6342.0 - Working Time Arrangements, Australia, November 2012 Quality Declaration 
ARCHIVED ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 03/05/2013  Final
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NOTE: This is the final issue of 6342.0 - Working Time Arrangements, Australia, November 2012. This information is now available in Characteristics of Employment (cat. no. 6333.0).

More information regarding changes to the supplementary survey programme can be found in Information paper: Outcomes of the Labour Household Surveys Content Review, 2012 (cat. no. 6107.0), or contact labourforce@abs.gov.au



This publication presents information about employees in their main job excluding contributing family workers, persons who receive payment in kind, and those aged 15-19 years who were still at school. Data are presented on these employees' working arrangements including: shift work; extra hours or overtime; and start and finish times in their main job. It also presents information about the patterns of employees' work in all jobs. This information can be cross-classified by characteristics such as hours worked, industry and occupation, and demographic characteristics.

The statistics in this publication were compiled from data collected in the Working Time Arrangements Survey, conducted throughout Australia in November 2012 as a supplement to the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) monthly Labour Force Survey (LFS).


The data item relating to hours usually worked between 7pm and 7am, which was not available in 2009, was reinstated in 2012. However, the data item has been changed to 'Whether usually worked the majority of hours between 7pm and 7am in all jobs' due to a change in the collection of data. This change will effect the comparability of this item with data from 2006. For more information see paragraph 21 of the Explanatory Notes.

From 2012, there was a change to the data item relating to hours worked in a shift from collecting about the most recent shift to collecting usual hours worked in a shift. For more information see paragraph 22 of the Explanatory Notes.

Users need to exercise caution when comparing estimates of these items from 2012 with previous data.

Table 7 presents the data item 'Whether usually worked shift work and type of shift usually worked' in more detail than in 2009.

Tables 9, 10 and 11 in the 2009 publication have been combined into a single table (9).


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 Supplementary Survey Section on Canberra (02) 6252 7206, email <labour.statistics@abs.gov.au>.