In addition to the announcement in September 2022 of funding for more frequent and detailed data on barriers and incentives, the Government announced additional related funding for enhanced ABS labour market data in "Working Future" on 25 September 2023.
Additionally, Government investment is supporting the ABS to deliver the Life Course Data Initiative. This will involve developing the Life Course Data Asset to improve our understanding of how communities experience disadvantage by improving the evaluation of existing policy to inform long-term decision making.
The ABS is also partnering with other parts of the Australian Public Service to identify other data – particularly rich administrative datasets – that can provide information on how different groups of people participate in the labour market. These valuable insights into labour force participation, and the extent to which they are changing over time, complement the data that is available from Barriers and Incentives to Labour Force Participation.
Administrative data provides a greater ability to produce robust estimates of changes over time for relatively small groups of people, particularly when integrated with a large demographic dataset like the Census. For a list of recent and current analysis of large administrative datasets, see Person Level Integrated Data Asset (PLIDA) Research Projects.
Examples of other related data activities across the Australian Public Service include:
- Jobs in Australia (JIA), produced by the ABS from the Linked Employer-Employee Dataset (LEED), now contains information on employed migrants, allowing further analysis of migrant outcomes. This product complements the linked Census and Home Affairs data in the Permanent Migrants in Australia and Temporary Visa Holders in Australia datasets, both of which are were released in early 2023.