1301.0 - Year Book Australia, 2004  
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Most labour market statistics focus on some aspect of labour demand or labour supply. In Australia, business surveys are the primary source of data on labour demand. The types of data collected through business surveys include labour costs, earnings and job vacancies. Population censuses and household surveys constitute the primary sources of information about the size and characteristics of labour supply. Information obtained through these types of collections includes data on current and previous labour force experience, as well as demographic data such as age, sex, family status and country of birth. Diagram 6.1 illustrates the range of labour statistics available, from Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) household and business surveys, and broadly how the statistics relate to the labour market.

The concepts and definitions underlying Australian labour statistics are based on the conventions, recommendations and guidelines developed and maintained by the International Labour Organisation and the United Nations Statistical Office. Australian labour statistics comply in almost every respect with these international standards.


Image - 6.1 The Australian labour statistics framework

Source: Labour Statistics: Concepts, Sources and Methods, 2001 (6102.0).

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