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LABOUR FORCE STATUS AND OTHER CHARACTERISTICS OF RECENT MIGRANTS SURVEY

CONTACT


National Migrant Statistics Unit
Australian Bureau of Statistics, Adelaide
Email:
migrant.statistics.unit@abs.gov.au

DESCRIPTION


This survey collects information about the labour force status and other characteristics of 'recent migrants', including migration category, country of birth, educational attainment on arrival and whether occupation before migration was the same as current occupation. Information is also provided for people who were temporary residents who planned to stay in Australia for 12 months or more. For the purposes of the survey, recent migrants were defined as people who: were born overseas, excluding those born in New Zealand or with New Zealand citizenship; arrived in Australia after 1997, aged 15 years or over and were not an Australian citizen on arrival; and now have permanent Australian resident status.

Scope

This survey was conducted in both urban and rural areas in all states and territories, but excluded people living in very remote parts of Australia. Also excluded were students at boarding schools, patients in hospitals, residents of homes (e.g. retirement homes, homes for people with disabilities) and inmates of prisons. This survey was restricted to 'recent migrants' as defined above, and people who were temporary residents who planned to stay in Australia for 12 months or more. The scope of the Labour Force Survey (LFS) is restricted to people aged 15 years and over, and excludes the following people:

  • members of the Australian permanent defence forces;
  • certain diplomatic personnel of overseas governments, customarily excluded from the census and estimated populations;
  • overseas residents in Australia; and
  • members of non-Australian defence forces (and their dependants), stationed in Australia.

Reference Period

November 2007

Frequency of Collection

Every three years

Method of collection

The Labour Force Status and Other Characteristics of Recent Migrants Survey was conducted throughout Australia in November 2007, as a LFS supplementary survey.

DISSEMINATION

Release schedule


Results of the November 2007 survey were released in May 2008.

Publications

Labour Force Status and Other Characteristics of Recent Migrants, Australia, Nov 2007 (ABS cat. no. 6250.0)
Technical Manual: Labour Force Status and Other Characteristics of Recent Migrants - Expanded Confidentialised Unit Record File, Nov 2007 (ABS cat. no. 6250.0.55.001)

Geography

Data are available for Australia, state and territory, and capital city/balance of state (excluding territories).


Data Service

Labour Force Status and Other Characteristics of Recent Migrants - Expanded Confidentialised Unit Record File, Nov 2007 (ABS cat. no. 6250.0.55.001)

Data cubes (Excel files) of the publication tables are available on the ABS website. The ABS has a range of data available on request from this survey, including a microdata file. Customised data are available on request; this is a charged service.

DATA ITEMS


Demographic

State or territory of usual residence
Area of usual residence

Region of usual residence
Sex
Marital status
Relationship in household

Country of birth
Year of arrival in Australia
Region of country of last residence

Country of last residence
Age group (years)

Migration
Visa type
Citizenship
Residency status
Age on arrival
Employment prior to arrival

Education
Highest year of school completed
Level of highest non-school qualification obtained before arrival
Main field of highest non-school qualification obtained before arrival
Level of highest non-school qualification obtained since arrival
Main field of highest non-school qualification obtained since arrival
Level of highest educational attainment
Country in which qualification was obtained before arrival
Whether qualifications obtained before arrival recognised in Australia
Whether qualifications obtained before arrival are used in current employment

Labour variables
Normal labour force variables, plus the two following 'quarter month' variables
Industry of employment
Occupation in job

Historical Data

The survey was conducted in March 1984, March 1987 and September 1993; then in November of 1996, 1999, 2004, and 2007.


Labour Force Status and Other Characteristics of Migrants Surveys conducted up to and including November 1996 were restricted to migrants who arrived in Australia after 1970, were aged 18 years or more on arrival, and had obtained permanent Australian resident status. For November 1999, the survey was restricted to migrants who arrived in Australia after 1980, were aged 18 years or more on arrival, and had obtained permanent Australian resident status. For November 2004, the survey included migrants who arrived in Australia after 1984 and people who were temporary residents of Australia for 12 months or more. Differences in scope, coverage and methodology may impact on the degree to which data from the various iterations of this survey can be compared.

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