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1301.0 - Year Book Australia, 2012  
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Labour market statistics focus on labour demand and supply. In Australia, surveys of businesses conducted by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) are the primary source of data on labour demand. The types of data collected through business surveys include labour costs, earnings and job vacancies. The ABS population censuses and household surveys provide extensive information about the size and characteristics of labour supply and potential labour supply; the major source is the monthly Labour Force Survey (LFS) and the ongoing program of supplementary surveys. Information obtained through these types of collections includes data on labour force status and employment characteristics as well as demographic characteristics, such as age. Diagram 8.1 illustrates how labour statistics from ABS household and business surveys relate to the labour market.

The concepts and definitions underlying Australian labour statistics are based on the conventions, recommendations and guidelines developed and maintained by the International Labour Organization and the United Nations Statistics Division. Australian labour statistics comply in almost every respect with these international standards.



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Statistics contained in the Year Book are the most recent available at the time of preparation. In many cases, the ABS website and the websites of other organisations provide access to more recent data. Each Year Book table or graph and the bibliography at the end of each chapter provides hyperlinks to the most up to date data release where available.

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