6210.5 - Workforce Participation and Workplace Flexibility, Western Australia, October 2010 Quality Declaration 
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1 This publication contains results from the Western Australia (WA) Workforce Participation and Workplace Flexibility Survey, conducted throughout WA during the two weeks commencing Sunday, 10 October 2010.

2 The survey was conducted as a supplement to the ABS Labour Force Survey (LFS). The LFS is based on a multi-stage area sample of private dwellings and a list sample of special dwellings (hotels, motels, hospitals, prisons, short-stay caravan parks, etc.). Information is obtained from the occupants of the selected dwellings by specially trained interviewers. For details of the design, scope and coverage of the LFS, users should refer to any recent edition of the ABS publication, Labour Force, Australia (cat. no. 6202.0) or the November 2002 edition of Information Paper: Labour Force Survey Sample Design (cat. no. 6269.0).


3 The Labour Force Survey covered all persons who were usual residents of private dwellings and non-institutionalised special dwellings (e.g. caravan parks, hostels etc) with the exception of:

  • members of the Australian permanent defence forces
  • certain diplomatic personnel of overseas governments, customarily excluded from censuses and surveys
  • overseas residents in Australia
  • members of non-Australian defence forces (and their dependents) stationed in Australia
  • households consisting entirely of visitors
  • selections in the Indigenous Communities Frame (ICF)
  • respondents in Special Dwellings (e.g. prisons, hospitals and boarding schools).

4 The Workforce Participation and Workplace Flexibility Survey was conducted on a subset of the full sample of private dwellings in WA that were included in the LFS.

5 Excluded from the supplementary topic:
  • persons aged 15-17 years
  • persons permanently unable to work
  • persons aged 65 years and over permanently not intending to work
  • full time students under 25 years of age
  • employers, or own account workers
  • unemployed persons.

6 Information was collected by either face to face or by telephone interview from one responsible adult per household. This adult answered questions on behalf of all persons in the household aged 18 years and over. Information was sought from an estimated 2,189 dwellings and data was obtained from 96.0% or 2,102.


7 Coverage rules were applied to ensure that each person was associated with only one dwelling and hence had only one chance of selection in the survey.


8 Estimates in this publication have been rounded and discrepancies may occur between sums of the component items and totals.


9 ABS publications draw extensively on information provided freely by individuals, businesses, governments and other organisations. Their continued cooperation is very much appreciated. Without it, the wide range of statistics published by the ABS would not be available. Information received by the ABS is treated in strict confidence as required by the Census and Statistics Act, 1905.


10 The ABS produces a wide range of publications concerning labour statistics. Users may wish to refer to the following ABS publications which relate to the survey topic:
  • Australian Labour Market Statistics, Australia, July 2010, cat. no. 6105.0
  • Australian Social Trends, June 2010, cat. no. 4102.0
  • Working Time Arrangements, Australia, November 2009, cat. no. 6342.0
  • Barriers and Incentives to Labour Force Participation, Australia, Jul 2008 to Jun 2009, cat. no. 6239.0
  • Employment Arrangements, Retirement and Superannuation, Australia, Apr to Jul 2007, cat. no. 6361.0
  • Australian and New Zealand Standard Industrial Classification (ANZSIC), 2006, cat. no. 1292.0

11 Current publications and other products released by the ABS are listed in the Catalogue of Publications and Products (cat. no. 1101.0). The Catalogue is available from any ABS office or the ABS web site <https://www.abs.gov.au>. The ABS also issues a daily Release Advice on the web site which details products to be released in the week ahead.