Forward Work Program

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Reference period
2022-23 financial year

ABS Forward Work Program

The Forward Work Program (FWP) provides the schedule of statistical releases over the next four years. This program does not include experimental estimates and research papers. In addition to the official releases listed in this program, the ABS generates several customised data products to meet the needs of specific clients.

This program was developed through extensive consultation with government, key stakeholders including users of statistics, other government organisations and a range of non-government organisations such as community groups and industry bodies.

The ABS reviews and makes changes to the FWP to ensure it continues to appropriately measure the Australian economy, environment and society.

Statistical releases are classified into three tiers to assist with prioritising resources. This tiering was developed in consultation with a wide range of stakeholders.

Tier 1

Statistics providing the foundation work of a national statistical organisation.

Tier 2

Important areas of statistics where there is a significant government outlay or where there is a significant public policy interest.

Tier 3

Other important statistical work currently undertaken to meet identified user requirements.

Year of release 
ReleaseTier2022-232023-242024-252025-26Release Frequency
Labour Market  
Average Weekly Earnings, AustraliaT1Six-monthly
Barriers and Incentives to Labour Force Participation, AustraliaT2  Two-yearly
Characteristics of Employment, AustraliaT2Yearly
  Employee earnings   
  Working arrangements  
   Trade union membership      
Employee Earnings and Hours, AustraliaT1  Two-yearly
Employment and Earnings, Public Sector, AustraliaT1Yearly
Industrial Disputes, AustraliaT3Quarterly
Job VacanciesT2Quarterly
Jobs in AustraliaT2Yearly
Labour Account, AustraliaT2Quarterly
Labour Force Status of FamiliesT2Yearly
Labour Force, AustraliaT1Monthly
Participation, Job Search and Mobility, AustraliaT2    Yearly
 Job mobility  
 Potential workers  
 Underemployed workers  
Personal Income in AustraliaT2Yearly
Retirement and Retirement Intentions, AustraliaT2  Two-yearly
Weekly Payroll Jobs and Wages in AustraliaT2Monthly
Work Related InjuriesT2   Four-yearly
Australian IndustryT1Yearly
Assets and Liabilities of Australian SecuritisersT3Quarterly
Australian National Accounts: Distribution of Household Income, Consumption and WealthT2Two-yearly
Australian System of National AccountsT1Yearly
Balance of Payments and International Investment PositionT1Quarterly
Building Activity and Engineering ConstructionT1Quarterly
Building ApprovalsT1Monthly
Business CharacteristicsT2Yearly
Business TurnoverT1Monthly
Characteristics of Australian ExportersT2Yearly
Counts of Australian Businesses, including Entries and ExitsT1Yearly and quarterly
Estimates of Industry Level KLEMS Multifactor ProductivityT2Yearly
Estimates of Industry Multifactor ProductivityT2Yearly
Finance and WealthT1Quarterly
Government Finance StatisticsT1Quarterly
Government Finance Statistics, AnnualT2Yearly
Government Finance Statistics, Education¹ T2Yearly
Input-Output TablesT1Yearly
International Investment Position, Australia: Supplementary StatisticsT2Yearly
International Trade in Goods and ServicesT1Monthly
International Trade: Supplementary Information, Calendar YearT2Yearly
International Trade: Supplementary Information, Financial YearT2Yearly
Lending IndicatorsT2Monthly
Managed FundsT1Quarterly
Mineral and Petroleum ExplorationT2Quarterly
Modellers’ DatabaseT2Quarterly
Monthly Business Turnover IndicatorT1Monthly
Monthly Household Spending IndicatorT1Monthly
National Income, Expenditure and ProductT1Quarterly
Private New Capital Expenditure and Expected ExpenditureT1Quarterly
Quarterly Business IndicatorsT1Quarterly
Research and Development ExpenditureT2Yearly
Retail Trade SurveyT1Monthly
State AccountsT2Yearly
Supply Use TablesT2Yearly
Taxation Revenue, AustraliaT2Yearly
Price Indicators
Consumer Price IndexT1Quarterly
Consumer Price Index indicatorT1Monthly
International Trade Price IndexesT1Quarterly
Producer Price IndexesT1Quarterly
Selected Living Cost IndexesT1Quarterly
Total Value of DwellingsT2Quarterly
Wage Price IndexT1Quarterly
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Life ExpectancyT2   Five-yearly
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Population Estimates and ProjectionsT2   Five-yearly
Australian Historical Population StatisticsT3   Five-yearly
Births and DeathsT1Yearly
Causes of DeathT2Yearly
Household and Family ProjectionsT1   Five-yearly
Life ExpectancyT1Yearly
Marriages and DivorcesT3Yearly
Overseas Arrivals and DeparturesT1Monthly
Population ProjectionsT2   Five-yearly
Quarterly Estimated Resident Population by State, including Net Overseas MigrationT1Quarterly
Regional Population StatisticsT2Yearly
Environmental and Sectorial
Agricultural CensusT2    Five-yearly
Agricultural CommoditiesT2Yearly
Energy AccountT2Yearly
Energy Use and Electricity GenerationT2Yearly
Tourism Satellite AccountT3Quarterly
Value of Agricultural Commodities
Water AccountT2Yearly
Attendance at Selected Cultural Venues and Events, AustraliaT3   Four-yearly
Australian Census and Migrants Integrated DatasetT3   Five-yearly
Australian Census Temporary Entrants Integrated DatasetT3   Five-yearly
Crime: prisoners, criminal courts, crime victimisation, recorded crimeT3Yearly
Gender IndicatorsT3Yearly
General Social SurveyT3 Yearly
Indicators of Migrant OutcomesT2Irregular
Intergenerational Health and Mental Health StudyT3    Irregular
 National Study of Mental Health and Wellbeing    
 National Health Survey    
 National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Survey     
 National Nutrition and Physical Activity Survey—for the general population and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples     
 National Health Measures Survey—for the general population and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples     
Living Costs in Australia Survey³T1   Two-yearly
National Health SurveyT2  Three-yearly
Patient Experience SurveyT3Yearly
Personal Safety SurveyT3   Four-yearly
Survey of Disability, Ageing and CarersT2  Three-yearly
Survey of Education and WorkT2Yearly
Survey of Income and Housing⁴ T1   Two-yearly
Survey of Qualifications and WorkT3   Four-yearly
Time Use Survey⁵T1  Two-yearly
Work Related Training and Adult Learning SurveyT2   Four-yearly
Population and HousingT1   Five-yearly
Post Enumeration Survey⁶T1    Five-yearly
Australian Statistician’s Analytical SeriesT3Ad-hoc
Data by RegionT3Six-monthly

1. The Government Finance Statistics, Education release will be combined with the Government Finance Statistics, Annual release. All data available in the release in 2021-22 will be available in the Government Finance Statistics Annual publication in 2022-23. 

2. Household Impacts of COVID-19 ceased with final release in July 2021. It was then reinstated for February, March and April 2022.

3. The Household Expenditure Survey (previously a six-yearly release) and the Survey of Income and Housing (previously a two-yearly release) are being combined into the Living Costs in Australia Survey which will be released on a two-yearly basis, from 2024-25.

4. An extra cycle of the Survey of Income and Housing was run in 2020–21, with results to be published in 2022–23, to help measure the impact of COVID-19 on Australian households.

5. Previously an annual collection, the Time Use Survey is released on a two-yearly basis for the life of this Plan (2022–23 to 2025–26).
The ongoing frequency of this collection is currently under review.

6. The Post Enumeration Survey is known to respondents as the Post Census Review; it is next due for release in 2026–27.

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