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Labour Force Status and Other Characteristics of Migrants survey

CONTACT


Labour Market Section
Australian Bureau of Statistics, Canberra
Telephone (02) 6252 7206

DESCRIPTION


This survey collects information about the labour force status and other characteristics of 'migrants', including migration category, country of birth; educational attainment on arrival and whether occupation before migration was the same as current occupation. For the purposes of the survey, migrants are defined as people who were born overseas, arrived in Australia after 1984, were aged 15 years and over on arrival, and have permanent Australian resident status. Information is also provided for people who were temporary residents who planned to stay in Australia for 12 months or more.

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. The scope of the LFS was restricted to people aged 15 years and over and excluded the following people:

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

This survey was restricted to people who were born overseas, arrived in Australia after 1984, were aged 15 years and over on arrival, and had either obtained permanent Australian resident status prior to or after arrival, or were temporary residents who planned to stay in Australia for 12 months or more.

Reference Period

November 2004

Frequency of Collection

Irregular

Method of collection

The Labour Force Status and Other Characteristics of Migrants Survey was conducted throughout Australia in November 2004, as a supplement to the ABS monthly Labour Force Survey (LFS).

DISSEMINATION

Release schedule


Results of the 2004 survey were released in June 2005.

Publications

Labour Force Status and Other Characteristics of Migrants, Australia, Nov 2004 (ABS cat. no. 6250.0)


Geography

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

Data Service

The ABS has a range of data available on request from the Labour Force Status and Other Characteristics of Migrants survey. More detailed breakdowns of some data items may also be available on request.

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
Level 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

Historical Data

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.

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