6324.0.30.001 - Microdata: Work Related Injuries, 2013-14 Quality Declaration 
ARCHIVED ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 06/07/2015  First Issue
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Institutional environment

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.

TableBuilder files are released in accordance with the Census and Statistics Act, 1905. Prior to publication, files are subject to confidentiality protections to ensure that information about individuals is not able to be identified. Confidentiality practices associated with TableBuilder products are described in the confidentiality section of the User Manual: TableBuilder (cat. no. 1406.0.55.005).


Relevance relates to the degree to which statistical information meets the needs of users. It involves client liaison, program review, priority setting and assuring that the statistics produced together with the underlying concepts conform with international statistical standards. The ABS regularly reviews its statistical programs to ensure that they remain relevant to user needs. For the work-related injuries topic, this happens primarily through the Labour Statistics Advisory Group and in consultation with our key clients.

The concepts, definitions and classifications used in the work-related injuries topic help to ensure its relevance to clients. Work-related injuries data are classified according to the Type of Occurrence Classification System which is maintained by Safe Work Australia. This includes a classification for the injury or illness itself, and a classification for how the injury or illness occurred. Other classifications, concepts and definitions used in this series of data are consistent with those used in Labour Force, Australia (cat. no. 6202.0) during the corresponding time period.

Data on work-related injuries were collected as part of the 2013-14 Multipurpose Household Survey (MPHS). The MPHS is a supplement to the monthly Labour Force Survey (LFS) and is designed to collect annual statistics on a small number of self-contained topics. The scope of the LFS is restricted to people aged 15 years and over and excludes members of the permanent defence forces; certain diplomatic personnel of overseas governments usually excluded from census and estimated resident populations; overseas residents in Australia; and members of non-Australian defence forces (and their dependants). The 2013-14 MPHS also excludes people living in remote Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities and people living in non-private dwellings such as hotels, university residences, students at boarding schools, patients in hospitals, inmates of prisons and residents of other institutions (e.g. retirement homes, homes for persons with disabilities).


The timeliness of statistical information refers to the delay between the reference period to which the information pertains and the date on which the information is made available. A snapshot of this data was released approximately five months after the end of the enumeration period in Work-Related Injuries, Australia (cat. no. 6324.0).


TableBuilder microdata contains finer levels of detail for data items than were published in Work-Related Injuries, Australia (cat. no. 6324.0). Steps to confidentalise the data made available in TableBuilder are taken in such a way as to maximise the usefulness of the content while maintaining the confidentiality of respondents selected in the survey. As a result, it may not be possible to exactly reconcile all the statistics produced from TableBuilder with other published statistics. Further information about the steps taken to confidentialise the microdata is available in the User Manual: TableBuilder (cat. no. 1406.0.55.005)


Coherence of statistical data includes coherence between different data items pertaining to the same point in time, coherence between the same data item for different points in time, and coherence between various jurisdictions.

Information in the 2013-14 Work-Related Injuries, Australia (cat. no. 6324.0) and the corresponding TableBuilder product are broadly comparable to the information released for 2005-06 and 2009-10. New or modified data items available for the 2013-14 year include: whether persons reported their most recent work-related injury or illness to someone in the workplace; sector of current main job; sector of job where most recent work-related injury or illness occurred; self-assessed health status; and long-term health conditions.

International recommendations on the concepts associated with work-related hazards and risks are made by the International Conferences of Labour Statistics (ICLS). While the terminology used in the ABS work-related injuries topic differs from that used in the international standards, the underlying definitions are broadly consistent. More information is available in Chapter 15, Occupational Injuries and Diseases, Labour Statistics: Concepts, Sources and Methods (cat. no. 6102.0.55.001).


This publication assists the interpretability of the graphs and tables produced from the 2013-14 Work-Related Injuries TableBuilder product. Additional supporting information is available in User Manual: TableBuilder (cat. no. 1406.0.55.005), and the Explanatory Notes section of Work-Related Injuries, Australia (cat. no. 6324.0).


Microdata products are available to approved users. To apply for access to TableBuilder, register and apply in the Registration Centre. Users should also familiarise themselves with information available via the Microdata Entry Page.

A full list of all available microdata can be viewed via the List of expected and available Microdata.

Any queries regarding access to microdata can be forwarded to microdata.access@abs.gov.au or phone (02) 6252 7714.

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