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SURVEY OF EMPLOYMENT ARRANGEMENTS, RETIREMENT AND SUPERANNUATION
The scope of SEARS 2007 includes persons aged 15 years and over who were usual residents of private dwellings throughout Australia, excluding the very remote areas, and covering about 97 per cent of the people living in Australia. Private dwellings are houses, flats, home units, caravans, garages, tents and other structures that are used as places of residence at the time of interview. Long-stay caravan parks are also included. These are distinct from non-private dwellings which include hotels, boarding schools, boarding houses and institutions.
Different reference periods were used for collecting various components of SEARS 2007 data, to correspond with information that would be readily available to respondents of the survey. Labour force status was determined on the basis of activity in the week prior to the interview. Details of employment arrangements were generally collected on a 'usual working arrangements' basis. Income data were collected using the last financial year as the reference period for business and property income, and the last pay period for wages and salaries and other sources of private income. The preferred reference period for collection of superannuation data was the 2005-2006 financial year. However, where information was not available for this period, information was accepted for other periods, providing they commenced no earlier than 1 July 2004.
Frequency of Collection
A similar survey was conducted in 2000, and the next SEARS is planned to be conducted in 2013.
Method of Collection
The majority of the survey information was collected directly from respondents by trained interviewers using computer assisted interview (CAI) technology. Questions related to household composition and tenure were asked of an adult (18 years old or over), and then all usual residents aged over 15 years in the selected households were separately interviewed.
Some respondents who were unable to refer to appropriate superannuation records chose to authorise their superannuation fund to provide specific information to the ABS, on behalf of the fund member, about their superannuation contributions and balances.
Results of SEARS 2007, were released in November 2008.
Employment Arrangements, Retirement and Superannuation, Australia, Apr to Jul 2007 (ABS cat. no. 6361.0)
User Guide: Employment Arrangements, Retirement and Superannuation, Australia, April to July 2007 (ABS cat. no. 6361.0.55.002)
Information is available for Australia, the states and territories.
The data service for this survey includes state tables, data cubes of publication tables and of relative standard errors, a microdata file, and data available on request (table requests).
Employment Arrangements, Retirement and Superannuation; State Tables, Apr to Jul 2007 (ABS cat. no. 6361.0.55.003)
Datacubes: Employment Arrangements, Retirement and Superannuation, Australia, April to July 2007 (ABS cat. no. 6361.0.55.004)
Microdata: Employment Arrangements, Retirement and Superannuation, Expanded CURF, Australia, Apr to Jul 2007 (ABS cat. no. 6361.0.55.001)
Level of highest non-school qualification
Main field of highest non-school qualification
Level of highest educational attainment
Full- or Part-time study status (current study)
Educational institution type (current study)
Demographics and Housing
Working patterns and preferred working arrangements
Job stability and flexibility
Home based work
Retirement and retirement intentions
Income and sources of income
Working arrangements used for caring responsibilities
SEARS was a follow up of the Survey of Employment and Superannuation (SEAS) conducted in 2000. SEARS 2007 had a similar focus to SEAS 2000 and collected a similar range of data. However data items are not strictly comparable, due to changes in the survey scope, methodology and concepts.
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