1288.0 - Standards for Labour Force Statistics, 1996  
ARCHIVED ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 13/11/1996   
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4. The scope of the population for which Labour Force Survey estimates are made is confined to the civilian, usually resident population aged 15 years and over, thus excluding:

  • Australian defence personnel
  • diplomatic personnel of overseas governments, customarily excluded from census and estimated population counts
  • persons who are usually resident in other countries and are temporarily residing in Australia (that is, the total duration of their stay in Australia is less than 12 months) and
  • members of non-Australian defence forces (and their dependants) stationed in Australia.

5. The exclusion of Australian defence personnel from the Labour Force Survey results from practical collection difficulties and low numbers involved. Where an estimate is required of the total labour force, for example in international comparisons collated by the ILO, survey estimates are supplemented by administrative counts of the defence forces.

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