3414.0 - Guide to Migrant Statistical Sources, 2011 (Edition 2)  
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Locations of Work


The Locations of Work (LOW) survey is an irregular survey last conducted in November 2008, prior to that in November 2005, and prior to that in June 2000. The ABS plans to conduct this survey again in November 2014. The LOW survey provides information about the locations where people work (such as their own home or employer's premises) and the job characteristics and working arrangements of people who work at home. It also presents information about the use of information technology, leave entitlements and the main reason for working at home. The scope of the survey is persons aged 15 years and over who were at work in either their main or second job during the reference week.

Data from the survey are relevant to a wide range of policies and programs, including trends in work performed away from the employer's workplace, working conditions, gender equity in the workforce, labour market planning and assistance (e.g. access to child care by working parents), changes in workplace arrangements, and the effects of technology. Information on locations of work will be used to monitor trends in workplace locations.

Data items contained within the above topics are capable of being cross classified with Data Items Relevant to Migrants and Ethnicity.

The LOW survey is conducted as part of the Monthly Population Survey, which comprises the Labour Force Survey and, in most months, a supplementary survey topic. Results of similar surveys, conducted in April 1989, March 1992 and September 1995 were published in Persons Employed at Home, Australia (cat. no. 6275.0).



  • 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 1971-1980
      • Arrived 1981-1990
      • Arrived 1991-2000
      • Arrived 2001 to survey date


A full list of data items collected for the Locations of Work survey is available in Locations of Work, Australia (cat. no. 6275.0).

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 Locations of Work 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