Tourism Satellite Accounts: quarterly tourism labour statistics, Australia, experimental estimates methodology

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Reference period
March 2020

Explanatory notes


This release presents experimental quarterly statistics on tourism related employed persons and jobs. Information produced in this publication draws on data published in the latest available issue of the Australian Labour Account. Labour statistics in this release relate to the direct impact of tourism only. A direct impact occurs where there is a direct relationship (physical and economic) between the visitor and producer of a good or service.

Calculation of tourism labour statistics

Quarterly tourism labour statistics are derived for each tourism characteristic and connected industry based on a concordance with the Australian and New Zealand Standard Industrial Classification (ANZSIC) industries, which is the classification used in Labour Account, Australia (cat. no. 6150.0.55.003). Tourism labour estimates are then calculated by applying a tourism value added industry ratio to each tourism industry. These ratios are calculated during the TSA benchmark process (2006-07, 2009-10, 2012-13 and 2016-17). More information on this process can be found in the Explanatory Notes of the 2016-17 TSA benchmark publication.

Jobs and employer person counts are stock measures and represent the number of jobs or employed persons on the last day of the quarterly reference period e.g. 31 March in the March quarter.

Australian Labour Account

The Australian Labour Account provides a conceptual framework through which existing labour market data from different sources can be confronted and integrated, with the aim of producing a coherent and consistent set of aggregate labour market statistics. It incorporates labour input aggregates (persons, jobs and hours) which describe supply and demand in the labour market, as well as labour related payments (such as income and costs). The framework covers all types of employment including employees, self-employment and contributing family workers.

The concepts and definitions underlying the Australian Labour Account are built on International Labour Organisation fundamentals, and expands them to ensure consistency with the System of National Accounts (SNA08). The result provides a set of core macro-economic labour market variables derived from existing data through data integration, with both an industry focus and time series dimension.

A more detailed explanation of the Australian Labour Account can be found in the Explanatory Notes for the Labour Account.

Part-time/full-time and male/female tourism labour statistics

Part-time, full-time, male and female employment ratios are derived for each tourism characteristic and connected industry using ratios derived from Labour Force Survey (LFS) data (cat. no. 6291.0.55.003). These ratios are applied to the tourism labour account filled jobs and main jobs estimates for each tourism industry. The ratios from the May LFS are used to calculate June quarter tourism statistics, August LFS are used to produce September tourism statistics etc.

These estimates are not available for employed persons because people may have multiple jobs and the sum of employed persons in the Australian Labour Account across industry divisions does not equal the total number of people employed in the whole economy. See the 'Persons quadrant' section of the Australian Labour Account: Concepts, Sources and Methods 2019 for more information. As a result, aggregate male/female and full-time/part-time splits for employed persons cannot be published.

Underlying assumptions

A number of assumptions underlie the compilation of the quarterly tourism labour statistics. These include:

  • Persons employed and jobs in tourism related industries will generally provide services to both visitors and non-visitors.
  • Tourism industries are generally labour intensive and therefore employment and jobs generated by tourism in each industry are in direct proportion to value added generated by tourism in the benchmark year.
  • The distribution of part-time, full-time, male and female employment from the Labour Force, Australia, Detailed, Quarterly (cat. no.6291.0.55.003) for a given industry is consistent with the distribution of part-time, full-time, male and female employment and jobs within the tourism share of that particular industry.

Revisions to tourism labour estimates

Revisions are a necessary and expected part of accounts compilation as data sources are updated and improved over time. This experimental publication draws on data published in the latest available issue of the Australian Labour Account. As such, any revisions made subsequent to that release will not be reflected in this release. Source data revisions will be incorporated into future publications in line with the TSA revision policy. Further information about revisions to the Labour Account can be found in the Labour Statistics: Concepts, Sources and Methods, Oct 2019 (cat. no. 6150.0).

Comparison with previously published tourism employment statistics

Estimates in this release will differ to the levels of Tourism employed persons published in the 2018-19 release of the TSA due to the change in the underlying data source and the frequency of publication. See the Feature Article for more information.

Appendix - Tourism industry correspondence

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