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Job Vacancy Survey
The reference date for the survey is the third Friday of February, May, August and November.
Frequency of Collection
Method of collection
The sample for the Job Vacancies Survey, like most Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) business surveys, is selected from the ABS Business Register which is primarily based on registrations to the Australian Taxation Office's (ATO) Pay As You Go Withholding (PAYGW) scheme (and, prior to 1 June 2000, the Group Employer scheme). The population is updated quarterly to take account of:
The publication is released six to eight weeks after the survey reference date.
Job Vacancies, Australia (ABS cat. no. 6354.0)
Data are available for Australia, and each state and territory.
Customised tables are available on request, including a set of state/territory tables.
Descriptions of the underlying concepts of Australia's job vacancies statistics, and the sources and methods used in compiling these estimates, are presented in Labour Statistics: Concepts, Sources and Methods (ABS cat. no. 6102.0.55.001).
Sector (private and public)
Number of job vacancies
Comparable estimates of job vacancies are available from 1983 when the Job Vacancies and Overtime series was introduced. It replaced the previous Job Vacancy and Overtime series based on information from a sample of employers registered to pay payroll tax and from government organisations. The overtime component of the Job Vacancies and Overtime was dropped from August 1999. The overtime data are now collected as part of the Employee Earnings and Hours Survey and published in Employee Earnings and Hours, Australia (ABS cat. no. 6306.0). From November 2003, the Job Vacancies Survey no longer collects information on the number of employees. A job vacancy rate series, based on estimates of the number of employees from the Labour Force Survey, is available on request.