6202.0.30.004 - Microdata: Labour Force Survey and Labour Mobility, Australia, Feb 2012 Quality Declaration 
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Confidentialised Unit Record Files (CURFs) are released in accordance with the conditions specified in the Statistics Determination section of the Census and Statistics Act 1905 (CSA). This ensures that confidentiality is maintained whilst enabling micro level data to be released. More information on the confidentiality practices associated with CURFs can be found on the About CURF Microdata page.

For information on the institutional environment of the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS), including the legislative obligations of the ABS, financing and governance arrangements, and mechanisms for scrutiny of ABS operations, please see ABS Institutional Environment.


Microdata from the Labour Force and Labour Mobility Surveys are available as both Basic and Expanded CURFs.

Labour Force Survey data are a key element of labour market and other economic information. The principal objective is to facilitate the analysis and monitoring of social and economic aspects of the Australian labour market and working age population.

The Labour Mobility Survey microdata contains detailed information about people aged 15 years and over who, in the 12 months to February of the reference year, had a change in employer/business or had some change in work. While the scope of the survey includes people aged 15 years and over who were working at some time in the 12 months to February 2012, much of the data focuses on people who were working at February 2012.

The survey is the only source of data on labour force mobility over a twelve month period and is a major source of data for analysing the dynamic nature of the labour force.

The level of detail provided for selected data items are available within the data item list. The data item list for the Basic and Expanded CURFs can be found by clicking on the Downloads tab of this product.


The most recent Labour Mobility Survey was conducted throughout Australia during February 2012. Labour Mobility CURFs have been released biennially since 2006. Microdata products are released approximately 12 months after enumeration is completed.


The Labour Force Survey and Labour Mobility CURF generally contains finer levels of detail of data items than what is otherwise published in Labour Mobility, Australia (cat. no. 6209.0). For more information on the level of detail provided, see the associated data item listings available from the Downloads tab of this product.

Steps to confidentialise the microdata are taken in such a way as to maximise the usefulness of the content while maintaining the confidentiality of respondents selected in the survey. As a result, it may not be possible to exactly reconcile all the statistics produced from the microdata with other published statistics. Further information about the steps taken to confidentialise the microdata is available through the following link:

CURF confidentiality


The ABS conducted the first Labour Mobility Survey in November 1972. Since February 1992 the survey has been conducted biennially. Results from most recent survey, Labour Mobility, Australia (cat. no. 6209.0) were released in September 2012.

The conceptual framework used for this survey is described in Chapter 21.7 of Labour Statistics: Concepts, Sources and Methods (cat. no. 6102.0.55.001). The statistics in this survey are comparable with other labour statistics produced by the ABS.

Information on key changes made to the labour Mobility Survey can be found in the Explanatory Notes of the publication, Labour Mobility, Australia (cat. no. 6209.0) and in Chapter 21.7 of Labour Statistics: Concepts, Sources and Methods (cat. no. 6102.0.55.001).


The information within this product should be referred to when using the microdata. It contains information including Survey methodology, File structure, Using the CURF, Conditions of use and the data item lists.
Labour Mobility Survey, Australia (cat. no. 6209.0) includes information on the survey objectives, survey methods and design, survey content, data quality and interpretation, output data items, information about the availability of results and comparability with previous surveys. Further information can also be found in the Explanatory Notes section of Labour Mobility, Australia (cat. no. 6209.0).


Microdata products are available to approved users. Users wishing to access the microdata should read the How to Apply for Microdata web page, before applying for access through MiCRO. Users should also familiarise themselves with information available via the Microdata web pages.

A full list of available microdata can be viewed via the List of expected and available Microdata. More detail regarding types and modes of access to CURFs can be found on the CURF Access Modes and Levels of Detail web page.

The Basic CURF can be accessed on CD-ROM. The Expanded CURF can be accessed through the Remote Access Data Laboratory (RADL) and the ABS Data Laboratory (ABSDL).

Any questions regarding access to microdata can be forwarded to microdata.access@abs.gov.au or phone (02) 6252 7714.