6220.0 - Persons Not in the Labour Force, Australia, Sep 2006  
ARCHIVED ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 27/03/2007   
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Note: 30 April 2007

This release corrects and expands on supporting information such as titles, footnotes, population labels and explanatory notes to aid users in the interpretation of data. The table 'Main reason not working due to caring for children' has been included as a separate data cube in this release (previously Table 4 in Data cube 3). The relative standard errors have been amended in a number of tables to reflect state/territory, rather than national level standard errors.



This publication presents information about people aged 15 years and over who are not in the labour force: that is, neither employed nor unemployed. The data measure the potential supply of labour not reflected in employment and unemployment statistics.

Statistics in this publication were obtained from the Persons Not in the Labour Force Survey, conducted throughout Australia in September 2006 as a supplement to the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) monthly Labour Force Survey (LFS).

This survey provides information about people aged 15 years and over who were not in the labour force. The survey collected details about whether they wanted to work, reasons why they were not actively looking for work, their availability for work, and their main activity while not in the labour force.

Many people not in the labour force could be considered to have some attachment to the labour force. For example they may want a job, but for a variety of reasons are not actively looking for work or are not currently available to start a job. There is an expectation that many of these people will move into the labour force in the short term, or could do so if labour market conditions changed.


From 2006, occupation data are classified according to the ANZSCO-Australian and New Zealand Standard Classification of Occupations, First Edition, 2006 (cat. no. 1220.0). The new classification replaces the ASCO-Australian Standard Classification of Occupations, Second Edition, 1997 (cat. no. 1220.0).


As estimates have been rounded, discrepancies may occur between sums of the component items and totals.


For further information about these and related statistics, contact the National Information and Referral Service on 1300 135 070 or Labour Market Section on Canberra (02) 6252 7206.