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Underemployed Workers 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
The Underemployed Workers Survey, was conducted throughout Australia in September 2006 as a supplement to the ABS's monthly Labour Force Survey (LFS). People who worked less than 35 hours in the week prior to the survey (i.e. the reference week) and who would have preferred to work more hours, were asked about whether they were available to start work with more hours, whether they were looking for work with more hours, and their experience in looking for work with more hours.
The results of this survey are usually released in February of the following year.
Underemployed Workers, Australia (ABS cat. no. 6265.0)
Data are available for Australia, state and territory, and capital city/balance of state (excluding territories).
Customised tables are available on request.
State or territory of usual residence
Area of usual residence
Region of usual residence
Relationship in household
Whether household has children aged under 15
Country of birth and period of arrival
Level of highest educational attainment
The Underemployed Workers Survey was conducted in May 1985, 1988 and 1991. In 1994, the survey became an annual survey, collected each September. Results of the 1996 and later surveys are available electronically as 'Past & Future Releases' in Underemployed Workers, Australia (ABS cat. no. 6265.0).