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Person—labour force status, code N

Identifying and definitional attributes

Metadata item type:Help on this termData Element
Short name:Help on this termLabour force status
METeOR identifier:Help on this term270112
Registration status:Help on this termHousing assistance, Standard 01/03/2005
Health, Superseded 17/10/2018
Homelessness, Superseded 10/08/2018
WA Health, Draft 23/08/2012
Disability, Superseded 29/02/2016
Community Services (retired), Standard 01/03/2005
Definition:Help on this termThe self reported status the person currently has in being either in the labour force (employed/unemployed) or not in the labour force, as represented by a code.
Data Element Concept:Person—labour force status

Value domain attributes

Representational attributes

Representation class:Help on this termCode
Data type:Help on this termNumber
Format:Help on this termN
Maximum character length:Help on this term1
Permissible values:Help on this term
ValueMeaning
1Employed
2Unemployed
3Not in the labour force
Supplementary values:Help on this term
9Not stated/inadequately described

Collection and usage attributes

Guide for use:Help on this term

CODE 1     Employed:

Persons aged 15 years and over who, during the reference week:

(a) worked for one hour or more for pay, profit, commission or payment in kind in a job or business, or on a farm (comprising 'Employees', 'Employers' and 'Own Account Workers'); or

(b) worked for one hour or more without pay in a family business or on a farm (i.e. 'Contributing Family Worker'); or

(c) were 'Employees' who had a job but were not at work and were:

  • on paid leave
  • on leave without pay, for less than four weeks, up to the end of the reference week
  • stood down without pay because of bad weather or plant breakdown at their place of employment, for less than four weeks up to the end of the reference week
  • on strike or locked out
  • on workers' compensation and expected to be returning to their job, or
  • receiving wages or salary while undertaking full-time study; or

(d) were 'Employers', 'Own Account Workers' or 'Contributing Family Workers' who had a job, business or farm, but were not at work.

CODE 2     Unemployed:

Unemployed persons are those aged 15 years and over who were not employed during the reference week, and:

(a) had actively looked for full-time or part-time work at any time in the four weeks up to the end of the reference week. Were available for work in the reference week, or would have been available except for temporary illness (i.e. lasting for less than four weeks to the end of the reference week). Or were waiting to start a new job within four weeks from the end of the reference week and would have started in the reference week if the job had been available then; or

(b) were waiting to be called back to a full-time or part-time job from which they had been stood down without pay for less than four weeks up to the end of the reference week (including the whole of the reference week) for reasons other than bad weather or plant breakdown. Note: Actively looking for work includes writing, telephoning or applying in person to an employer for work. It also includes answering a newspaper advertisement for a job, checking factory or job placement agency notice boards, being registered with a job placement agency, checking or registering with any other employment agency, advertising or tendering for work or contacting friends or relatives.

CODE 3     Not in the Labour Force:

Persons not in the labour force are those persons aged 15 years and over who, during the reference week, were not in the categories employed or unemployed, as defined. They include persons who were keeping house (unpaid), retired, voluntarily inactive, permanently unable to work, persons in institutions (hospitals, gaols, sanatoriums, etc.), trainee teachers, members of contemplative religious orders, and persons whose only activity during the reference week was jury service or unpaid voluntary work for a charitable organisation.

Collection methods:Help on this term

For information about collection, refer to the ABS website:

http://www.abs.gov.au/Ausstats/abs@.nsf/0/AEB5AA310D
68DF8FCA25697E0018FED8?Open

Source and reference attributes

Origin:Help on this term

Australian Bureau of Statistics 1995. Directory of Concepts and Standards for Social, Labour and Demographic Variables. Australia 1995. Cat. no. 1361.0.30.001. Canberra: AGPS.

http://www.abs.gov.au/Ausstats/abs@.nsf/0/AEB5AA310D68
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 (last viewed 21 December 2005)

Data element attributes

Collection and usage attributes

Comments:Help on this termLabour force status is one indicator of the socio-economic status of a person and is a key element in assessing the circumstances and needs of individuals and families.

Source and reference attributes

Origin:Help on this termHealth Data Standards Committee

Relational attributes

Related metadata references:Help on this term

Supersedes Labour force status, version 3, DE, Int. NCSDD & NHDD, NCSIMG & NHIMG, Superseded 01/03/2005.pdf (19.5 KB)

Has been superseded by Person—labour force status, code N Health, Standard 17/10/2018, Homelessness, Standard 10/08/2018, Disability, Standard 29/02/2016

See also Person—occupation (main), code (ANZSCO 2013 Version 1.2) N[NNN]{NN} Disability, Standard 13/08/2015, Community Services (retired), Standard 01/10/2013

