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3414.0 - Guide to Migrant Statistical Sources, 2011 (Edition 2)  
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Retrenchment and Redundancy


The Retrenchment and Redundancy Survey was first conducted in 1997 and again in July 2001. The survey collected information on the labour force status and other characteristics of persons who had been retrenched or made redundant in the three year period prior to 30 June in the survey year. The scope of the survey was persons aged 18–64 years.

Results from the survey provide information on the employment consequences of structural change in the economy, and are used for policy development and planning of services to workers who have been retrenched or made redundant.

Data items collected by the survey are capable of being cross classified with Data Items Relevant to Migrants and Ethnicity.

This Survey is conducted as part of the Monthly Population Survey, which comprises the Labour Force Survey and, in most months, a supplementary survey topic.

The ABS does not plan to conduct this survey again. Information on this topic is also available from the two-yearly Labour Mobility Survey.



  • 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
      • The Middle East and North Africa
      • Africa (excluding North Africa)
      • Northern America
      • South America, Central America and the Caribbean
      • North-East Asia
      • South-East Asia
      • Southern Asia
      • Europe and the Former USSR
      • Oceania and Antarctica
  • Country of birth and period of arrival
    • Born in Australia
    • Born overseas
      • Arrived before 1971
      • Arrived 1971-1980
      • Arrived 1981-1990
      • Arrived 1991 to survey date


A full list of data items collected for the 2001 Retrenchment and Redundancy Survey is available in Retrenchment and Redundancy, Australia, Jul 2001 (cat. no. 6266.0).

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 Retrenchment and Redundancy 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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