LABOUR FORCE SURVEY
The LFS is designed primarily to provide estimates of key labour force statistics. The LFS also provides other non-key monthly estimates, as well as quarterly estimates, for example employment by industry and occupation.
A number of surveys are conducted each year as supplements to the LFS. These annual, biennial or irregular collections provide statistics on particular aspects of the labour force and on other topics such as environmental issues, education and child care.
In addition, the Multipurpose Household Survey (MPHS) is also conducted as a supplement to the LFS. This survey provides statistics for a small number of labour, social and economic topics. The survey is conducted on a proportion of the outgoing rotation group of the LFS sample, and aggregates data collected over a 12 month financial year.
As at May 2013, the Table below provides a list of recent labour force related supplementary surveys.
|Monthly Population Supplementary Surveys |
|Characteristics of Recent Migrants, Australia(a) |
|Child Employment, Australia |
|Childhood Education and Care, Australia |
|Education and Work, Australia |
|Employee Earnings, Benefits, and Trade Union Membership, Australia |
|Forms of Employment, Australia |
|Job Search Experience, Australia |
|Labour Force Experience, Australia |
|Labour Mobility, Australia |
|Locations of Work, Australia |
|Multiple Jobholding, Australia(b) |
|Persons Not in the Labour Force, Australia |
|Pregnancy and Employment Transitions, Australia |
|Underemployed Workers, Australia |
|Working Time Arrangements, Australia(c) |
|Multi-Purpose Household Surveys |
|Barriers and Incentives to Labour Force Participation, Australia |
|Retirement and Retirement Intentions, Australia |
|Work-Related Injuries, Australia |
|(a) This product replaces the publication Labour Force Status and Other Characteristics of Migrants, Australia (cat. no. 6250.0). |
|(b) Data available on request for July 2001 or see Employment Arrangements, Retirement and Superannuation, Australia, Apr to Jul 2007 (Re-issue) (cat. no. 6361.0). |
|(c) In 2006 this product replaced the publication Working Arrangements, Australia (cat. no. 6342.0). |
The Supplementary Surveys and the MPHS will move to the 2011 sample design at the same time as the LFS. The impact on the level RSEs in these surveys is expected to be similar to the impacts predicted for the LFS. Due to their frequency and design the sample selected in each Supplementary Survey and the MPHS does not overlap with the sample selected for the previous version of the survey. As a result the introduction of a new LFS sample design will have little impact on movements over time between estimates based on the 2006 and 2011 sample designs.
The ABS is planning a number of improvements to the content of the Labour Force Survey and labour supplementary surveys from July 2014. For more information on the Labour Household Survey Program from July 2014, see Information Paper: Outcomes of the Labour Household Surveys Content Review
(cat. no. 6107.0).