3414.0 - Guide to Migrant Statistical Sources, 2011 (Edition 2)  
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Working Time Arrangements


The Working Time Arrangements (WTA) survey was first conducted in November 2006 and most recently in November 2009. Prior to this the survey was known as the Working Arrangements Survey and was conducted for the first time in August 1993, then every three years: in August 1997, November 2000 and November 2003. Additional information was collected in the 2006 and 2009 WTA surveys to better measure data on job stability, job flexibility and scheduling of work.

The WTA survey collects information about the working arrangements of employees in their main job, such as shift work, extra hours or overtime, and start and finish times. It also presents information about the patterns of employees' work in all jobs. Data from this survey are used to examine the differing working arrangements of employees, including the flexibility of working arrangements and shift work. The scope of the survey is employees aged 15 years and over.

Data items collected from the WTA survey and Working Arrangements Survey contain some differences, however topics covered are capable of being cross classified with Data Items Relevant to Migrants and Ethnicity.

The WTA 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 for the Working Time Arrangements Survey is available in Working Time Arrangements, Australia (cat. no. 6342.0).

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).


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
Email: client.services@abs.gov.au