Locations of Work Survey
NAME OF ORGANISATION
The Locations of Work survey provides information about the locations where people work (such as their own home or employer's premises) and the job characteristics and working arrangements of people who work at home.
Data from the survey are relevant to a wide range of policies and programs, including trends in work performed away from the employer's workplace, working conditions, gender equity in the workforce, labour market planning and assistance (e.g. access to child care by working parents), changes in workplace arrangements, and the effects of technology. Information on locations of work will be used to monitor trends in workplace locations.
This survey is conducted as part of the Monthly Population Survey, which comprises the Labour Force Survey and, in most months, a supplementary survey topic.
SCOPE - Labour Force Survey
The Labour Force Survey includes all persons aged 15 and over except:
From July 1993 Jervis Bay Territory is also excluded from the scope of the survey. Before July 1993 it was included in estimates for the Australian Capital Territory.
SCOPE - Locations of Work Survey
The Locations of Work survey also excludes students who were boarding at school, patients in hospitals, residents of homes (e.g. retirement homes, homes for the handicapped ), and inmates of prisons. This survey is also restricted to employed persons who worked during the reference week.
From July 1997, all supplementary surveys excluded persons in remote and sparsely settled areas of Australia. The exclusion of these persons has only a minor effect on estimates for individual States or Territories.
COVERAGE - Labour Force Survey
In the Labour Force Survey, coverage rules are applied which aim to ensure that each person is associated with only one dwelling, and hence has only one chance of selection. The chance of a person being enumerated at two separate dwellings in the one survey is considered to be negligible.
Persons who are away from their usual residence for six weeks or less at the time of interview are enumerated at their usual residence (relevant information may be obtained from other usual residents present at the time of the survey).
Employed persons were asked about all the different types of locations where they worked in the week prior to interview and were classified by whether or not they worked at home in either their main or second job.
Persons who worked some hours at home were further classified according to whether they worked more hours at home than elsewhere in that job or less hours at home than elsewhere. Employees who worked less hours at home than elsewhere were then asked whether they had an arrangement with their employer to work at home or not. 'Home' included own home and the home of someone else other than their employer or client.
For the purposes of this survey, persons employed at home are therefore defined as employed persons who worked all or most hours at home and employees who had an arrangement with their employer to work some hours at home, in their main or second job in the reference week.
Results of the Locations of Work Survey including tables and analysis are release in publication format and include:
All location of work in main and second job, by sex
Number of locations of work in main and second job
Main location of work in main job, by age and whether had any children under 15 years, by sex
Main location of work in main job, by State or Territory of usual residence, by sex
Main location of work in main job, by birthplace and period of arrival, by sex
Main location of work in main job, by status in employment, full-time or part-time status and whether single or multiple jobholder
Single and multiple job holders, by whether did any work at home, by whether has arrangement to work at home
Age, whether had any children under 15 years, birthplace and period of arrival, by sex
Selected characteristics of employment, by sex
Occupation and industry, by sex
Hours worked at home, by sex
Selected conditions of employment, by sex
State or Territory of usual residence, by sex
Demographics: State, Area, Region, Sex, Marital Status, Relationship in Household, Period of Arrival and Age.
Country of Birth: The Standard Australian Classification of Countries (SACC).
Occupation: Australian Standard Classification of Occupations Second Edition (ASCO SE).
Industry: Australia and New Zealand Standard Industrial Classification (ANZSIC).
Other concepts (summary)
Comments and/or Other Regions
Not all data available for all areas.
Results of similar surveys, conducted in April 1989, March 1992 and September 1995 were published in Persons Employed at Home, Australia (ABS Cat. No. 6275.0).
This survey was redesigned and renamed Locations of Work for June 2000. Conceptual changes were made to better align the survey with the guidelines and recommendations of the International Labour Organisation Home Work Convention, 1996. This resulted in the definition of persons employed at home including work undertaken at both their own home and another home, excluding employer's or client's homes. The definition of persons employed at home was also widened to include farmers who only or mainly worked at home and employees who worked some hours at home with the agreement of their employer.
The focus of interest of the survey was also changed to address data quality and respondent burden issues. In Locations of Work respondents were asked about their actual work arrangements in the survey reference week rather than their usual situation, as had been done in previous surveys. To gain a broader understanding of where people work, information was also collected about all the types of places where people work rather than only concentrating on whether any work was done at home.
Data availability comments
Publication Locations of Work, Australia (ABS Cat. No. 6275.0)
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