6224.0.00.001 - Microdata: Labour Force Status of Families, Australia  
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Data and file structure

Survey methodology

General information about the Labour Force Status of Families, including summary results, are available in the publication Labour Force Status of Families.

Detailed information about the survey including scope and coverage, survey design, data collection methodology, weighting, estimation and benchmarking, estimate reliability and a glossary can be accessed from the Methodology page of the publication. All published summary tables, in Excel spreadsheet format, can also be downloaded.

Data items

The data items included in the Labour Force Status of Families TableBuilder are grouped under broad headings and subheadings as shown in the image below. A complete data item list can be accessed from the Downloads tab.

Image: File structure haedings and subheadings

File Structure

The underlying format of the Labour Force Status of Families TableBuilder file is structured at a single family level. This family level contains general demographic characteristics of parent/s such as age and country of birth as well details about family type, number and age of children in the family and employment information for parent/s.

When tabulating data from TableBuilder, family level weights are automatically applied to the underlying sample counts to provide estimates for the total number of families.

Reference Year

From 2020, the Labour Force Status of Families TableBuilder contains a mandatory field called Reference year to allow for historical analysis. By default this field will be present in any new table as per the image below:

Image: Survey refrence years
Individual years can be removed from the table using the data item panel by selecting the required year and removing it from the table as per the image below:

    Image: Refrence years

    However, at least one category (reference period) of the mandatory field must be present in a table for TableBuilder to retrieve data.

    Not Applicable Categories

    Most data items included in the TableBuilder file include a 'Not applicable' category. The classification values of these 'Not applicable' categories, where relevant, are shown in the data item list in the Downloads tab. The 'Not applicable' category generally represents the number of people who were not asked a particular question or the number of people excluded from the population for a data item when that data were derived (e.g. Hours usually worked is not applicable to people who weren't employed; likewise Age of wife/partner does not apply to one-parent families where there is not a wife or partner).

    Zero Value Cells

    Tables generated from sample surveys will sometimes contain cells with zero values because no respondents that satisfied the parameters of a particular cell in a table were in the survey. This is despite there being people in the general population with those characteristics. This is an example of sampling variability which occurs with all sample surveys. Relative Standard Errors cannot be generated for zero cells.

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