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Job Search Experience Survey
The survey was conducted in both urban and rural areas in all states and territories, but excluded people living in very remote parts of Australia. Students at boarding schools, patients in hospitals, residents of homes (e.g. retirement homes, for people with disabilities), and inmates of prisons are also excluded.
Frequency of Collection
Method of Collection
This survey is conducted throughout Australia as a supplementary survey to the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) monthly Labour Force Survey (LFS). Information is collected from a responsible adult on behalf of household members. Interviews are conducted over the phone by trained interviewers. Since August 1994 the sample for supplementary surveys has been restricted to no more than seven-eighths of the LFS sample.
Data were released in December 2006.
Job Search Experience, Australia (ABS cat. no. 6222.0)
Data are available for Australia, states and territories.
Customised tables are available from the ABS upon request, as a charged service.
State or territory of usual residence
Section of state
Relationship in household
Country of birth
Year of arrival in Australia
Jobs in previous 12 months
Steps taken to find work
Duration of current period of unemployment
Registered job seekers
Difficulty in finding work
level of highest educational attainment
Level of highest non-school qualification
Highest year of school completed
Whether qualification obtained overseas/Australia
Job Search Experience was first conducted in 2002. Results of similar surveys on the job search experience of unemployed persons conducted since 1984 until 1991, and annually from 1992 to 2001 are published in various issues of Job Search Experience of Unemployed Persons, Australia (ABS cat. no. 6222.0) and Successful and Unsuccessful Job Search Experience, Australia (ABS cat. no. 6245.0).