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Labour Force Experience Survey


The Labour Force Experience Survey (LFES) is conducted as a supplement to the Labour Force Survey and collects a range of data about the labour force experiences of people aged 15 years or more over the 12 months prior to the survey date (between 1990 - 2005 the survey scope was restricted to people aged 15 to 69 years). It was first conducted in 1969, and has been conducted biennially since February 1995. It presents information about time spent in labour force activities, including episodes of work or looking for work, and time spent out of the labour force.

The LFES collects a range of data on time spent in labour force activities, including episodes of work or looking for work, and time spent out of the labour force. Data items contained within these topics are capable of being cross classified with Data Items Relevant to Migrants and Ethnicity and other data items such as age and sex.

Estimates from the LFES are used to monitor the extent and nature of labour force participation over an extended period and to complement gross flows estimates from the monthly Labour Force Survey in the analysis of labour market dynamics. The information is used to construct profiles of various groups within the labour force, particularly those looking for work.



  • Country of birth
    Note: Country of birth is collected as a core data item in the Labour Force Survey. Although individual country of birth is collected, standard outputs for this data item are usually aggregated to one of the following formats:
    • Born in Australia
    • Born overseas
      • Born in main English-speaking countries
      • Born in other than main English-speaking countries
    • Born in Australia
    • Born overseas
      • Oceania and Antarctica
      • North-West Europe
      • Southern and Eastern Europe
      • North Africa and the Middle East
      • South-East Asia
      • North-East Asia
      • Southern and Central Asia
      • Americas
      • Sub-Saharan Africa
  • Country of birth and Period of arrival
    • Born in Australia
    • Born overseas
      • Arrived before 1971
      • Arrived 1971–1980
      • Arrived 1981–1990
      • Arrived 1991–2000
      • Arrived 2001 to survey date
      Note: Year of arrival collected in single years


A full list of data items collected for the LFES is available in Labour Force Experience, Australia (cat. no 6206.0).

Further details on scope, geographic coverage, data availability and publications, methodology, classifications and concepts are available in Labour Statistics: Concepts, Sources and Methods (cat. no. 6102.0.55.001) or visit the Labour Force Survey entry in the Directory of Statistical Sources.


For further information about these and related statistics, contact the National Information and Referral Service.

Phone: 1300 135 070
Fax: 1300 135 211
Post: Client Services, ABS, GPO Box 796, Sydney 2001

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