This publication, Labour Force Status and Other Characteristics of Families (cat. no. 6224.0.55.001), is produced from data collected in the June Labour Force Survey. It includes detailed family data not featured in the monthly Labour Force, Australia (cat. no. 6202.0) or Labour Force, Australia, Detailed - Electronic Delivery (cat. no. 6291.0.55.001) publications.
Since these products are all based on data collected in the Labour Force Survey, the Explanatory Notes of publication Labour Force, Australia (cat. no. 6202.0) are relevant to all three publications. Additional information is provided in Labour Statistics: Concepts, Sources and Methods (cat. no. 6102.0.55.001).
Family data was collected for civilians aged 15 years and over who were usual residents of private dwellings and whose family status could be derived. Certain exclusions typical to the Labour Force Survey were applied, including excluding families who contain foreign diplomatic or defence personnel stationed in Australia, or overseas visitors on temporary visas. Persons interviewed in the Labour Force Survey who were classed as visitors to private dwellings, and those living in non-private dwellings (including hotels, motels, hospitals and other institutions) were also excluded. After these exclusions are applied, the estimates in this publication cover approximately 81% of the survey sample.
From October 2008, the method of producing family estimates from the Labour Force Survey was improved to include the following:
- an expanded scope to include households containing permanent members of the Australian defence forces that are usually excluded from labour force estimates;
- an increased range of families in the LFS sample contributing to the family estimates; and
- improvements to the weighting method by utilising independent population benchmarks (of persons and households), ensuring the estimates more closely reflect the Australian population.
For more information, see the Information Paper: Improvements to Family Estimates from the Labour Force Survey
(cat. no. 6224.0.55.002
In July 2010, monthly Labour Force Survey estimates were compiled using population benchmarks that incorporated revisions made to Net Overseas Migration estimates in the September 2008 and September 2009 issues of Australian Demographic Statistics
(cat. no 3101.0
). Historical families estimates re-published in this publication have not yet been revised to incorporate this revision. These updates will be applied in the usual five-yearly revision of LFS data after the establishment of population benchmarks based on the 2011 Census of Population and Housing, adjusted for under-enumeration and updated for births, deaths, interstate migration, and net overseas migration. For more information about the revisions to monthly LFS estimates, refer to the article Revised Population Benchmarks
in the July 2010 issue of Labour Force, Australia
(cat. no. 6202.0
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