Survey Participant Information - Survey of Employee Earnings and Hours
 

SURVEY OF EMPLOYEE EARNINGS AND HOURS - HELP PAGE

INTRODUCTION
SUBMITTING DATA
GENERAL INFORMATION
GUIDE TO THE QUESTIONS



INTRODUCTION

This page contains information to help businesses that have been selected on the biennial Survey of Employee Earnings and Hours to understand and complete the survey questionnaire. The 2016 survey is now underway and the reference period is the last pay period ending on or before 20 MAY 2016. For general information about participation in business surveys, please see Business FAQs .

SUBMITTING DATA

How do I access the web form?

To access your web form you will need to log in to your Survey Account at - www.abs.gov.au/survey . If you do not have a Survey Account you will need to create one using your email address and a password of your choice. This survey can then be added to your Survey Account by entering the Form Access Code that is included in your letter from the ABS. If you have misplaced your letter, please call 1800 805 797 (free call excluding mobile phones) to request your access code.

Can I save an unfinished web form?

Yes, there is a functionality to save the web form when partially completed so you can return to it later. To do this simply click the Save and Exit button at the top of the form. This will save your form and exit you from the system. You will receive a confirmation message. You can then log back in to complete the survey at any time. Please be aware that, for security reasons, if there is inactivity on your computer for 20 minutes the web form will time out without saving.

Can I keep a record of my completed web form?

Yes, the ABS highly recommends that you keep a copy of your completed form for your own personal records.
    • To print a copy of the form, click the Print button on the receipt pages.
    • A sample version of the form is available to download by clicking Preview of Survey Questions from the navigation menu.

Can I get an extension or request assistance to complete the web form?

If you need assistance in completing the web form, or have difficulties doing so on or soon after the reference date, an extension of time may be available. Please call 1800 805 797 (free call excluding mobile phones) and advise our staff of your situation.
GENERAL INFORMATION

How was my business selected in the survey?
How long will I be on the survey?
What types of businesses are included in the survey?
What is the purpose of the survey?
What is the survey reference period?
What if my business does not have any employees?
What if my business did not operate during the reference period?
How was my business selected in the survey?

The Survey of Employee Earnings and Hours has a randomly selected sample of approximately 8,200 employing businesses, from which a sample of 60,000 employees is also randomly selected. Selected businesses receive the survey questionnaire and represent other similar businesses in the same employment size range, broad industry, sector and state or territory. The sample is selected from the Australian Business Register which contains the names and addresses of all businesses that have registered an ABN with the Australian Taxation Office.


How long will I be on the survey?

The Survey of Employee Earnings and Hours is conducted once every two years. A new sample is selected each time the survey is undertaken. Most smaller businesses are unlikely to be selected for more than one survey period. Some larger businesses, however, are selected each time the survey is conducted due to their significance to the overall survey results.

What types of businesses are included in the survey?

The Survey of Employee Earnings and Hours collects data from the public and private sectors, from businesses of varying employment sizes and from all industries except those engaged primarily in agriculture, forestry or fishing, private households employing staff and foreign embassies, consulates, etc.

In addition, for a business to be included in the survey, it must employ staff that are within the scope of the survey. All wage and salary earners who received pay for the last pay period ending on or before 20 MAY 2016 are considered in scope of the survey, excluding:
  • members of the Australian permanent defence forces;
  • employees of enterprises primarily engaged in agriculture, forestry or fishing;
  • employees of private households;
  • employees of overseas embassies, consulates, etc.;
  • employees based outside of Australia;
  • employees on workers' compensation who are not paid through the payroll;
  • casual employees who did not receive pay during the reference period;
  • employees on leave without pay who did not receive pay during the reference period;
  • employees on strike, or stood down, who did not receive pay during the reference period;
  • directors who are not paid a salary;
  • proprietors/partners of unincorporated businesses;
  • self-employed persons such as subcontractors, owner/drivers, consultants;
  • persons paid solely by commission without a retainer; and
  • employees paid under the Australian Government's Paid Parental Leave Scheme.

If you believe your business has been incorrectly included in the Survey of Employee Earnings and Hours, please contact the ABS on 1800 805 797.What is the purpose of the survey?

The purpose of the survey is to produce estimates of the earnings, hours paid for, and selected characteristics of employees associated with the full range of occupations in Australia. It also produces estimates of the main pay setting methods. Estimates from the survey are used by a large number of users in both Commonwealth and State Government departments, employer associations and trade unions. The key uses of the survey data include:
  • economic and labour market analysis by both government and private organisations; and
  • representations in the award and wage case submission process.

