NATIONAL AND STATE SUMMARY TABLES
WORK DATA SOURCES AND DEFINITIONS
Trends in women's employment
The proportion of women who are employed has increased substantially over the past quarter of a century and so the proportion of employed people that are women has increased from 36% in 1979 to 45% in 2004. A range of factors influence a woman's decision to seek employment through life cycle stages as well as the type of job she would consider. This article focuses on changes in women's employment over the last 25 years. It explores increases in the proportion of women employed across all age groups as well as changes in employment patterns among women with family responsibilities.
Trends in hours worked
Between 1985 and 2005 there were increases in average hours worked by both full-time and part-time workers. At the same time average weekly hours worked by all Australian workers declined slightly, from 35.8 hours to 34.7 hours. The decline in average hours was the result of strong growth in part-time employment compared with full-time employment. This article examines trends in hours worked over the past two decades.
Labour force participation of migrants
Migration has been pivotal in shaping Australia's economy and culturally diverse society, through its contribution to the size and composition of the population and labour force. In November 2004, more than one quarter (28%) of the Australian civilian population aged 15 years and over was born overseas. This article profiles the labour market outcomes of migrants who arrived in Australia over the past two decades.