6291.0.55.001 - Labour Force, Australia, Detailed - Electronic Delivery, Aug 2014 Quality Declaration 
ARCHIVED ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 18/09/2014   
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Data relating to Status in Employment for July 2014 have been revised. This does not impact the estimates of persons employed and unemployed. As part of the Labour Force change program the ABS has made changes to the standard for Status in Employment and the new questionnaire introduced in July no longer allows persons to be classified according to the old standard. Specifically it is no longer possible to classify persons who work for a commission without a retainer on a consistent basis with the old questionnaire. The changes to the questionnaire came into effect from July 2014, however the changes to the output will not be incorporated until October 2014. The main changes to the standard involve new groups for Owners/Managers of Incorporated Enterprises, and a small change to the definition of employees to include persons paid by commission without a retainer. Previously persons working for a commission without a retainer were classified as either Employers or Own Account Workers. With the change to the questionnaire, it is not possible to assign this group to the appropriate category in the current standard due to questionnaire sequencing. There were approximately 10,000 persons who worked for a commission without a retainer in July 2014 and approximately 15,000 in August 2014. These have been classified to the appropriate category in the current standard based on the distribution in the corresponding month in 2013. In October 2014, when the first lot of new content is introduced the entire series will be revised to be consistent with the revised standard back to 1991.