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The Career Experience Survey (CES)


The Career Experience Survey (CES) was an irregular survey last conducted in November 2002 as a supplement to the Labour Force Survey. It provided information about workplace flexibility, barriers to career development and workers with family responsibilities. The scope of the survey was persons aged 15 years and over.

The CES collected data on the career experiences of employees, including details of the current job and changes in the job such as promotions, transfers and training opportunities. Other information available includes breaks from work for 6 months or more and the reasons for those breaks, educational attainment, number of dependent children, type of leave taken when the youngest child was born and child care arrangements. Data items contained within these topics are capable of being cross classified with Data Items Relevant to Migrants and Ethnicity.

The CES survey was first conducted in February 1993 then repeated in November in 1996, 1998 and finally 2002. The ABS does not plan to conduct this survey again. Key data items from this discontinued survey are now collected in Labour Mobility, Working Time Arrangements, Pregnancy and Work Transitions and the Survey of Employment Arrangements, Retirement and Superannuation (SEARS).



  • Country of birth
    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
      • Born in main English-speaking countries
      • Born in other than main English-speaking countries
    • Born in Australia
    • Born overseas
      • Oceania and Antarctica
      • North-West Europe
      • Southern and Eastern Europe
      • North Africa and the Middle East
      • South-East Asia
      • North-East Asia
      • Southern and Central Asia
      • Americas
      • Sub-Saharan Africa
  • Country of birth and Period of arrival
    • Born in Australia
    • Born overseas
      • Arrived before 1971
      • Arrived 1971 to 1980
      • Arrived 1981 to 1990
      • Arrived 1991 to 2000
      • Arrived 2001 to survey date


A full list of data items collected for the 2002 Career Experience Survey is available in Career Experience, Australia, Nov 2002 (cat. no. 6254.0).

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) or visit the Career Experience entry in the Directory of Statistical Sources.


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