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Data sources - Survey sources

Household Surveys
Special Social Surveys
Monthly Population Survey
Multipurpose Household Survey

    Business collections
    Business collections

    Household Surveys

    Special Social Surveys

    These surveys are the largest and most complex surveys in the ABS Household Survey Program. Each of these surveys may be repeated, but over a longer timeframe (for example, three-yearly, six-yearly, or ten-yearly). In some cases, the collection period spans an entire year, to capture seasonal effects. These surveys often address quite complex statistical concepts.

    Adult Literacy and Life Skills Survey
    Disability, Ageing and Carers (Survey of)
    Education and Training (Survey of)
    Employment Arrangements, Retirement and Superannuation (Survey of)
    General Social Survey
    Household Expenditure Survey
    Income and Housing (Survey of)
    National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Survey
    National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Survey
    National Health Survey
    National Survey of Mental Health and Wellbeing
    Personal Safety Survey
    Time Use Survey

    Monthly Population Survey

    This survey consists of the Labour Force Survey, and in most months, one or more Supplementary Topics. The Labour Force Survey collects a range of demographic (age, sex, marital status, relationships in household, country of birth, etc.) and labour force (employment status, hours worked, duration of unemployment, etc.) information. Questions for the Supplementary Topics are usually simple in design and content, collecting only factual information that can be reasonably expected to be known by any adult member of the household.

    Labour Force Survey
    Childhood Education and Care Survey
    Children's Participation in Culture and Leisure Activities (Survey of)
    Crime and Safety Survey
    Education and Work (Survey of)
    Employee Earnings, Benefits and Trade Union Membership Survey
    Forms of Employment Survey
    Job Search Experience Survey
    Labour Mobility Survey
    Locations of Work Survey
    Persons Not in the Labour Force Survey
    Pregnancy and Employment Transitions Survey
    Underemployed Workers Survey
    Working Time Arrangements Survey

    Multipurpose Household Survey

    The Multipurpose Household Survey is a telephone survey conducted with respondents who are in their final month of participation in the Monthly Population Survey. Selected survey participants are asked a range of additional questions on particular topics, which are then published as survey results in their own right. Topics are generally enumerated over a full financial year, with topics surveyed on an annual, two-yearly or less frequent basis.

    Adult Learning
    Attendance at Selected Cultural Venues and Events
    Barriers and Incentives to Labour Force Participation
    Crime Victimisation
    Environmental Views and Behaviour Survey
    Family Characteristics
    Household Use of Information Technology
    Participation in Sports and Physical Recreation
    Patient Experience Survey
    Personal Fraud Survey
    Retirement and Retirement Intentions
    Work-Related Injuries

    Business collections

    The majority of ABS business collections are sample surveys. In most cases, details of businesses are obtained from the Australian Business Register. This register contains the names and addresses of all businesses that have a registered Australian Business Number with the Australian Taxation Office. In addition, the ABS maintains a list of larger businesses, usually with complex structures, which it regularly profiles to ensure details are up-to-date. For some surveys, business details may be obtained from other administrative data sources.

    Average Weekly Earnings (Survey of)
    Employee Earnings and Hours (Survey of)

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