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CHARACTERISTIC: LIFELONG LEARNING AND ACCESS TO EDUCATION
PERSONS AGED 15–64, EDUCATIONAL ENROLMENT EXPERIENCE BY LABOUR FORCE STATUS 2004
** estimate has a relative standard error greater than 50% and is considered too unreliable for general use.
(a) Includes study leading to a qualification and study not leading to a qualification.
(b) Includes other institutions.
Source: ABS Education and Work, Australia, May 2004 (cat. no. 6227.0).
The Labour Force Framework
The labour force is the most widely used measure of the economically active population. The term ‘labour force’ as defined in the international standards is associated with a particular approach to the measurement of employment and unemployment. Essentially this approach is the categorisation of persons according to their activities during a short reference period by using a specific set of priority rules.
The labour force framework classifies the in-scope population into three mutually exclusive categories, at a given moment in time: employed; unemployed; and not in the labour force. The employed and unemployed categories together make up the labour force which gives a measure of the number of persons contributing to, or willing to contribute to, the supply of labour at that time. The third category (not in the labour force) represents the currently inactive population.
For more information see ABS Labour Statistics: Concepts Sources and Methods (cat. no. 6102.0, 2001).
Persons aged 15-64 years who, during the reference week: worked for one hour or more for pay, profit, commission or payment in kind, in a job or business or on a farm (comprising employees, employers and own account workers); or worked for one hour or more without pay in a family business or on a farm (i.e. contributing family workers); or were employees who had a job but were not at work and were: away from work for less than four weeks up to the end of the reference week; or away from work for more than four weeks up to the end of the reference week and received pay for some or all of the four week period to the end of the reference week; or away from work as a standard work or shift arrangement; or on strike or locked out; or on workers' compensation and expected to return to their job; or were employers or own account workers who had a job, business or farm, but were not at work.
Employed persons who usually worked 35 hours or more a week (in all jobs) and those who, although usually working less than 35 hours a week, worked 35 hours or more during the reference week.
Not in the labour force
Persons who were not in the categories ‘employed’ or ‘unemployed’.
Employed persons who usually worked less than 35 hours a week (in all jobs) and either did so during the reference week, or were not at work in the reference week.
Persons aged 15-64 years who were not employed during the reference week, and had actively looked for full-time or part-time work at any time in the four weeks up to the end of the reference week, and were available for work in the reference week; or were waiting to start a new job within four weeks from the end of the reference week and could have started in the reference week if the job had been available then.
Scope and classification
For more information refer to Explanatory Notes from ABS Education and Work, Australia, May 2004, (cat. no. 6227.0) and the labour Force Survey.