6287.0 - Labour Force Characteristics of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians, Estimates from the Labour Force Survey, 2011 Quality Declaration 
ARCHIVED ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 26/07/2012   
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This collection presents information about the labour force characteristics of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians aged 15 years and over. The information is based on data collected in the national monthly Labour Force Survey (LFS). Revised data from previous years has also been included with this publication for comparison purposes.


The Labour Force Characteristics of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians combines data collected from each monthly Labour Force Survey conducted through out the calendar year. The results obtained from combining this data is released approximately 6 months after the end of the calendar year (ie during June).


A number of statistical issues need to be considered when using LFS estimates to describe Indigenous labour force characteristics. Some of these statistical issues arise because the LFS is designed primarily to provide reliable estimates for the whole of Australia and for each state and territory, rather than estimates for small populations. The small size of the Indigenous population, its wide dispersion, and the relatively high proportion who live in remote areas present particular difficulties. To help in the interpretation of the estimates the publication discusses these statistical issues in Concepts, Sources and Methods.


Apart from the information presented in this publication, information on the labour force characteristics of the Indigenous population is also available from:
  • Census of Population and Housing, 2011
    • Note: Census of Population and Housing: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples (Indigenous) Profile, 2011 Second Release (cat. no. 2002.0) is due out on 30 October 2012.

  • National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Survey (NATSISS), 2008 (cat. no. 4714.0)
  • National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Survey (NATSIHS), 2004-05 (cat. no. 4715.0)

Although the estimates available from the non-LFS sources are based on the same underlying concepts as the LFS, there are differences which affect the comparability of data. The publication details the differences between the various sources in Other Sources of Information.


The Labour Force Characteristics of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians release contains a summary of findings (Participation, Employment and Unemployment) to aid interpretation of the results of the survey. Detailed explanatory notes, a technical note, a glossary and details of the methodology and concepts used (in Concepts, Sources and Methods) are also included to further aid in the interpretation of the results.


The main products from this collection are a series of excel spreadsheets (available in Downloads) that are released electronically via the ABS website. Additional data may be available on request. However, the sample size of the collection, and the resulting standard errors, limits the ability for estimates to be broken down much further than what is already available in the publication.

For further information about these and related statistics, contact the National Information and Referral Service on 1300 135 070, email client.services@abs.gov.au or Labour Force on Canberra (02) 6252 6525, email labourforce@abs.gov.au