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Understanding Labour Statistics


Introduction to Labour Statistics is a one-day training course that is designed for anyone who uses or needs to understand ABS Labour Statistics. The course provides an overview of the range of concepts and issues associated with ABS labour statistics. It explores the data produced by both household and employer based collections, and highlights the range of data available.

For more details about the training course, or to register interest in attending, please refer to the ABS Training page or contact Pourus Bharucha on (02) 6252 6218 or email <>


Understanding Labour Force is published each month in Labour Force, Australia (cat. no. 6202.0) and concisely explains some of the key measures and concepts from the Labour force Survey.


The Labour Statistics: Concepts, Sources and Methods is a comprehensive discussion and description of the concepts and definitions underpinning Australian labour statistics and the data sources and methods used in the collection and compilation of these statistics. It explains what the statistics measure, how the various measures relate to each other and how they are produced. It also discusses the factors influencing their accuracy and reliability.


The Statistical Language pages are an educational resource designed to help people understand statistical concepts and build the statistical literacy skills needed to understand key statistical terminology, interpret summarised information and make critical and informed use of data, whatever its source.


"ABS Presents..." is a series of videos with a general interest and statistical literacy focus.

More Than Just Unemployed
An important role for the ABS is measuring employment and unemployment in Australia. There is some confusion around how we do this and how we define people as employed or unemployed. This edition of "ABS Presents..." looks at employment, unemployment and underemployment.

Are Young People Earning or Learning?
The majority of young Australians either work or study full-time or do a combination of both on a part-time basis. But, some aren't doing either, so are not fully engaged. These young people are at risk of being either unemployed for long periods, or of only being able to find low paid, insecure work. This edition of "ABS Presents..." examines whether young people are earning or learning, and what happens to those who aren't doing either.


The Methods, Standards and Classifications page contains methodological research papers and information on time series and data quality, as well as the standards and classifications used to collect, process and present ABS data.

The Australian Statistical Geography Standard is the Australian Bureau of Statistics' new geographical framework and it is effective from July 2011. It replaces the Australian Standard Geographical Classification (ASGC).

The Standard Australian Classification of Countries (cat. no. 1269.0) is intended for use whenever population or economic statistics are classified by country.

The Australian and New Zealand Standard Classification of Occupations (ANZSCO) (cat. no. 1220.0) is a skills-based classification which encompasses all occupations in the Australian work force.

The Australian and New Zealand Standard Industrial Classification (ANZSIC) (cat. no. 1292.0) has been developed for use in the compilation and analysis of industry statistics in Australia and New Zealand.


The Labour Related Statistics Filter page provides a more extensive summary of selected labour related ABS datasets and outputs that are likely to be of general interest to researchers. In most instances, more detailed unpublished data may also be available on request. For more information regarding labour datasets, see the Directory of Statistical Sources or see Contacts.


Survey Participant Information
Includes information for both Household Survey and Business Survey participants.

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