6226.0.00.001 - Microdata: Participation, Job Search and Mobility, Australia Quality Declaration 
Latest ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 10/08/2020   
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This product provides a range of information about the release of microdata from the 2015 to 2020 Participation, Job Search and Mobility (PJSM) surveys, including details about the survey methodology and how to use the microdata product; TableBuilder. A data item list and information on the conditions of use and the quality of the microdata are also provided. TableBuilder is an online tool for creating tables and graphs.

Microdata are the most detailed information available from a survey and are generally the responses to individual questions on the questionnaire or data derived from two or more questions

The PJSM survey is conducted in February throughout Australia and is designed to provide statistics on the following broad labour market issues - labour force participation potential, underemployment and marginal attachment, as well as job search experience and labour mobility. This information can be cross classified by characteristics such as duration of job search, last job details, hours worked, educational attainment, industry and occupation as well as personal characteristics.

Further information about this product, and other information to assist users in understanding and accessing microdata in general, is available from the 
Microdata Entry Page. Before applying for access, users should read and familiarise themselves with the information contained in the Table Builder, User Guide.

Applying for access

To apply for access to TableBuilder, register and apply in the Microdata Entry Page.

Further information on access steps can be found in 
How to Apply for Microdata on the ABS website.

Further information

Further information about the survey and the microdata can be found in the various pages associated with this product, including:

  • A detailed list of data items for the PJSM TableBuilder, available in the Downloads tab
  • Other related products on the Related Information tab.


For further support in the use of this product, please contact 
Microdata Access Strategies on 1300 135 070 or via microdata.access@abs.gov.au.

Data available on request

Data collected in the survey but not included in TableBuilder may be available from the ABS, on request, as statistics in tabulated form.

Subject to confidentiality and sampling variability constraints, special tabulations can be produced incorporating data items, populations and geographic areas selected to meet individual requirements. These are available, on request, on a fee for service basis. Contact the National Information and Referral Service on 1300 135 070 or 
client.services@abs.gov.au, or contact the Labour Surveys Branch on labour.statistics@abs.gov.au for further information.


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