2008.0 - Census of Population and Housing: Nature and Content, Australia, 2016  
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This topic classifies employed people aged 15 years and over according to whether they were employed in the public sector (Australian, State/Territory or Local Government) or the private sector, in the main job held in the week before the Census. Information on sector of employer, classified by industry and occupation, is required by labour market economists to analyse changes in the labour force. It is used in the analysis of employment by the various tiers of government as well as non-government organisations.

Data on public or private employer is obtained from the question on the employer's business name.


A question on institutional sector has been included in one form or another in every Australian Census. Prior to 2006, this topic was a component of a topic named Institutional Sector. The question has undergone some nomenclature changes over recent Censuses. In 2006 and 2011 it was named Government/Non-Government Employer. For the 2016 Census this topic has been renamed Public or Private Employer Indicator.


The following question is from the paper 2016 Census Household Form.

Image: question 40 on the paper 2016 Census Household Form.