6202.0.30.005 - Labour Force Survey and Labour Mobility, Australia: Basic Confidentialised Unit Record File, Technical Manual, Feb 2006  
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This paper provides information about the release of microdata from the February 2006 Labour Force Survey (LFS) and the Labour Mobility survey. The microdata are available as a Basic Confidentialised Unit Record File (CURF) released with the approval of the Australian Statistician. The CURF is available on CD-ROM, and via the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) Remote Access Data Laboratory (RADL).

The RADL is an on-line database query system, under which microdata are held on a server at the ABS. Users of the RADL can submit programs in SAS, SPSS and Stata software to interrogate and analyse the microdata, and access the results. Further information about the RADL facility and information about obtaining access to the file is available on the ABS website <https://www.abs.gov.au> Services We Provide> CURF Microdata>.


The monthly LFS provides information on the labour market activity of the usual resident civilian population of Australia aged 15 years and over, including estimates of the number of employed and unemployed people, the unemployment rate and the labour force participation rate. Estimates from the February 2006 LFS were published in Labour Force, Australia, February 2006 (cat. no. 6202.0) in March 2006. This publication is included on the CURF CD-ROM as the Acrobat file 62020_FEB 2006.PDF.

The Labour Mobility survey is conducted biennially in February as a supplement to the LFS. It provides information about people aged 15 years and over who, within the 12 months to February 2006, either had a change of employer/business in their main job, or had some change in work with their current employer/business for whom they had worked for one year or more. People who had worked with their employer/business at February 2006 for one year or more were asked whether, in the 12 months to February 2006, they had changed the number of usual hours worked. Employees (excluding owner managers of incorporated enterprises) were also asked whether they had been promoted, transferred to a different position, or changed occupation in the 12 months to February 2006. Employees who reported any of these changes were considered to have had some change in work in the 12 months to February 2006. Estimates from the February Labour Mobility survey were published in Labour Mobility, Australia, February 2006 (cat. no. 6209.0) in December 2006. This publication is included on the CURF CD-ROM as the Acrobat file 6209_FEB 2006.PDF.


The February 2006 LFS and Labour Mobility CURF is the second in the series of CURFs containing microdata from the LFS. It is planned to release a CURF every year, alternating between the February and August supplementary topics. The upcoming CURFs are:

  • LFS and Employee Earnings, Benefits and Trade Union Membership (EEBTUM), August 2006, scheduled for release in May 2007; and
  • LFS and Labour Mobility, February 2008, scheduled for release in November 2008.

It is planned that future CURFs will be released as expanded CURFs, accessible only through the RADL, as well as Basic CURFs available on CD-ROM and the RADL. Expanded CURFs allow more detail to be presented for some data items, for example, geography, age, industry and occupation.