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 September survey reference period was from 29 August to 11 September 2021. New South Wales, Victoria and the Australian Capital Territory were in lockdown during this period, with some easing of restrictions in regional Victoria on 10 September and some areas of regional New South Wales easing on 11 September. Hours worked recovered in Queensland, following the lockdowns in early August.