6210.5 - Workforce Participation and Workplace Flexibility, Western Australia, October 2010 Quality Declaration 
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For information on the institutional environment of the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS), including the legislative obligations of the ABS, financing and governance arrangements, and mechanisms for scrutiny of ABS operations, please see ABS Institutional Environment.


Each year in October the ABS conducts individual state specific surveys as part of the Monthly Population Survey (MPS) program. Workforce Participation and Workplace Flexibility was the October 2010 State Supplementary Survey topic for Western Australia (WA).

This survey was developed in response to a need for information on Australia's ageing population and subsequent declining labour force participation over the next 50 years. Increased labour force participation is imperative to maintain future economic prosperity. This high priority issue was raised in a report by the Productivity Commission in 2003, Economic Implications for an Ageing Population, which outlined government policy implications for a shrinking work-force.

Agencies that have expressed interests in the survey outcome are: The Western Australian Departments of Commerce, Communities (DFC), Treasury and Finance (DTF), the Public Sector Commission (PSC), the Small Business Development Corporation (SBDC)


The Workforce Participation and Workplace Flexibility, WA survey was conducted as a supplement to the monthly Labour Force Survey in the two weeks commencing 10 October 2010.


The number of full respondents for the Workforce Participation and Workplace Flexibility, WA survey was a total of 2,096

The response rate in WA was 96.0%.

Two types of error can occur in estimates that are based on a sample survey: non-sampling error and sampling error. To assist users in understanding the estimate of these errors, relative standard errors (RSEs) are provided for every data cell in tables. For further information please refer to the Technical Notes.


The Workforce Participation and Workplace Flexibility survey is not part of the ongoing ABS MPS program. Extreme caution must be used when comparing the 2010 survey with other related publications as different methodologies have been used.

The ABS has been conducting surveys on environmental issues relating to household demands placed on water, energy and transportation and has utilised a variety of sampling methods, estimation methods, concepts, data item definitions and classifications. These include:

    • revision of population benchmarks
    • new occupation and industry classifications implemented in 2008
    • Labour Mobility, Australia, Feb 2010, cat. 6209.0
    • Persons Not in Labour Force, Australia, Sept 2009, cat 6220.0
    • Underemployed Workers, Australia, Sept 2009, cat. 6265.0
    • Working Time Arrangements, Australia, Nov 2009 , cat. 6342.0
    • Barriers and Incentives to Labour Force Participation, Australia, Jul 2008 to Jun 2009, cat. 6239.0
    • Labour Mobility and Intentions, Western Australia, Oct 2008 , cat. 6209.5

For other related publications please refer to Related Publications.


Information on terminology and other technical aspects associated with statistics from the 2010 State Supplementary Survey are available. These can be found in the web-based publication Workforce Participation and Workplace Flexibility (cat. no. 6210.5), which contains detailed Explanatory Notes, a Technical Note and Glossary.


Data from the 2010 State Supplementary Survey, Workforce Participation and Workplace Flexibility, WA are available in a variety of formats. The formats available free of charge on the ABS website are:
    • Summary of Findings commentary and graphs
    • data cubes which present a variety of data items in 32 data estimate tables with accompanying RSEs for each data item.
              If the information you require is not available as a standard product, inquiries can be made by contacting the National Information and Referral Service on 1300 135 070 or Judy Griffin on (08) 9370 5935.