This publication provides a comprehensive description of the concepts, sources and methods used in compiling Australian labour statistics. It also discusses the various statistical measures that are available, how they relate to each other, and the factors influencing their accuracy and reliability. The aim is to help users improve their understanding of the extensive range of labour statistics that are produced, and thereby to support better analyses and interpretations of the resulting data.
From time to time, particular concepts, sources and methods used in compiling labour statistics are changed or modified in the light of reviews or other developments. The practice of advising users of these changes in the appropriate labour statistics publications and through special information papers will continue. It is also intended that the chapters of this publication will be updated periodically to ensure that the concepts used and the references are relevant and current.
The ABS invites comments on the usefulness of this publication as a guide to Australian labour statistics. Such feedback will help in planning the content of updates to this publication and the descriptive material included in regular ABS labour statistics publications. Feedback should be directed to:
Labour Market Statistics
Australian Bureau of Statistics
Locked Bag 10
BELCONNEN, ACT, 2616
Telephone: 02 6252 7206