Australian Bureau of Statistics
Survey Participant Information - Survey of Job Vacancies
Can I get an extension or request assistance to complete the web form?
If you need assistance in completing the web form, or have difficulties doing so on or soon after the reference date, an extension of time may be available. Please call 1800 622 235 (free call excluding mobile phones) and advise our staff of your situation.
What is the purpose of the survey and who uses the data?
The Survey of Job Vacancies is used to estimate the number of job vacancies in Australia. Estimates produced from this survey are a main economic indicator of employment growth and are used for monitoring the Australian economy and formulating economic policy.
How did this business get chosen for the survey?
A sample of approximately 5,500 businesses is randomly selected on the Survey of Job Vacancies. Selected businesses receive the survey questionnaire and represent other similar businesses in the same employment size range, broad industry, sector and state or territory. The sample is selected from the Australian Business Register which contains the names and addresses of all businesses that have registered an ABN with the Australian Taxation Office.
What is the survey reference date?
The current survey reference date is Friday 19 February 2016.
How long will this business be on the survey?
The length of time you will be on the Survey of Job Vacancies generally depends upon the size of your business. Some larger businesses will remain on the survey on an ongoing basis because of their significance to the survey results. Smaller businesses will generally be included in the quarterly survey for approximately three years (meaning they will be required to complete approximately twelve quarterly questionnaires). However, there can be some exceptions to this rule. For example, where sampling results in a smaller business being significant to the survey results, these businesses may also be included in the survey on an ongoing basis.
What if my business does not have any employees?
Some businesses operate without any employees (for example, businesses operated entirely by owners of unincorporated entities). In this case, please notify the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) on 1800 622 235 (free call excluding mobile phones). In order for the ABS to determine the correct course of action for this business, you will be asked a few questions (for example, is there is any intention for the business to employ in the future?).
What if my business did not operate during the reference period (e.g. seasonal businesses)?
If the business you are reporting for has ceased operating or did not operate during the reference period please notify the ABS on 1800 622 235 (free call excluding mobile phones). In order for the ABS to determine the correct course of action for this business, you will be asked a few questions (for example, what is the seasonal pattern of the business or when did the business last operate?).
What questions are on the survey?
The survey asks about the number of job vacancies for your organisation on the reference date. A job vacancy is a job available for immediate filling on the survey reference date and for which recruitment action has been taken. Recruitment action includes efforts to fill vacancies by advertising, by on site or online notices, by notifying employment agencies or trade unions and by contacting, interviewing or selecting applicants already registered with the organisation.
I have already sent you the information requested
If you believe you have already provided the ABS with the information requested for the February 2016 Job Vacancies Survey, please call our staff on 1800 622 235 (free call excluding mobile phones).
How can I get access to the results of the ABS survey?
Results from the Job Vacancies Survey (catalogue number 6354.0) are available on the ABS website.
The ABS is grateful for the cooperation of businesses in submitting completed forms promptly to enable early processing and timely release of results from our surveys. We look forward to your continued support.
This page first published 21 February 2014, last updated 27 January 2016