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3414.0 - Guide to Migrant Statistical Sources, 2011 (Edition 2)  
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Employee Earnings, Benefits and Trade Union Membership


The Employee Earnings, Benefits and Trade Union Membership (EEBTUM) survey was first conducted in August 1999 and annually thereafter. The EEBTUM survey collects information about employee's weekly earnings, employment benefits and trade union membership. The scope of the survey is persons aged 15 years and over.

The EEBTUM publication was previously titled Weekly Earnings of Employees (Distribution), Australia (cat. no. 6310.0), collected annually in August between 1975 and 1998, except in 1991 when the survey was conducted in July and in 1996 when the survey was not conducted. The change in title in 1999 reflects the permanent inclusion of data relating to employment benefits and trade union membership.

The collection of a range of socio-demographic and labour force characteristics makes the datasets produced from the survey extremely valuable for comparing and analysing the distribution of both weekly earnings and employment benefits across employees. Data are used in the development and review of wages and labour market policies, and in wage negotiation processes. Data on employment benefits are used to monitor the level of non-wage costs in employment. The survey is the only reliable source of data on the distribution of trade union members by socio-demographic and labour force characteristics.

The EEBTUM survey collects data under the broad topics of demographics, weekly earnings, source of superannuation coverage, employment benefits and trade union membership. Data items contained within these topics are capable of being cross classified with Data Items Relevant to Migrants and Ethnicity.

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



  • 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


A full list of data items collected in Employee Earnings, Benefits and Trade Union Membership survey is available in Employee Earnings, Benefits and Trade Union Membership, Australia (cat. no. 6310.0).

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 Employee Earnings, Benefits and Trade Union Membership 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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