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Workplace Relations
 


STATISTICS AND DATA SOURCES

The ABS conducts a number of household and business surveys that are relevant to those interested in workplace relations in Australia. The most commonly used estimates of workplace relations are available in the Industrial Disputes Collection, the Employee Earnings, Benefits and Trade Union Membership Survey and the Survey of Employee Earnings and Hours.

Industrial Disputes collection (quarterly)
The industrial disputes collection produces quarterly estimates of the number of disputes (where ten or more working days are lost), employees involved, and working days lost. Data can be cross-classified by state, industry, cause of dispute, working days lost per employee involved and reason work resumed.
Summary results are published in Industrial Disputes, Australia (cat. no. 6321.0.55.001).

Employee Earnings, Benefits and Trade Union Membership Survey (annual)
The Employee Earnings, Benefits and Trade Union Membership survey collects information about employees' weekly earnings, leave entitlements, employment benefits and trade union membership. This data can be cross classified by a range of personal characteristics, employment characteristics, industry and occupation of main job.
Summary results published in Employee Earnings, Benefits and Trade Union Membership, Australia (cat. no. 6310.0).
Microdata are available in a Confidentialised Unit Record File (cat. no. 6202.0.30.007).

Survey of Employee Earnings and Hours (two-yearly)
The Survey of Employee Earnings and Hours collects information on the composition and distribution of earnings and hours paid for, of employees, as well as information on how employees' pay is set - by award only, collective agreement or individual arrangement. This data can be used to provide comprehensive statistics about earnings and hours paid for, for various groups of employees by industry, occupation and pay setting methods.
Summary results are published in Employee Earnings and Hours, Australia (cat. no. 6306.0).
Microdata are available in a Confidentialised Unit Record File (cat. no. 6306.0.55.001).


ARTICLES AND ANALYSIS
Decline in Trade Union MembershipEmployee Earnings, Benefits and Trade Union Membership
Aug 2011
Trends in employe methods of setting payAustralian Labour Market Statistics
Jul 2011
Trade union membershipAustralian Labour Market Statistics
Jul 2010
Methods of setting payAustralian Labour Market Statistics
Oct 2009
Jurisdictional coverage of pay-setting arrangementsAustralian Labour Market Statistics
Jul 2009
Industrial disputesAustralian Social Trends
2008
Trade union membersAustralian Social Trends
2008
Methods of setting payAustralian Labour Market Statistics
Apr 2007
Methods of setting payAustralian Labour Market Statistics
Apr 2005
Trade union membership Australian Labour Market Statistics
Apr 2004
How pay is setAustralian Social Trends
2002
Trade union membersAustralian Social Trends
2000
Industrial disputesAustralian Social Trends
1996
Trends in trade union membershipAustralian Social Trends
1994


REFERENCE AND INFORMATION

Concepts, Sources and Methods
Labour Statistics: Concepts, Sources and Methods (cat. no. 6102.0.55.001) describes the concepts and definitions underpinning Australian labour statistics, the data sources and the methods used in the collection and compilation of these statistics. For further information on workplace relations see Chapter 13. Industrial Relations. Separate chapters are available for each separate survey.



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