The ABS previously indicated its intention to cease publishing this article every month after the May 2021 issue (on 17 June 2021), and to only publish future updates as needed. Given the current lockdowns and other restrictions, the ABS intends to continue to publish further articles each month until changes in hours worked series return to pre-COVID conditions.
The August survey reference period was from 1 August to 14 August 2021. The Greater Sydney Lockdown began on 26 June, extended to the Hunter and Armadale regions on 5 August, the Tamworth and Byron Bay regions on 9 August and the rest of New South Wales on 15 August. The sixth Victorian lockdown began on 5 August, with restrictions easing in Regional Victoria on 10 August. South East Queensland was in lockdown from 31 July to 8 August. Cairns and Yarrabah region were in lockdown from 8 to 11 August. The lockdown in the Australian Capital Territory commenced on 12 August 2021, just prior to the end of the reference period.