6239.0 - Barriers and Incentives to Labour Force Participation, Australia, July 2014 to June 2015 Quality Declaration 
Previous ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 03/05/2016   
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CONCEPTUAL FRAMEWORK

OVERVIEW

To understand potential barriers to increased labour force participation there are three groups of persons who are of particular interest:

  • unemployed (673,100 persons);
  • persons not in the labour force (5.9 million); and
  • employed persons who usually worked less than 35 hours (3.4 million).

Persons not in the labour force includes persons who wanted a paid job and those who did not want a paid job.

The 2014–15 Multipurpose Household Survey (MPHS) revealed that of persons working between 16 and 34 hours, 535,100 persons preferred to work more hours and 499,600 persons were available to start work or more hours. For persons working less than 16 hours, 413,100 preferred to work more hours and 386,900 were available to start work or more hours. The Survey also revealed that of persons not in the labour force, 1.2 million wanted a paid job and 870,100 persons were available to start work.

The following conceptual framework identifies these groups of persons.


Diagram: Conceptual Framework Overview