Responding to the Survey of Job Vacancies

The Survey of Job Vacancies (JVS) is conducted every quarter with businesses and organisations throughout Australia. Your participation in this survey provides figures essential for calculating Australia’s job vacancy statistics. These statistics are used in the measurement of Australia’s job vacancies and provide government and industry analysts with key economic indicators to inform decision making.

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If you need help completing this survey, please call one of our team on 1800 622 235 during business hours. For help outside these hours, please leave a message with your contact details and we will return your call as soon as possible.

Thank you

We acknowledge and value your time and effort participating in this survey. It is only with the support of people like you that we can continue to produce the statistics that inform Australia's important decisions.

Frequently Asked Questions

About this survey


How to complete this survey


Using JVS statistics



About this survey

How is the information from JVS used? Why is it important?

JVS is conducted every quarter with businesses and organisations throughout Australia. Your participation in this survey provides figures essential for calculating Australia’s job vacancy statistics. These statistics are used in the measurement of Australia’s job vacancies and provide government and industry analysts with key economic indicators to inform decision making.

What kinds of questions are asked in JVS?

The questions in JVS ask about the number of job vacancies for your business or organisation on the reference date.

Do we have to answer the questions?

Yes. The questions included in this survey are being asked under the authority of the Census and Statistics Act 1905, which has provisions to make surveys compulsory. Under the Act, you are obliged to provide the information being requested. All the information you provide will remain strictly confidential.

What is a job vacancy?

A job vacancy is a job available for immediate filling on the reference date and for which recruitment action has been taken.

Note: Recruitment action includes efforts to fill vacancies by advertising, by on site or online notices, by notifying employment agencies or trade unions and by contacting, interviewing or selecting applicants already registered with your organisation.

Including
    • Vacancies for all categories of jobs (e.g. executive, managerial, full-time, part-time, permanent, temporary, casual, seasonal, traineeships, apprenticeships, cadetships)

Excluding
    • Vacancies for positions not paid through your payroll
    • Vacancies for jobs which became vacant on the survey date and were filled that same day
    • Vacancies for jobs of less than one day’s duration
    • Vacancies only available to be filled by internal applicants (for public sector organisations, also exclude vacancies only available to employees within the relevant Public Service)
    • Vacancies to be filled by employees returning from paid or unpaid leave or after industrial disputes
    • Vacancies not available for immediate filling on the survey date (e.g. recruitment for vacancies expected in the future such as graduate intakes and recruitment pools)
    • Vacancies for work to be carried out by contractors
    • Vacancies for which no recruitment action has been taken
    • Vacancies where a person has been appointed, but has not yet commenced duty (e.g. where provisional promotion or acceptance of appointment has occurred)
    • Vacancies where the position is not available to be filled until a later date
    • Vacancies to be filled by staff from contract labour agencies.

What is the survey reference date?

The current survey reference date is 15 November 2019.

Why has this business or organisation been included in JVS?

JVS is answered by a selected group of businesses or organisations that represent the wider Australian community. Businesses or organisations of various sizes and industries are included as each are differently affected by government policies. Figures from all sizes of businesses or organisations are particularly important for calculating state and territory statistics.

We are a small business or organisation. Should we be included in this survey?

The ABS considers the activities of small businesses or organisations to be as important as larger ones. Smaller businesses or organisations have specific characteristics and can be differently impacted by government policies and incentives. Small businesses or organisations cannot be excluded from participation in ABS surveys. Answering the JVS questions helps enable government and others to best design policies that support the range of businesses across the states and territories of Australia.

How long will we need to participate in this survey?

The length of time that a business or organisation is selected in any particular survey will depend on factors such as the size of the business or organisation, the number of businesses or organisations with similar characteristics, and how significant the activities of the business or organisations are to the overall results.

Larger businesses or organisations have a high chance of selection in multiple ABS business surveys. Due to their significant contribution to the overall survey results, they will usually remain in a survey on an ongoing basis.

