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Child Employment Survey


The Child Employment Survey was conducted for the first time in June 2006 as part of the Monthly Population Survey as a supplement to the monthly Labour Force Survey. The main output from this survey, Child Employment, Australia (cat. no. 6211.0) presented information about children aged 5 to 14 years who worked in the last 12 months up to June 2006.

The main aim of the survey was to find out how many children are working with a focus on occupation and school/work balance. Questions were asked of the parent or guardian to collect information on work done in the last 12 months for all children in the household aged 5 to 14 years. The survey collected details about whether children worked, when they worked, their reasons for working and their working arrangements. Data items contained within these topics are capable of being cross classified with Data Items Relevant to Migrants and Ethnicity.



  • Country of birth of child
    Note: Country of birth is collected as a core data item in the Labour Force Survey. Although individual country of birth is collected, standard outputs for this data item are usually aggregated to one of the following formats:
    • Born in Australia
    • Born overseas
      • Oceania and Antarctica
      • North-West Europe
      • Southern and Eastern Europe
      • Middle East and North Africa
      • South-East Asia
      • North-East Asia
      • Southern and Central Asia
      • Americas
      • Sub-Saharan Africa
  • Year of arrival in Australia
    • Born overseas
      • Arrived before 2001
      • Arrived 2002
      • Arrived 2003
      • Arrived 2004
      • Arrived 2005
      • Arrived 2006
    • Born in Australia
  • Country of birth of parents
    • Child in couple family
      • Both parents born in Australia
      • One parent born in Australia and one parent born overseas
      • Both parents born overseas
      • One or both parents with Country of birth not stated
    • Child in one parent family
      • Parent born in Australia
      • Parent born overseas
      • Country of birth of parent not stated
  • Year of arrival in Australia of parents
    • Arrived before 2001
    • Arrived 2001
    • Arrived 2002
    • Arrived 2003
    • Arrived 2004
    • Arrived 2005
    • Arrived 2006
    • Born in Australia
    Note: Collected in single years for each parent


A full list of data items collected for the Child Employment Survey is available in Child Employment, Australia (cat. no. 6211.0).

Further details on scope, geographic coverage, data availability and publications, methodology, classifications and concepts are available in Labour Statistics: Concepts, Sources and Methods (cat. no. 6102.0.55.001).


For further information about these and related statistics, contact the National Information and Referral Service.

Phone: 1300 135 070
Fax: 1300 135 211
Post: Client Services, ABS, GPO Box 796, Sydney 2001
Email: client.services@abs.gov.au