6160.0.00.001 - Microdata: Jobs in Australia, 2011-12 to 2016-17 Quality Declaration 
ARCHIVED ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 27/09/2019   
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File structure

Jobs in Australia TableBuilder provides data in two main categories: Persons and Jobs.

Person level data:

  • Demographic information
  • Geographic information
  • Employee characteristics
  • Income

Job level data:
  • Job characteristics
  • Employer characteristics
  • Income

Data items are grouped under broad headings and subheadings, as shown in the image below:

Image: File structure: Data items grouped by broad headings and subheadings

These groups expand further for more specific and detailed analysis. A complete data items list is available in the Downloads tab.

File content

Reference year

The Jobs in Australia TableBuilder contains a mandatory field called Reference year, which provides the reference periods by financial year for tabulation. The default table will display all reference years as columns and at least one year must be enabled to generate a table.

Image: File content: Default table with reference years as column titles

Summation options

Summation options are built in to allow you to choose the type of information displayed in the table. These options include sum, mean and median for income based variables, measures of job duration, overlap between jobs, and age, as well as the basic summation options choosing between job and person counts.

The level relevant to each data item, persons or jobs, should be kept in mind when extracting and analysing data. The actual population count for each data item is equal to the total cumulative frequency minus the Not applicable category.

The expanded Job level summation options are pictured below:

Image: File content: Summation options expanded for job level


All geographic information in the LEED is based on a person’s home address as reported on their Individual Tax Return form. Addresses are coded to the Australian Statistical Geography Standard, which details Statistical Areas, Local Government Areas, State Electoral Division and Commonwealth Electoral Divisions. Information is also available for the Socio-Economic Indexes for Areas decile of a person's Statistical Area Level 2 (SA2) region. All geography references 2018 boundaries.

If a geography variable is missing, if possible it is imputed from the individual's most recent Pay As You Go (PAYG) payment summary. When filtering data into job level data, any geography associated with a job is the residence of the employee and not the location of the business.


Industry is available at Broad and Fine levels. Broad industry division level provides 19 mutually exclusive divisions, which provide a broad overall picture of the economy. These divisions are further broken down into Fine industry subdivisions, groups and classes.

Industry information is either provided by the Australian Business Register or determined through the profiling process. An entity is classified to an industry using the Australian and New Zealand Standard Industrial Classification (cat. no. 1292.0).


Occupation of main job is classified by Occupation type and Skill level. Occupation classifications refer to the collection of jobs sufficiently similar in title and tasks, skill level and skill specialisation. A person's occupation is identified from the main job on their individual tax return, which is defined by the Australian and New Zealand Standard Classification of Occupations (cat. no. 1220.0).


The Missing category represents the number of incomplete records for which the data items are not present. The underlying data of the LEED has a high rate of missing variables due to administrative tax data constraints and the linking and imputation processes.

Not applicable

The Not applicable category generally represents the population excluded from a derived data item. For example, the maximum number of concurrent jobs is not applicable for people without a second job.