Results from the survey are published about eight months following the reference period in Employee Earnings and Hours, Australia (cat. no. 6306.0).

What is the survey reference period?

The reference period for the Survey of Employee Earnings and Hours is the last pay period ending on or before 20 MAY 2016. If your organisation has more than one payroll, please report for all payrolls of the organisation as outlined in the letter we sent you.

What if my business does not have any employees?

Some businesses operate without any employees (for example, businesses operated entirely by owners of unincorporated entities). In this case, please notify the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) on 1800 805 797. In order for the ABS to determine the correct course of action for this business, you will be asked a few questions (for example, if there is any intention for the business to employ in the future?).

What if my business did not operate during the reference period?

If the business you are reporting for has ceased operating or did not operate during the reference period please notify the ABS on 1800 805 797. In order for the ABS to determine the correct course of action for this business, you will be asked a few questions (for example, what is the seasonal pattern of the business or when did the business last operate?).

GUIDE TO THE QUESTIONS

Questions about the business
Questions about selected employees
Part 1 Employee characteristics
Part 2 Gross earnings
Part 3 Hours paid for
Part 4 Pay setting

Questions about the business

Contact information
Q1 Main activity of the business
Q2 Number of employees who earned pay
Select sample of employees


Contact information

This question requires the person who is completing the form to provide specific contact information. This assists us if we have any queries regarding the information provided.

Question 1 Main activity of the business

This question requires you to describe the activity from which this business/organisation derives its main income. (e.g. carpentry, real estate agency, clothes retailing). This information can be used to assist us in the coding process of employee's occupation.
Question 2 Number of employees who earned pay

This question requires you to report the number of employees on all payrolls in this organisation, who earned pay for any part of the last pay period ending on or before 20 MAY 2016, who are based in the location specified in the letter sent to you.

Including
  • permanent, temporary and casual employees
  • full-time and part-time employees
  • managerial and executive employees
  • employees who commenced or terminated employment during the reference period
  • employees absent on paid or prepaid leave
  • employees on workers compensation who continue to be paid though the payroll
  • persons paid a retainer, wage or salary
  • Salaried directors if this is an incorporated business (e.g. Pty Ltd)
  • employees paid from elsewhere but based in the location specified in the letter sent to you

Excluding
  • employees paid solely under the Australian Government's Paid Parental Leave Scheme
  • employees who did not receive pay for the pay period (e.g. casuals who did not work during the reference period)
  • non-salaried directors
  • working proprietors and partners of unincorporated businesses (e.g sole traders or partnerships)
  • self-employed persons such as sub-contractors or consultants who are not employees of this organisation
  • persons paid by commission only (i.e. a retainer, wage or salary is not paid)
  • employees paid from the location specified in the letter sent to you but based elsewhere

If the number of employees you have reported is significantly different to what was expected, you will be required to provide an explanation to explain the shift in the number of employee's in this business.

NOTE: For organisations with more than one payroll (e.g. weekly, fortnightly and monthly), a sum of the employees on all payrolls who received pay for the reference period should be provided unless clearly specified otherwise.
Select sample of employees

Before proceeding to answer the questions about employees you are first asked to select the sample of employees you will report for. You are required to select the sample of employees from all the employees reported in Question 2 (see above) by following the instructions provided. The selection procedure is designed to produce a representative sample of employees in Australia, even though it might not produce a representative sample of employees in your business. It is important that you follow the instructions as described to select the appropriate number of employees. If information is submitted for less than the expected number of employees, the ABS will contact you at a later date to obtain the outstanding information.

You will then be asked to enter a unique identifier (of your own choosing) for each selected employee. This question is designed to enable you to identify the correct employee record in the event that the ABS needs to clarify any details with you.

Questions about selected employees

Based on the information you provided, a list of selected employees will be displayed. For each employee selected from your payroll you will be asked a series of questions related to their characteristics, their gross earnings, the hours for which they have been paid and how their pay was set.
Part 1 Employee characteristics

For each employee selected from your payroll you will be asked a series of questions related to their characteristics, their gross earnings, the hours for which they have been paid and how their pay was set.