Implementation in Data Set Specifications:Help on this term
All attributes +

Cardiovascular disease (clinical) DSS Health, Superseded 15/02/2006

Cardiovascular disease (clinical) DSS Health, Superseded 04/07/2007

Cardiovascular disease (clinical) DSS Health, Superseded 22/12/2009

Cardiovascular disease (clinical) DSS Health, Superseded 01/09/2012

Cardiovascular disease (clinical) NBPDS Health, Superseded 17/10/2018

Children's Services NMDS Community Services (retired), Superseded 21/05/2010

DSS specific attributes +

Commonwealth State/Territory Disability Agreement NMDS (July 2008) Community Services (retired), Superseded 11/11/2009

DSS specific attributes +

Commonwealth State/Territory Disability Agreement NMDS - 1 July 2006 Community Services (retired), Superseded 14/12/2008

DSS specific attributes +

Disability services carer details cluster Disability, Standard 13/08/2015
Community Services (retired), Standard 10/04/2013

Disability services client details cluster Disability, Standard 13/08/2015
Community Services (retired), Standard 10/04/2013

Disability Services NMDS 2009-10 Community Services (retired), Superseded 15/12/2011

DSS specific attributes +

Disability Services NMDS 2010-11 Community Services (retired), Superseded 15/12/2011

DSS specific attributes +

Disability Services NMDS 2011-12 Community Services (retired), Superseded 13/03/2013

DSS specific attributes +

Disability Services NMDS 2012-14 Community Services (retired), Standard 13/03/2013

DSS specific attributes +

Disability Services NMDS 2014-15 Disability, Superseded 29/02/2016
Community Services (retired), Proposed 23/04/2014

DSS specific attributes +

SAAP Client Collection National Minimum Data Set Community Services (retired), Retired 01/07/2011

DSS specific attributes +

Specialist Homelessness Services NMDS 2011 Housing assistance, Superseded 01/05/2013
Homelessness, Superseded 01/05/2013

DSS specific attributes +

Specialist Homelessness Services NMDS 2012-13 Housing assistance, Superseded 01/05/2013
Homelessness, Superseded 01/05/2013

DSS specific attributes +

Specialist Homelessness Services NMDS 2013-14 Housing assistance, Superseded 26/08/2014
Homelessness, Superseded 26/08/2014

DSS specific attributes +

Specialist Homelessness Services NMDS 2014-15 Housing assistance, Superseded 24/11/2016
Homelessness, Superseded 24/11/2016

DSS specific attributes +

Specialist Homelessness Services NMDS 2015-17 Homelessness, Superseded 24/11/2016

DSS specific attributes +

Specialist Homelessness Services NMDS 2017-19 Homelessness, Superseded 10/08/2018