Smaller businesses or organisations have a lower chance of selection and will usually be included in JVS for three years at a time. However, there are exceptions to this rule and some small businesses or organisations could be required to remain in longer than three years, particularly if the business or organisation has a significant impact on measurement of economic activity, for example, due to its type or location.

Due to the large number of smaller businesses or organisations in Australia, they are generally not included in more than one survey at a time. However, there will always be some cases where inclusion in more than one survey cannot be avoided.

Where possible, we use data from existing administrative data sources to replace, or reduce direct data collection from smaller businesses.

Do we have to provide figures for this survey right now?

Yes. The industry, business and government users of JVS statistics need the most accurate and timely information possible so they can make well-informed decisions which impact Australian businesses and communities.

Can we be sure these figures are kept confidential?

Yes. We take the security of the information you provide to us very seriously. Your information remains strictly confidential to the ABS and is not shared with other agencies. We use the information you provide to calculate statistics which are released in ways that do not allow for the identification of businesses or organisations.

All ABS employees have signed a legally enforceable Undertaking of Fidelity and Security in which they agree to keep any information, including personal information which they may deal with in the course of their work, private and confidential. This agreement applies to ABS employees for the rest of their lives, even if they leave the ABS. The penalty for breaching this is two years jail, a $21,600 fine, or both.

We comply with the Australian Privacy Principles. If you believe we have breached these principles, please see the information on how to lodge a complaint about privacy matters, contained within our privacy policy.

Will we be paid for our time?

No. There is no provision within the Census and Statistics Act 1905 to reimburse businesses or organisations for the cost of providing statistical information. In line with other national statistical organisations throughout the world, individuals, businesses and other organisations are asked to supply information for statistical purposes without compensation. It is only with the support of people like you that we can continue to produce the statistics that inform Australia's important decisions.

What if this business or organisation does not have any employees?

In this case, please call one of our team on 1800 622 235 and we will assist you. To help us determine the correct course of action for your business or organisation, we will ask you a few questions, such as, is there is any intention for your business or organisation to employ anyone in the future?

What if this business or organisation did not operate during the reference period?

In this case, please call one of our team on 1800 622 235 and we will assist you.

We have already completed JVS this quarter and have received a reminder letter. What should we do?

If you have received a reminder letter about completing JVS, it is likely that you have returned the survey at the same time that we issued the reminder letter. If you wish to confirm this, please call one of our team on 1800 622 235 and we will check the information against our records.

How to complete this survey

How do we answer JVS?

Each quarter, you will receive a letter with a code to access the latest quarter’s survey form. Go online to the ABS Survey Account, set up an account or (if you already have one) log in and add a Form Access Code to gain access to the form. You will only need to add a Form Access Code once. For future cycles, the JVS form will automatically be added to your account.

The account is a secure service that allows a form to be accessed as many times as is needed before final submission. The same account can be used to access and answer future surveys.

If you are unable to complete your survey online, please call us on 1800 622 235 and one of our team will assist you.

How long will it take to complete JVS?

This is a very short survey that takes less than 10 minutes to complete online.

We're having trouble completing the survey online - where can we find help?

For more information on completing our surveys online, help is available on our Survey Account Help page. This page provides assistance with technical difficulties and includes frequently asked questions which assist in creating and using the ABS Survey Account.

If you are having trouble creating or accessing your account, completing the survey online, or have lost your Form Access Code, please call us on 1800 622 235 and one of our team will be happy to assist you.

If you would like more general information about participating in one of our surveys, please see our Survey Participant Information page.

Using JVS statistics

How can this business or organisation use JVS statistics?

We provide statistics free of charge on our website. Statistics produced from JVS are published in Job Vacancies, Australia.

How can we provide feedback about our involvement in JVS?

If you have participated in this survey, or any of our other surveys, we want to hear about your experience. We value your feedback and will use it to improve how we work with our survey participants.

You can use our feedback form to provide us with feedback. For this survey, please select the option "Participation in an ABS Business Survey".

Who can we contact for more information?

For help, or more information about this survey, please call us on 1800 622 235 during business hours. For help outside these hours, please leave a message with your contact details and we will return your call as soon as possible.