Question 1 Identification of employee
Question 2 Sex of employee
Question 3 Age of employee
Question 4 Employee rate of pay
Question 5 Occupation title
Question 6 Main tasks or duties of employee
Question 7 Is this employee an owner manager of an incorporated enterprise?
Question 8 Is this employee an upper level manager or executive?
Question 9 Is this employee permanent, fixed term or casual?
Question 10 Does this employee receive a casual loading or higher rate of pay to compensate for lack of paid leave entitlements?
Question 11 Does this employee work full-time or part-time?
Question 1 Identification of employee

This question will be auto-populated with the Employee ID you previously entered in the form.
Question 2 Sex of employee

This question is designed to identify whether the employee is a male or a female. It allows earnings and hours information to be analysed according to sex of employee.
Question 3 Age of employee

This question is designed to identify the age of the employee as at the last pay period ending on or before 20 May 2016. It allows earnings and hours information to be analysed according to age and customised age groupings.Question 4 Employee rate of pay
    This question is designed to determine whether the employee is paid at the adult, junior, trainee or apprentice or disability rate of pay. It allows earnings and hours information for the various rate of pay groups to be analysed separately.

    The adult rate is the rate of pay for an adult employee in their occupation as stipulated in an award, agreement or the minimum wage order in the relevant jurisdiction.

    The junior rate is the rate of pay that applies to junior employees in their occupation, generally defined as a proportion of the adult wage. This proportion usually increases with age until the junior worker is 21 years old.

    The apprentice/trainee rate is the rate of pay that applies to apprentices or trainees as stipulated in an award, agreement or the minimum wage order in the relevant jurisdiction.

    The disability rate is the rate of pay as stipulated for employees with a disability who are unable to perform the range of duties to the level required of an employee within the class of work and meet the impairment criteria for receipt of a Disability Support Pension.

    People employed as apprentices and trainees or are junior (under 21 years of age) or have a disability may be paid more than rate specified for these groups of employees. The rate of pay is to reflect the actual rate paid to the employee by the employer.
    Question 5 Occupation title

    This question is designed to provide details of the employees occupation. Information provided in these questions is used to determine the appropriate occupation code for the employee reported. Occupation is classified according to the Australian and New Zealand Standard Classification of Occupations (ANZSCO).

    You are required to provide the full title of employee's occupation, stating trade, class or grade where applicable. For example, primary school teacher, machine operator, 2nd year apprentice chef, etc.
    Question 6 Main tasks or duties of employee

    This question is designed to make the coding of the more complex or ambiguous occupations possible. It requires you to describe as fully as possible the main tasks or duties usually performed by the employee you are reporting for. For example, prepare lessons and teaches, operates extruding machine, assists in food preparation etc.
    Question 7 Is this employee an owner manager of an incorporated enterprise?

    This question is designed to determine whether an owner manager of an incorporated enterprise is a paid employee of their own business. It allows earnings information for managerial employees to be analysed separately.

    An owner manager of an incorporated enterprise will be paid through the businesses payroll and issued with with a payment summary at the end of the financial year. Sole proprietors, partners of unincorporated entities and trustees should not be reported as owner managers of incorporated entities.
    Question 8 Is this employee an upper level manager or executive?

    This question is designed to determine whether the employee is an upper level manager or executive. It allows earnings information for managerial employees to be analysed separately.

    For the purposes of the Survey of Employee Earnings and Hours, upper level managers are employees who have strategic responsibilities in the conduct of operations of the business. Upper level managers generally make executive decisions which can affect the entire business, for example they may be able to make a decision to open or close a branch of the business. Generally, area managers or supervisors are not classified as upper level managers. Other characteristics of upper level managers include being in charge of a significant number of employees, and usually not having entitlement to paid overtime. Question 9 Is this employee permanent, fixed term or casual?

    This question is designed to determine whether the employee is employed on a permanent, fixed term or casual basis for analysis purposes.

    Casual employees usually receive a slightly higher rate of pay, to compensate for lack of paid leave entitlements. They frequently do not work a set number of hours. Fixed-term contract employees are those with an employment contract with a specified fixed time frame, while permanent jobs are those with ongoing tenure and access to paid leave. Some fixed term employees also receive a slightly higher rate of pay to compensate for lack of permanency and leave entitlements, even though they are generally employed for a set number of hours throughout the term of their employment.
    Question 10 Does this employee receive a casual loading or higher rate of pay to compensate for lack of paid leave entitlements?

