6306.0.55.001 - Microdata: Employee Earnings and Hours, Australia, May 2016 Quality Declaration 
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This product provides a range of information about the release of microdata from the May 2016 Survey of Employee Earnings and Hours (EEH) including details about how to use the Confidentialised Unit Record File (CURF). Data item list and information on the conditions of use and the quality of the microdata are also provided, along with links to details of survey definitions and methodology.

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. This level of detail is released with approval of the Australian Statistician.


The EEH survey is conducted every two years and designed to provide detailed statistics on the composition and distribution of employee earnings, hours paid for and the methods used to set employees' pay. Information is collected from a sample of employers about characteristics of both the employers (such as industry and sector) and their employees (such as occupation, type of employee, and method of setting pay). This information is used to provide comprehensive statistics about earnings and hours paid for, for various groups of employees, classified by for example industry, occupation or pay setting method. Estimates from the survey were published in Employee Earnings and Hours, Australia, May 2016 (cat. no. 6306.0) on 19th January 2017, which is available on the ABS website.


An Expanded CURF is available via the Remote Access Data Laboratory (RADL) and DataLab. Expanded CURFs allow more detail to be presented for some data items, for example, industry and occupation.

Further information about these services, 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 this product and the Responsible Use of ABS Microdata, User Guide.


To apply for access, register and apply through the Registration Centre.

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


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

    • a detailed list of data items for the Expanded CURF available on the Downloads tab;
    • the Quality Declaration, Abbreviations and Glossary relating to these products can be found on the Explanatory Notes tab; and
    • other related products on the Related Information tab.


For further support in the use of this product, please contact Customised and Microdata Delivery on (02) 6252 7714 or via microdata.access@abs.gov.au.


Data collected in the survey but not included in the Expanded CURF 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 for further information.


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