australian resident status. Data was also collected for temporary residents of Australia for 12 months or more. The standard scope restrictions for supplementary surveys outlined in Chapter 21 also apply to this survey.
DATA COMPARABILITY OVER TIME
21.6.7 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 are made as infrequently as possible. Over the time the survey has been conducted there have been 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 affect this survey. Such changes are outlined in Chapter 20 and are not repeated here.
Initial survey conducted (March) - preliminary data published in Characteristics of Migrants Aged 18 Years and Over at Time of Arrival and Who Arrived After 1960, Australia, Preliminary (cat. no. 6249.0) (footnote 1) and final data in Characteristics of Migrants Aged 18 Years and Over at Time of Arrival and Who Arrived After 1960, Australia (cat. no. 6250.0).
Scope restricted to adult migrants who arrived after 1960.
Survey conducted (March) - data published in Labour Force Status and Other Characteristics of Migrants, Australia (cat. no. 6250.0).
Preliminary publication discontinued.
Survey expanded to collect more data from couples, enabling wife to be classified as principal applicant for migration if this was the case.
Survey conducted (September) - scope revised - adult migrants aged 18 years and over on arrival who arrived in Australia after 1970.
Unit record data released (for this year only). For further information see Information Paper: Labour Force Status and Other Characteristics of Migrants, Australia, September 1990, Unit Record File on Magnetic Tape (cat. no. 6251.0)
Survey conducted September. Australian Bureau of Statistics Classification of Qualifications (ABSCQ)(cat. no. 1263.0) was adopted. Level of attainment and field of study were collected separately.
The Australian Standard Classification of Countries for Social Statistics (ASCCSS) (cat. no. 1269.0) was adopted to aggregate birthplace information. Historical estimates were revised to enable comparison.
The month of collection was fixed as November for this and subsequent collections.
Data item 'Field of qualification obtained before migration' no longer available.
Sample restricted to seven-eighths of the Labour Force Survey sample.
Scope revised - adult migrants who arrived in Australia after 1980 and were aged 18 years and over on arrival, excluding persons living in remote and sparsely settled areas.
Scope revised - migrants who arrived in Australia after 1984 and were aged 15 years or over on arrival.
New population added - temporary residents who planned to stay in Australia for 12 months or more.
New data items relating to the residency status (including visa types) of the respondent added.
Data items related to whether the migrant had family or friends in Australia before migration and 'migration category' no longer available.
Scope revised - included only migrants who arrived in Australia in the last 10 years (i.e. after 1997); who had obtained permanent Australian resident status, as well as people who were temporary residents of Australia for 12 months or more, and excluded those born in New Zealand, those holding New Zealand citizenship and those who held Australian citizenship prior to their arrival in Australia.
Data items relating to the country of last residence were not collected.
Several new data items were collected including: whether had a job since arrival; the length of time before finding a job after arriving in Australia; selected details of the first job held in Australia; whether the highest non-school qualification obtained before arrival was used in the first job held in Australia; whether difficulties were experienced finding work in Australia and, whether help was received finding work in Australia.
Scope updated - those who arrived in Australia after 2000; included migrants who currently reside in remote areas; and excluded those who held New Zealand citizenship on arrival (regardless of place of birth), but included persons born in New Zealand who did not hold New Zealand citizenship.
Several data items were added, including: whether would have preferred to have worked longer hours in first job in Australia, main reason not actively looking for work, and main language spoken on arrival. Other data items were removed, including data items related to the last visa held before becoming an Australian Citizen, the length of time spent overseas since most recent arrival, the highest year of school completed, and whether working full time or part time just before arrival. The 2007 data item "Type of visa on most recent arrival to live in Australia" was re-labelled to "Type of visa on arrival to live in Australia" (the data-item has remained the same as 2007).
21.6.8 For further details contact the Labour Market Statistics Section, on Canberra (02) 6252 7206 or email <firstname.lastname@example.org>.
1. The online Historical Publications Index provides a catalogue of publications released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics, and its predecessor the Commonwealth Bureau of Census and Statistics from 1901 - 1993. Titles not digitised are available in print or microfiche format from the National Library of Australia, State libraries and many Australian university libraries. The ABS Library in Canberra also holds a deposit collection of all ABS publications which can be accessed by appointment. Contact the ABS National Information and Referral Service for further information.