FILE STRUCTURE AND CONTENT
The underlying format of the 2015 Survey of Education and Work (SEW) TableBuilder file is structured as a single person level. This person level contains general demographic information about each survey respondent such as their age, sex, country of birth and labour force status as well details about their qualifications and other recent educational activity.
When tabulating data from TableBuilder, person weights are automatically applied to the underlying sample counts to provide the survey's population estimates.
The data items included in the 2015 SEW TableBuilder are grouped under broad headings and subheadings as shown in the image below. A complete data item list can be accessed from the Downloads page.
Not Applicable Categories
Most data items included in the TableBuilder file include a 'Not applicable' category. The classification values of these 'Not applicable' categories, where relevant, are shown in the data item list in the Downloads tab. The 'Not applicable' category generally represents the number of people who were not asked a particular question or the number of people excluded from the population for a data item when that data was derived (e.g. Year of Arrival in Australia is not applicable for people born in Australia).
The population relevant to each data item is identified in the data item list and 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.
Generally, all populations, including very specific populations, can be 'filtered' using other relevant data items. For example, if the population of interest is 'Employed persons', any data item with that population (excluding the 'Not applicable' category) could be used. While any applicable data item can be used for this filtering process, the SEW TableBuilder also includes some data items that have been specifically derived for this purpose. For example, the population data item 'P07. Persons aged 15–24 years' can be used to filter this population rather than the actual age group data item. The specifically derived population data items are listed in the data item list in the 'Population data items' worksheet and are included in the Population data items in the TableBuilder product.
The purpose of the population data item "P16. Non-Indigenous flag" is to assist users in producing non-Indigenous data only. It should not be used to estimate for the Indigenous population through differencing as the scope of the Survey of Education and Work excludes those living in Indigenous communities.