4234.0.30.001 - Microdata: Work Related Training and Adult Learning, April 2013 Quality Declaration 
ARCHIVED ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 28/03/2014  First Issue
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For information on the institutional environment of the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS), including the legislative obligations of the ABS, financing and governance arrangements, and mechanisms for scrutiny of ABS operations, please see ABS Institutional Environment.

TableBuilder files are released in accordance with the conditions specified in the Statistics Determination section of the Census and Statistics Act 1905 (CSA). This ensures that confidentiality is maintained whilst enabling micro level data to be released. More information on the confidentiality practices associated with TableBuilder can be found at the Survey Confidentiality Page.


The Work Related Training and Adult Learning (WRTAL) survey provides a range of information about formal and non-formal learning activities undertaken by Australians, with a particular focus on work-related training. Data is presented along side general demographic, educational and employment characteristics. The data available includes participation rates for work-related training and personal interest learning, the reasons for participation, the time spent undertaking the most recent training and personal costs incurred. Also collected is information on the barriers that prevent people from undertaking training.

Work-related training plays a crucial role in developing and sustaining skilled and competent employees. For the individual, work-related training helps enhance personal and professional development and builds new capabilities for career advancement or a change in occupation. For businesses, it improves workplace performance and productivity.

As a result of this survey being supplementary to the Labour Force Survey (LFS), persons excluded from the LFS were also excluded from this survey (see Explanatory Notes of Labour Force, Australia (cat. no. 6202.0) for standard LFS exclusions). Additional exclusions from this survey were persons aged 75 years or older, persons living in non-private dwellings and persons living in Indigenous communities.


The first WRTAL survey was conducted in April 2013 and is expected to be collected every four years, with the next iteration planned for January 2017.


The microdata generally contains finer levels of detail for data items than what is otherwise published in other formats, for example, in Work-Related Training and Adult Learning, Australia (cat. no. 4234.0). For information on the level of detail provided, please refer to the data item list in the Downloads tab.

Steps to confidentialise the data made available in TableBuilder are taken in such a way as to maximise the usefulness of the content while maintaining the confidentiality of respondents selected in the survey. As a result, it may not be possible to exactly reconcile all the statistics produced from TableBuilder with other published statistics. Further information about the steps taken to confidentialise the microdata is available through the Survey Confidentiality Page.


This is the first time the WRTAL survey has been conducted, and as such no other data is available for direct comparison.

Although data presented in WRTAL are similar to that collected in the Survey of Education and Training (cat. no. 6278.0), data between the two surveys should not be directly compared due to the different collection methodologies used. The Explanatory Notes section included in the Work-Related Training and Adult Learning, Australia (cat. no. 4234.0) publication provides more detailed information on the differences between the two surveys.


The information within this product is the key source for reference when using TableBuilder. Included is information about survey objectives, methodology and design, survey content, data quality and interpretation and information about the file structure of the microdata.

The Explanatory Notes section of Work-Related Training and Adult Learning (cat. no. 4234.0) should also be referred to as it includes further information on survey methods and design, comparability with previous surveys and summary results.


Microdata products are available to approved users. Users wishing to access TableBuilder should read the Registration basics and How to register web pages, before applying for access through the Registration page. Users should also familiarise themselves with information available via the Microdata Entry Page.

A full list of all available microdata can be viewed via the List of expected and available Microdata.

Any queries regarding access to microdata can be forwarded to microdata.access@abs.gov.au or phone (02) 6252 7714.

The ABS Privacy Policy outlines how the ABS handles any personal information that you provide to us.