    Casual loading refers to a higher rate of pay to compensate for lack of paid leave entitlements. It should not be confused with increases in the hourly rate that are paid as an incentive for good performance or other reasons.
    Question 11 Does this employee work full-time or part-time?

    This question is designed to determine whether the employee works full-time or part-time. It allows earnings and hours information for full-time and part-time employees to be analysed separately.

    For the purposes of the Survey of Employee Hours and Earnings, employees (including casuals) should be reported as full-time if they usually work the hours agreed to as being full-time under the relevant award or agreement. If there are no award or agreed hours, employees should be regarded as full-time if usual hours of work per week are 35 or more.

    Otherwise an employee is considered part-time.

    Casual employees should be classified on the basis of the hours they usually work. If they do not have 'usual hours' they should be classified according to the hours worked during the period for which you are reporting.

    Part 2 Gross earnings

    Question 12 Pay frequency
    Question 13 Total amount salary sacrificed
    Question 14 Total taxable gross earnings
    Question 15 Taxable ordinary time earnings
    Question 16 Overtime earnings
    Question 17 Taxable allowances paid
    Question 18 All other taxable payments paid in the pay period

    Question 12 Pay frequency

    This question is designed to allow you to report earnings and hours on the same basis of your payroll set up. You are not required to adjust the information in any way. For instance, if the employee you are reporting for is paid monthly, select monthly and report all earnings and hours on a monthly basis. If your payroll frequency is not weekly, fortnightly or monthly, select 'other' and write in details of the frequency e.g. if an employee is paid every four weeks rather than for a calendar month, select 'other', then specify four weekly.

    All earnings figures should always relate to the pay frequency selected in Question 12. You will be asked this question in relation to each employee for whom you have been asked to report. If you have multiple payrolls indicate the frequency at which the particular employee you are reporting for was paid. Question 13 Total amount salary sacrificed

    This question is designed to collect information on amounts salary sacrificed. With salary sacrificing becoming increasingly popular, this question allows earnings to be analysed taking into consideration the employee's cash and non-cash remuneration. Salary sacrifice can generally be altered according to the employees wishes from time to time. It should not be confused with salary packaging, which is an arrangement that forms a fixed component of their total remuneration, such as a company car or a mobile phone.

    Salary sacrifice is an arrangement where an employee agrees to forgo part of their pre-tax salary in return for benefits. Common types of benefits include pre-tax contributions to superannuation funds and novated leases for motor vehicles.

    Including
    • Fringe benefits tax incurred on benefits provided through a salary sacrifice arrangement;
    • Any portion of weekly, fortnightly, monthly or quarterly bonuses that was salary sacrificed

    Excluding
    • Value of fringe benefits not provided through a salary sacrifice arrangement e.g. entertainment expenses;
    • Employee contributions from post-tax earnings;
    • Salary sacrifice of half-yearly, annual, or irregular or one-off bonuses

    Providing a description of item(s) salary sacrificed will assist the ABS in processing your form without the need to contact you for clarification.
    Question 14 Total taxable gross earnings

    This question is designed to collect information on the employee's total taxable gross earnings for the period reported for. It should exclude amounts salary sacrificed as they are taken from the earnings before tax is applied. Reimbursement of expenses (e.g. travel, entertainment, meals and other expenses) are non-taxable and should be excluded from all earnings questions.
    Question 15 Taxable ordinary time earnings

    This question is designed to collect information on taxable payments paid to the employee during the reference period that are designated as 'ordinary time earnings'. Ordinary time earnings are payments for standard or agreed hours of work and are a component of total taxable gross earnings as reported in Question 14 and should also exclude amounts salary sacrificed. For many employees it is equal to total gross earnings if no overtime, allowances or other payments are made during the reference period.

    Including
    • Base pay
    • Shift/penalty payments for ordinary time hours
    • Retainers
    • Payments made in the reference period which vary according to measured performance e.g. piecework, production bonuses, commissions, etc.
    • Weekly, fortnightly, monthly or quarterly bonuses that are based on measured performance

    Excluding
    • Amounts salary sacrificed
    • Overtime earnings
    • Taxable allowances
    • Other taxable payments such as annual leave loading; half-yearly, annual, irregular or one off bonuses; pay in advance or back pay; severance, termination or redundancy payments; or reimbursements for expenses.
    Question 16 Overtime earnings

    This question is designed to collect information on taxable payments paid to the employee during the reference period that are designated as 'overtime earnings'. Overtime earnings are payments for work performed in excess of standard or agreed hours of work. Overtime earnings are a component of total taxable gross earnings as reported in Question 14 and should also exclude amounts salary sacrificed.

