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Survey of Employment Arrangements, Retirement and Superannuation


The Survey of Employment Arrangements, Retirement and Superannuation (SEARS) was a household survey conducted throughout Australia from 2 April to 7 July 2007. The survey collected information from approximately 27,000 individuals aged 15 years and over. Prior to SEARS, a survey with similar focus (but with less information on retirement and retirement intentions and balancing work and caring responsibilities), called the Survey of Employment Arrangements and Superannuation (SEAS), was run in 2000. A significant change impacting the comparisons of the survey results was the change in age scope, from all persons 15 to 69 years in SEAS 2000 to all persons 15 years and over for SEARS 2007.

The aim of the SEARS is to describe the diversity of employment arrangements in the Australian work force, with the focus on those characteristics considered important in identifying newer and emerging working arrangements, the types of caring responsibilities people have and the working arrangements available to balance work and family commitments, people's retirement intentions and superannuation coverage, including the amount people are contributing to superannuation and the amount they have accrued, the changes in retirement trends over time and the income arrangements that people make to provide for retirement.

Data items contained within these topics are capable of being cross classified with Data Items Relevant to Migrants and Ethnicity.



  • Birthplace
    • Born in Australia
    • Born in main English-speaking countries
    • Born in other countries
  • Year of arrival in Australia
    • Born in Australia
    • Born overseas
      • Arrived before 1975
      • Arrived 1975-1980
      • Arrived 1981-1985
      • Arrived 1986-1990
      • Arrived 1991-1995
      • Arrived 1996-2000
  • Country of birth of mother
  • Country of birth of father
  • First language spoken
  • Main language spoken at home
  • Proficiency in spoken English


A full list of data items collected for the SEARS is available in the Employment Arrangements, Retirement and Superannuation, User Guide, Australia, and in the SEARS 2007 Survey Data Items Excel datacube. The publication can be found at Employment Arrangements, Retirement and Superannuation, Australia (cat. no. 6361.0).

Additional survey data is available through the following releases:
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 Survey of Employment Arrangements and Superannuation 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
Email: client.services@abs.gov.au