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UNDEREMPLOYED WORKERS SURVEY
Frequency of Collection
Method of collection
The Underemployed Workers Survey is conducted throughout Australia in September as a LFS supplementary survey. Information is collected from a responsible adult on behalf of household members. Trained interviewers conduct most interviews (70%) over the telephone, and the remainder are conducted face-to-face.
The results of supplementary surveys are released approximately six months after the survey reference period.
Underemployed Workers, Australia (ABS cat. no. 6265.0)
The concept of 'underemployment', and the ABS underemployment framework, are fully explained in Chapter 5 of Labour Statistics: Concepts, Sources and Methods (ABS cat. no. 6102.0.55.001).
The survey is conducted in both urban and rural areas in all states and territories, but excludes people living in very remote parts of Australia. Data are available for Australia, state and territory, and capital city/balance of state (excluding territories).
Customised tables are available from the ABS upon request, as a charged service.
State or territory of usual residence
Area of usual residence
Region of usual residence
Relationship in household
Country of birth
Year of arrival in Australia
Level of highest educational attainment
The Underemployed Workers Survey was conducted in May 1985, 1988 and 1991. In 1994 it became an annual survey, collected each September. Results of the 1996 and later surveys may be downloaded from the 'Past & Future Releases' tab of Underemployed Workers, Australia (ABS cat. no. 6265.0).
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