Labour Mobility Survey
Labour Market Section
Australian Bureau of Statistics, Canberra
Telephone (02) 6252 7206
This survey is conducted as a supplementary survey to the monthly Labour Force Survey (LFS). The Labour Mobility Survey collects information about people aged 15 years and over, who had worked at some time during the year ending February. More specifically, data is collected on changes in jobs between employers/businesses for up to three jobs, and for those people, who have been with their employer/business for the last 12 months, the changes in their job including promotion, transfer, changes in occupation and usual hours worked. Estimates can be cross-classified by demographics such as state, sex, age, marital status and country of birth, as well as labour force characteristics.
The 2006 Labour Mobility Survey provides information about people who, within the 12 months to February 2006, either: had a change of employer or business in their main job; or had some change in work with their current employer or business, for whom they had worked for one year or more.
This supplementary survey was conducted in both urban and rural areas in all states and territories, but excluding people living in very remote parts of Australia. The scope of the Labour Mobility survey was expanded in February 2006 to include all people aged 15 years and over. This change has resulted in an extra 73,300 people coming within the scope of this survey. Data items and populations that referred to locality, which were included in the February 2004 and previous surveys, were not collected in the February 2006 survey.
Frequency of Collection
Method of collection
The Labour Mobility survey is conducted throughout Australia as a supplement to the ABS monthly Labour Force Survey (LFS). Respondents to the LFS who fell within the scope of the supplementary survey were asked further questions.
The results of the 2006 Labour Mobility Survey were released in December 2006 (reissue).
Labour Mobility, February 2006 (Reissue) (ABS cat. no. 6209.0)
Labour Force Survey and Labour Mobility, Australia: Basic Confidentialised Unit Record File, Technical Manual, Feb 2006 (ABS cat. no. 6202.0.30.005)
Data are available for Australia, state and territory, and capital city/balance of state (excluding territories).
Customised tables are available on request, including a set of state/territory tables.
Labour Force Survey and Labour Mobility, Australia: Basic Confidentialised Unit Record File, Feb 2006 (ABS cat. no. 6202.0.30.004) contains data from both the LFS and the related Labour Mobility supplementary survey.
State or territory of usual residence
Area of usual residence
Relationship in household
Country of birth
Year of arrival in Australia
Highest year of school completed
Level of highest non-school qualification
Level of highest educational attainment
Results of similar surveys, conducted in November 1972, February 1975 and 1976, annually from February 1979 to February 1992, then biennially from February 1994 to February 2004, were published in Labour Mobility, Australia (ABS cat. no. 6209.0), and the biennial surveys (1994—2004) are available electronically from this linked page.