    Including
    • Overtime paid at ordinary time rates
    • Payment for work in excess of award, standard or agreed hours in the reference period
    • Shift/penalty payments for overtime hours

    Excluding
    • Shift/penalty payments for ordinary time hours
    Question 17 Taxable allowances paid

    This question is designed to provide a breakdown of the total gross earnings referring, for instance to site, first aid, locality and clothing allowances. Allowances reported should be taxable and relate only to the pay period information is being reported for.

    Reimbursement of expenses (e.g. travel, entertainment, meals and other expenses) are non-taxable and should be excluded from all earnings questions.

    Providing a description of the allowances paid will assist the ABS in processing your form without the need to contact you for clarification.
    Question 18 All other taxable payments paid in the pay period

    This question is designed to collect information on taxable payments paid to the employee during the reference period but which did not directly relate to it. It allows for earnings which did not relate to the pay period, such as back pay, to be analysed separately.

    Including
    • Annual leave loading
    • Half yearly, annual, irregular or one-off bonuses
    • Pay in advance or back pay
    • Severance, termination and redundancy payments

    Excluding
    • Reimbursements for expenses (e.g. travel, entertainment, meals and other expenses)

    Providing a description of all other taxable payments will assist the ABS in processing your form without the need to contact you for clarification.
    Part 3 Hours paid for

    These questions relate to hours paid for in the last pay period ending on or before 20 May 2016.

    Question 19 Ordinary time hours paid for
    Question 20 Overtime hours paid for
    Question 19 Ordinary time hours paid for

    This question is designed to collect information on the number of award, standard or agreed hours of work which were actually paid for in the pay period. The hours reported in this question should relate to the pay frequency selected in Question 12. For example, if the employee is paid monthly, monthly ordinary hours should be reported.

    Including
    • Hours of paid leave relating to the pay period

    Excluding
    • Overtime hours
    • Hours on stand-by or reporting time except when these are part of ordinary time hours

    You are not required to convert ordinary time hours paid for at penalty rates, for example shift hours, to their ordinary time equivalent.
    Question 20 Overtime hours paid for

    This question is designed to collect information on the number of hours in excess of award, standard or agreed hours which were paid for in the pay period. The hours reported in this question should relate to the pay frequency selected in Question 12. Thus, if the employee is paid monthly, monthly overtime hours should be reported.

    Including
    • Overtime hours paid at the standard rate and penalty rates

    Excluding
    • Standard hours paid at penalty rates
    • Normal shift work

    You are not required to convert overtime hours to their ordinary time equivalent. For instance, if 4 hours of overtime were paid at time and a half, the hours reported should be 4 and not 6.

    Part 4 How this employee's pay was set

    These questions are designed to collect information on how the pay was set for the employee for whom you are reporting. It is not necessary to complete the pay setting questions for owner managers of incorporated entities (refer to Question 7 for a definition).

    Question 21 Was this employee's pay set by a collective agreement?
    Question 22 Was this employee's pay set by an award?
    Question 23 Was the employee's pay set at the rate of pay specified in the award?
    Question 24 Was this employee's pay set by an arrangement to pay more than the rate of pay specified in the award?
    Question 25 Was this employee's pay set by an individual agreement or individual contract?
    Question 26 Please specify how this employee's pay was set
    Question 27 Is this agreement lodged, certified, approved or registered with an industrial tribunal or authority?
    Question 28 With which industrial tribunal or authority has this agreement been lodged, certified, approved or registered?
    Question 29 What is the name of the agreement?
    Question 30 What is the name of the award?
    Question 31 Is this a federal or state award?
    Question 32 Comments
    Question 33 Mark employee as partially completed or completed
    Question 21 Was this employee's pay set by a collective agreement?

    Collective agreements set pay and conditions for a group of employees through a negotiation process.

    Including
    • Enterprise agreements
    • Workplace, industry, site or project collective agreements
    • Preserved Collective State Agreements
    • Enterprise Bargaining Agreements (EBA) or Certified Agreements (CA)
    • Unregistered or verbal collective agreements
    Excluding
    • Awards (include in Question 22) and individual agreements or individual contracts (include in Question 25)


    Question 22 Was this employee's pay set by an award?

