This article explores the differences between the Tourism Satellite Account’s (TSA) traditional annual data source for labour statistics, the Labour Force Survey (LFS), and the quarterly data source, the Australian Labour Account. The article discusses the rationale for, and use of, the Quarterly Tourism Labour Statistics (QTLS).
The reason for change
The extensive bushfires and the COVID-19 pandemic have increased demand for more timely information on tourism activity.
What has changed
The ABS has created an additional quarterly release that will use Labour Account data to produce experimental labour statistics. We will continue to release the annual TSA product, with the 2019-20 release due in December 2020.
Benefits of change
These changes provide more timely data and higher quality quarterly tourism industry estimates.