6250.0.25.002 - Microdata: Characteristics of Recent Migrants, Australia, November 2016 Quality Declaration 
ARCHIVED ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 14/06/2017   
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The 2016 Characteristics of Recent Migrants TableBuilder file is structured as a single person level file. 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 as details of their migration, visa, education, employment and income for recent migrants and temporary residents.

When tabulating data, person weights are automatically applied to the underlying sample counts to provide the survey estimates.

The data items included in the 2016 Characteristics of Recent Migrants TableBuilder are grouped under the following broad headings and subheadings. A complete data item list can be accessed from the Downloads page.

Image showing the pick list of data item headers available in TableBuilder


Multi-response Fields

A number of questions included in the Characteristics of Recent Migrants Survey (CoRMS) allowed respondents to provide one or more responses. These data items can be identified in the data item list from the Downloads tab by the following label <multiple response>. The sum of individual multi-response categories will be greater than the population or number of people applicable to the particular data item as respondents are able to select more than one response.

For CORMS the following data items are multiple response:
  • All difficulties when finding first job held in Australia
  • All difficulties finding current job
  • All sources of help when looking for first job held in Australia
  • All sources of household income.

Not Applicable Categories

Most data items included in the TableBuilder file include a 'Not applicable' category. The classification values of the '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).

Table Populations

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 data item "Migrant population flag" can be used as a filter to limit tables to the Recent migrant or temporary resident population. The "Migration summary" data item can be used in a similar way to further limit tables to more specific populations.