    Awards are legally enforceable determinations of Federal and State industrial tribunals or authorities that set pay and conditions.

    Including
    • Modern awards
    • Transitional awards
    • Pre-reform awards

    Excluding
    • Collective agreements and individual agreements or individual contracts

    Question 23 Was this employee's pay set at the rate of pay specified in the award?

    For employees paid according to an award, this question determines whether or not their rate of pay is exactly the one specified in the award.

    Question 24 Was this employee's pay set by an arrangement to pay more than the rate of pay specified in the award?

    This question applies only if a response to Question 21 refers to Awards and if the employee is not paid the exact rate specified in the award as indicated in Question 23.

    The purpose of this question is to determine if the employee is paid exactly at the rate specified in the award or if they receive payments set above the award rate for their occupation and level of skill. It allows for information regarding payments made at the award rate and above the award rate to be analysed separately.


    Question 25 Was this employee's pay set by an individual agreement or individual contract?

    Individual agreements or contracts set the pay and conditions for an individual employee. They may be verbal or written and signed by the employee.

    Including
    • Individual Transitional Employment Agreements (ITEA)
    • Australian Workplace Agreements (AWA)
    • Preserved Individual State Agreements
    • Individual employment contracts
    • Informal individual arrangements
    Excluding
    • Collective agreements and awards

    Question 26 Please specify how this employee's pay was set

    If the you have not selected either collective agreement, award or individual agreement, you will be required to provide a description of the pay setting method used. Providing a description of the alternative method of setting pay will assist the ABS in processing your form without the need to contact you for clarification.

    Question 27 Is this agreement lodged, certified, approved or registered with an industrial tribunal or authority?

    This question applies only if a response to Question 21 or 25 refers to Collective or Individual agreement.

    The purpose of this question is to determine whether the agreement has been registered with an industrial tribunal or authority, which is used for analysis by registered and unregistered agreements.

    Question 28 With which industrial tribunal or authority has this agreement been lodged, certified, approved or registered?

    This question applies only if a response to Question 27 refers to Registered agreements.

    The purpose of this question is to determine with which tribunal the agreement has been registered with.

    Five options are provided:

    Fair Work Australia
    Workplace Authority (formerly Office of the Employment Advocate)
    Australian Industrial Relations Commission
    State Industrial Relations Commission or equivalent
    Other

    If the option 'Other' is selected, you will be required to provide the name of the industrial tribunal or authority the agreement is registered with. Providing the name of the industrial tribunal or authority will assist the ABS in processing your form without the need to contact you for clarification.

    Question 29 What is the name of the agreement?

    This question applies to Registered agreements.

    Providing the actual name of the agreement will assist the ABS in processing your form without the need to contact you for clarification.


    Question 30 What is the name of the award?

    This question applies only to employees paid at the award rate.

    Providing the actual name of the award will assist the ABS in processing your form without the need to contact you for clarification.

    Question 31 Is this a federal or state award?

    This question applies only to employees paid at the award rate.

    Two options are provided:

    Federal award (including modern awards);
    State award;

    The purpose of this question is to determine the jurisdiction under which the employees is paid. It allows for information regarding Federal and State jurisdiction to be analysed separately.

    Question 32 Comments

    This question allows you to report any unusual features affecting the employee’s earnings, hours or pay setting arrangements. For example, extremely high or low commissions, unusually high overtime hours worked, pay increase received, or implementation of a new pay setting arrangement. Providing information in this question will assist the ABS in processing your form without the need to contact you for clarification.

    Question 33 Mark employee as partially completed or completed

    The question allows you to mark the employee as completed or partially completed on your employee list. Select "Partially completed" if you intend to amend your responses for this employee or select "completed" if you do not intend to amend your responses for this employee.

    FEEDBACK
    Comments

    You may use this to provide additional information or explanation about any responses provided in the survey that is relevant to your whole business or all employees, particularly if there is something unusual that occurred in the reported pay period/s. You can also comment on difficulties you had providing the required information or suggestions for improvements. Providing information in this question will assist the ABS in processing your form without the need to contact you for clarification.
    Time Taken

    Reporting the time taken to complete the survey assists the ABS in the survey review process and helps in the planning of future surveys.
    THANK YOU

    The ABS is grateful for the cooperation of businesses in submitting completed forms promptly to enable early processing and timely release of results from our surveys. We look forward to your continued support.