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FORTHCOMING IMPROVEMENTS TO THE CONTENT OF THE LABOUR FORCE AND LABOUR SUPPLEMENTARY SURVEYS
In addition, the ABS will investigate alternative approaches to providing more frequent information about industry of employment.
The ABS will also be consolidating the current labour supplementary surveys into two surveys per year - run in February and August. This consolidation will provide richer datasets with interrelated topics combined to better enable analysis of key labour market linkages between groups and topics, and will result in a more streamlined, less fragmented survey program.
More detail on the improvements are available in the Information Paper released in July 2012. The exact details may change subject to testing and an assessment of statistical impact, to ensure that the changes will not have an adverse impact on respondent burden or on estimates from the LFS.
The review also announced the creation of a Longitudinal Labour Force Confidentialised Unit Record File (LLFS CURF) which was released on 10 December under Microdata: Longitudinal Labour Force, Australia, 2008-10 (cat. no. 6602.0). This will allow users to analyse a wide range of labour market topics, including transitions of people into and out of employment and unemployment.
NEW TIMETABLE FOR IMPLEMENTING THE IMPROVEMENTS
The Information Paper released in July 2012 indicated that changes would be introduced to the LFS and supplementary surveys from July 2013. With a number of other key developments and enhancements in the LFS taking priority over the next 12 months, in particular regular rebenchmarking of labour force estimates, the ABS will implement the above improvements from July 2014. For more details on these developments see the July 2012 issue of Labour Force, Australia (cat. no. 6202.0).
In the interim, the current labour supplementary survey program will continue for another year. The revised schedule for the labour supplementary surveys and improvements to the monthly and quarterly LFS is detailed below.
For any queries regarding the implementation of any of these changes to the LFS, contact Labour Force Estimates on Canberra 02 6252 6525, or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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