Employment Type (EMTP)

This variable classifies all employed people to either employees, owner-managers of incorporated enterprises, owner-managers of unincorporated enterprises, or contributing family workers, on the basis of their main job.

The questions relating to Employment Type (EMTP) were first asked in the 2006 Census. Further information on Census Topics 1911–2011 can be found in How Australia Takes a Census (cat. no. 2903.0).

The non-response rate for EMTP was 0.9% (1.0% in 2006). Unlike some other Census variables, the non-response rate is not affected by persons imputed into dwellings that did not return a Census Form, as EMTP is only applicable for persons with a labour force status of employed. More information is available from the 2011 Census non-response quality statement.

EMTP data is derived from responses to a number of questions on the form. Data is captured automatically from three mark box responses (questions 34, 35, and 36 on the Census Household Form), so the risk of processing error is minimal. Sample checks of the data are undertaken to ensure an acceptable level of quality.

EMTP can be used in conjunction with Number of Employees (EMPP) to obtain an estimate of 'own account workers' (owner-managers of unincorporated enterprises that have no employees). This was a category in the 2001 version of Labour Force Status (LFSP).

More information on EMTP is available in the 2011 Census Dictionary (cat. no. 2901.0)

Questions 34, 35 and 36 as they appeared on the 2011 Census Household Form


Text only version of these questions are also available
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