6239.0 - Barriers and Incentives to Labour Force Participation, Australia, July 2012 to June 2013 Quality Declaration 
ARCHIVED ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 28/11/2013   
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This publication presents information about people aged 18 years and over who are either not employed or who usually worked less than 35 hours per week. In respect of employed people, the Barriers and Incentives to Labour Force Participation topic collects data for those working less than 35 hours, as they have the greatest potential to increase their labour force participation. The data collected provides information on the potential labour force and the characteristics of that potential labour force. Data from this survey are used to obtain a better understanding of the factors that influence people to participate(more) in the labour force and the hours they work. By identifying the barriers that people face in joining the labour force or in working greater hours or in getting a job, a range of incentives to increase labour force participation and hours worked may then be identified.

The statistics in this publication were compiled from the Multipurpose Household Survey (MPHS), conducted throughout Australia during the 2012–13 financial year, as a supplement to the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) monthly Labour Force Survey.

Information on the other topics collected in the 2012–13 MPHS can be found in paragraph 1 of the Explanatory Notes.


The scope of the 2012–13 survey was increased to include all employed people who were working less than 35 hours, in addition to those not employed. For previous surveys, only employed people who worked less than 16 hours were included in the survey.

The 2012–13 survey included questions on incentives to join or increase participation in the labour force. Some enhancements were made to these questions since they were last included in the 2008–09 survey.

For the 2012–13 survey, the new items satisfaction with current hours worked and satisfaction with current work arrangements were included and have been shown in this publication. Data is also available for the other new items: preferred number of hours per week for the unemployed and long-term health conditions.


The MPHS is designed primarily to provide estimates at the Australia level. Broad estimates are also available for states and territories, although users should exercise caution when using estimates at this level, because of the presence of high sampling errors. For further information about the reliability of the estimates see paragraph 14 of the Explanatory Notes.


As estimates have been rounded, discrepancies may occur between sums of the component items and totals.


For further information about these and related statistics, contact the National Information and Referral Service on 1300135070 or Labour Market Statistics Section on Canberra (02)62527206, email <labour.statistics@abs.gov.au>.