6226.0.00.001 - Microdata: Participation, Job Search and Mobility, Australia Quality Declaration 
Latest ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 10/08/2020   
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This document was added or updated on 07/07/2021.

This product provides a range of information about the release of microdata relating to people looking for work, finding work, losing jobs, changing jobs, or the reasons why people are not working or looking for work.

Microdata are the most detailed information available from a survey and are generally the responses to individual questions on the questionnaire or data derived from two or more questions.

Participation, Job Search and Mobility, 2015 to 2021

The Participation, Job Search and Mobility survey (PJSM) is conducted in February throughout Australia and is designed to provide statistics on labour market dynamics across the following 17 concepts:

  • Available for work or more hours
  • Away from work
  • Barriers to participation
  • Changes in current job over last 12 months
  • Characteristics of current main job
  • Characteristics of employment
  • Characteristics of job 12 months ago
  • Characteristics of last job
  • Demographic
  • Difficulties in finding work
  • Education
  • Families and children
  • Job offers
  • Looking for work or more hours
  • Participation and Underemployment
  • Retrenchment and lost jobs
  • Wanting to work or more hours

Microdata from the PJSM survey is released as a TableBuilder product. TableBuilder is an online tool for creating tables and graphs. Before applying for access, users should read and familiarise themselves with the information contained in the Table Builder, User Guide.

Historical microdata, 1984 to 2012

Prior to 2015, microdata relating to labour mobility was released in a number of Confidentialised Unit Record Files (CURFs). These files are now available in ABS DataLab

Accessing the data

You can use this data in:
  • TableBuilder - online tool for creating tables and graphs.
  • DataLab - analyse detailed microdata

Compare access options to see what's right for you or Apply for access.

Further information about these products, and other information to assist users in understanding and accessing microdata in general, is available from the Microdata Entry Page.

Further Information

Further information about the survey and the microdata can be found in the various pages associated with this product, including:
  • Detailed lists of data items are available in the Downloads tab.
  • Other related products on the Related Information tab.


For further support in the use of this product, please contact Microdata Access Strategies via email at microdata.access@abs.gov.au.


Data collected in the survey but not included in TableBuilder or DataLab may be available from the ABS, on request, as statistics in tabulated form.

Subject to confidentiality and sampling variability constraints, special tabulations can be produced incorporating data items, populations and geographic areas selected to meet individual requirements. These are available, on request, on a fee for service basis. For more information, contact the ABS by visiting www.abs.gov.au/about/contact-us or email the Labour Statistics Branch at labour.statistics@abs.gov.au.


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