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LABOUR FORCE STATUS AND OTHER CHARACTERISTICS OF FAMILIES
The scope is restricted to persons aged 15 years and over who were residents of private dwellings, and whose family status could be derived. While labour force status is only determined for persons aged 15 years and over, children under 15 years are included for the purpose of determining their relationship to any adult family members in the household.
An improved method for calculating families estimates was introduced in September 2008, to include information on the following groups:
In June 2009, data were revised to reflect population benchmarks based on 2006 Census of Population and Housing data, adjusted for under-enumeration and updated for births, deaths, interstate migration and net overseas migration.
The data contained in some tables contains cells with estimates with an RSE of greater than 50 percent, considered to be unreliable for general use, and estimates with an RSE of between 25 percent and 50 percent which should be used with caution. The data used to compile families statistics contain complex family relationships, which can add to the complexity of the aggregated estimates. The data in these tables are as reported by any responsible adult aged 15 years and over, who were usual residents of private dwellings and were selected in the LFS.
RELATED ABS DATA
Additional family data not provided in the standard publication, or from other ABS collections, are available on request. Family data are available from a range of social surveys, including the General Social Survey, the National Health Survey, and the Survey of Income and Housing.
The Census collects information on labour force status and other characteristics for families. See the ABS publications Census of Population and Housing: Nature and Content, Australia, 2016 (cat. no. 2008.0) and Census of Population and Housing: Census Dictionary, 2016 (cat. no. 2901.0) for more information.
The ABS releases long-term household and family projections, looking 25 years into the future, in Household and Family Projections, Australia (cat. no. 3236.0). While highest level data from this source are consistent with those from Labour Force Status and Other Characteristics of Families, other estimates may differ due to the difference between projections and weighted estimates based on a sample survey.
DATA COMPARABILITY OVER TIME
Care should be taken when comparing the estimates of previous years with the current year, as data may not have been recompiled using latest population estimates, at a given point in time.
RSEs for Families estimates have been calculated using the Jack knife method of variance estimation. This process involves the calculation of 30 'replicate' estimates, based on 30 different sub-samples of the original sample. The variability of estimates obtained from these sub-samples is used to estimate the sample variability surrounding the main estimate.
In order to provide a high degree of consistency and comparability over time, changes to survey methods, survey concepts, data item definitions, frequency of collection, and analysis methods are made as infrequently as possible. Changes affecting the LFS may also affect Families estimates. Such changes are outlined in Chapter 19.
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