1318.3 - Qld Stats, Dec 2007  
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New Labour Force Survey Sample Design
Queensland Statistical Training
ABS Release Information
Queensland Theme Page


The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) has been conducting the Labour Force Survey (LFS) since 1960. Originally the survey was conducted quarterly, before being changed to monthly in February 1978. The LFS provides timely and reliable information on the labour market activity of the usually resident civilian population of Australia aged 15 years and over.

Every five years, following the availability of data from the Census of Population and Housing, the ABS reviews the LFS sample design. While the design has remained broadly the same since the introduction of the LFS, the review ensures that the survey continues to accurately reflect the geographic distribution of the Australian population, and remains efficient and cost-effective.

The review based on 2006 Census data has been completed, and the new sample design will be implemented in the LFS over the period November 2007 to June 2008.

The new sample design results in a smaller sample size which is compensated for by the introduction of the composite estimation method in June 2007. As a result, for the key LFS estimates, standard errors are maintained at the levels achieved under the previous sample design. Standard errors for the Northern Territory are improved.

For further information please refer to Information Paper: Labour Force Survey Sample Design, Nov 2007 (cat. no. 6269.0). This paper outlines the sample design; the methodology of the LFS; the changes arising from this redesign; and the impact of the redesign on the LFS at national, state and regional levels.


The ABS has a commitment to encourage the informed use of State, Territory and regional data. To this end, the ABS Queensland office provides a suite of training programmes to help clients make the best use of ABS and non-ABS information. These courses aim to develop a greater understanding of statistical and analytical processes.

Courses can be tailored to suit particular needs and additional programmes can be developed as required.

In the first half of 2008, ABS Queensland is pleased to offer the following courses in Brisbane and Northern Queensland:

Course nameCourse lengthLocationCourse date/s
Making Quality Informed DecisionsOne dayBrisbane
Wednesday, 20 February 2008
Thursday, 1 May 2008
Monday, 26 May 2008
Turning Data Into InformationTwo daysBrisbane
Wednesday and Thursday, 12-13 March 2008
Wednesday and Thursday, 26-27 March 2008
Monday and Tuesday, 12-13 May 2008
Tuesday and Wednesday, 3-4 June 2008
Wednesday and Thursday, 18-19 June 2008
Basic Survey DesignTwo daysRockhampton
Wednesday and Thursday, 27-28 February 2008
Tuesday and Wednesday, 15-16 April 2008

For more details about course content and how to register see 2007 QLD Information & Registration Form_.pdf on the ABS Website at Statistical Training Queensland contacts.ABS RELEASE INFORMATION

Information on all ABS future product releases can be accessed from ABS Release Advice. This web page also provides links to Previous Releases and Main Economic Indicator Releases.QUEENSLAND THEME PAGE

This page provides access to Queensland statistical information including statistical releases and links to non-ABS sources. A wide range of economic and social statistics is covered.