The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) has constructed experimental statistics on employee earnings and jobs in the Australian labour market for the 2011-12 financial year by integrating person (employee) level files received from the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) and business level files from the Expanded Analytical Business Longitudinal Database (EABLD). This release provides access to the sample microdata file created from the above Integrated Dataset.
For more information about the Integrated Dataset refer to the Information Paper: Construction of Experimental Statistics on Employee Earnings and Jobs from Administrative Data, Australia, 2011-12 (cat. no. 6311.0).
Microdata products are the most detailed information available from a census, survey, or administrative source and generally include confidentialised unit record level information (such as responses to individual questions on a questionnaire) and data derived from responses for two or more variables. They are released with the approval of the Australian Statistician.
A 'weight' is allocated to each employee record in the sample. The weight can be considered an indication of how many employees in the relevant population are represented by each person (employee) in the sample.
The ABS acknowledges the support provided by the ATO in developing the employee earnings and jobs data and the partnership of the Department of Industry, Innovation and Science in developing the EABLD. The provision of data as well as ongoing assistance provided by stakeholders is essential to enable this important work to be undertaken. The enhancing of labour statistics through data integration by the ABS would not be possible without their cooperation and support.
Any discussion in this manual of data limitations or weaknesses is in the context of using the data for statistical purposes, and is not related to the ability of the data to support the ATO's core operational requirements.
A test file is available from the Downloads tab to assist users in understanding the structure of the data and to test code. This test file does not contain real data and cannot be used for analysis. The actual microdata product is available through the ABS Data Laboratory, which enables in-depth analysis using a range of statistical software packages. Further information about the ABS Data Laboratory and other general information to assist users in understanding and accessing microdata are available from the Microdata Entry Page.