More frequent and detailed data on Barriers and Incentives
On 8 September 2022, the Australian Government announced additional funding for the Australian Bureau of Statistics to more frequently measure barriers and incentives to labour force participation.
With this funding, the ABS will now release data on barriers and incentives every year (rather than every two years), with a range of key measures released on a quarterly basis.
To improve the usefulness of barriers and incentives data, the ABS has improved how key population groups are identified and presented in this release. Revised data back to 2014-15 has also be included in this release.
The ABS is also partnering across the Australian Public Service to identify data that can provide information on how different groups of people participate in the labour market. Further initiatives are described below in Making greater use of other data.
Related data can also be found in the annual Participation, Job Search and Mobility topic, which is collected in conjunction with the Labour Force Survey every February (see Potential workers and Underemployed workers).
Barriers and Incentives microdata in DataLab
Barriers and Incentives to Labour Force Participation microdata from 2014-15 to 2020-21 is now available in ABS DataLab, released as a supplementary file for the Longitudinal Labour Force (LLFS) microdata. All existing users of the LLFS microdata will automatically get access to the additional file and new users can apply for access to both files.
A detailed data item list for the Barriers and Incentives microdata is available in Microdata and TableBuilder: Barriers and Incentives to Labour Force Participation.