DSS specific attributes +
Implementation in Indicators:Help on this termUsed as numerator
National Disability Agreement: a(1)- Proportion of people with disability who are in the labour force, 2013 Disability, Standard 13/08/2015
Community Services (retired), Standard 23/05/2013
National Disability Agreement: a(1)-Labour force participation rate for people with disability aged 15-64 years, 2011 Community Services (retired), Superseded 05/03/2012
National Disability Agreement: a(1)-Labour force participation rate for people with disability aged 15-64 years, 2012 Community Services (retired), Superseded 23/05/2013
National Disability Agreement: a(2)- Proportion of people with disability who are employed, 2013 Disability, Standard 13/08/2015
Community Services (retired), Standard 23/05/2013
National Disability Agreement: a(2)-Labour force participation rate for people with disability aged 15-64 years, 2011 Community Services (retired), Superseded 05/03/2012
National Disability Agreement: a(2)-Labour force participation rate for people with disability aged 15-64 years, 2012 Community Services (retired), Superseded 23/05/2013
National Disability Agreement: a(3)- Proportion of people with disability who are unemployed, 2013 Disability, Standard 13/08/2015
Community Services (retired), Standard 23/05/2013
National Disability Agreement: a(3)-Labour force participation rate for people with disability aged 15-64 years, 2011 Community Services (retired), Superseded 05/03/2012
National Disability Agreement: a(3)-Labour force participation rate for people with disability aged 15-64 years, 2012 Community Services (retired), Superseded 23/05/2013
National Disability Agreement: a(4)- Proportion of people with disability who are underemployed, 2013 Disability, Standard 13/08/2015
Community Services (retired), Standard 23/05/2013
National Disability Agreement: a-Labour force participation rate for people with disability aged 15-64 years, 2010 Community Services (retired), Superseded 15/12/2011
National Disability Agreement: g(1)-Proportion of carers (of people with disability) who are in the labour force, 2013 Disability, Standard 13/08/2015
Community Services (retired), Standard 23/05/2013
National Disability Agreement: g(2)-Proportion of carers (of people with disability) who are employed, 2013 Disability, Standard 13/08/2015
Community Services (retired), Standard 23/05/2013
National Disability Agreement: g(3)-Proportion of carers (of people with disability) in the labour force who are unemployed, 2013 Disability, Standard 13/08/2015
Community Services (retired), Standard 23/05/2013
National Disability Agreement: g-Labour force participation rate for carers aged 15-64 of people with disability, 2010 Community Services (retired), Superseded 15/12/2011
National Disability Agreement: g-Labour force participation rate for carers aged 15-64 of people with disability, 2011 Community Services (retired), Superseded 05/03/2012
National Disability Agreement: g-Labour force participation rate for carers aged 15-64 of people with disability, 2012 Community Services (retired), Superseded 23/05/2013
National Indigenous Reform Agreement: P21a-Employment to population ratio, for the working age population (15-64 years) (Census Data), 2010 Community Services (retired), Superseded 04/04/2011
National Indigenous Reform Agreement: P21b-Employment to population ratio, for the working age population (15-64 years) (Survey Data), 2010 Community Services (retired), Superseded 04/04/2011
National Indigenous Reform Agreement: P22a-Unemployment rate (Census Data), 2010 Community Services (retired), Superseded 04/04/2011
National Indigenous Reform Agreement: P22b-Unemployment rate (Survey Data), 2010 Community Services (retired), Superseded 04/04/2011
National Indigenous Reform Agreement: P23a-Labour force participation rate (Census Data), 2010 Community Services (retired), Superseded 04/04/2011
National Indigenous Reform Agreement: P23b-Labour force participation rate (Survey Data), 2010 Community Services (retired), Superseded 04/04/2011
National Indigenous Reform Agreement: P25-3-month employment outcomes (post-program monitoring), 2010 Community Services (retired), Superseded 04/04/2011
National Indigenous Reform Agreement: P26a-Proportion of Indigenous 18-24 year olds engaged in full-time employment, education or training at or above Certificate III (Census Data), 2010 Community Services (retired), Superseded 04/04/2011
National Indigenous Reform Agreement: P26b-Proportion of Indigenous 18-24 year olds engaged in full-time employment, education or training at or above Certificate III (Survey Data), 2010 Community Services (retired), Superseded 04/04/2011
National Indigenous Reform Agreement: PI 14a-Level of workforce participation (Census data), 2013 Indigenous, Archived 13/12/2013
National Indigenous Reform Agreement: PI 14a-Level of workforce participation (Census data), 2014 Indigenous, Archived 24/11/2014
National Indigenous Reform Agreement: PI 14a-Level of workforce participation (Census data), 2015 Indigenous, Archived 18/11/2015
National Indigenous Reform Agreement: PI 14a-Level of workforce participation (Census data), 2018 Indigenous, Archived 31/07/2018
National Indigenous Reform Agreement: PI 14a-Level of workforce participation (Census data), 2019 Indigenous, Archived 23/08/2019
National Indigenous Reform Agreement: PI 14a-Level of workforce participation (Census data), 2020 Indigenous, Endorsed 23/08/2019
National Indigenous Reform Agreement: PI 14a—Level of workforce participation (Census data), 2017 Indigenous, Archived 06/06/2017
National Indigenous Reform Agreement: PI 14b-Level of workforce participation (survey data), 2013 Indigenous, Archived 13/12/2013
National Indigenous Reform Agreement: PI 14b-Level of workforce participation (survey data), 2014 Indigenous, Archived 24/11/2014
National Indigenous Reform Agreement: PI 21a-Employment to population ratio, for the working age population (15-64 years) (Census Data), 2011 Indigenous, Archived 01/07/2012
National Indigenous Reform Agreement: PI 21a-Employment to population ratio, for the working age population (15-64 years) (Census Data), 2012 Indigenous, Archived 13/06/2013
National Indigenous Reform Agreement: PI 21b-Employment to population ratio, for the working age population (15-64 years) (Survey Data), 2011 Indigenous, Archived 01/07/2012
National Indigenous Reform Agreement: PI 21b-Employment to population ratio, for the working age population (15-64 years) (Survey Data), 2012 Indigenous, Archived 13/06/2013
National Indigenous Reform Agreement: PI 22a-Unemployment rate (Census Data), 2011 Health, Superseded 31/10/2011
Indigenous, Archived 01/07/2012
National Indigenous Reform Agreement: PI 22a-Unemployment rate (Census Data), 2012 Indigenous, Archived 13/06/2013
National Indigenous Reform Agreement: PI 22b-Unemployment rate (Survey Data), 2011 Indigenous, Archived 01/07/2012
National Indigenous Reform Agreement: PI 22b-Unemployment rate (Survey Data), 2012 Indigenous, Archived 13/06/2013
National Indigenous Reform Agreement: PI 23a-Labour force participation rate (Census Data), 2011 Indigenous, Archived 01/07/2012
National Indigenous Reform Agreement: PI 23a-Labour force participation rate (Census Data), 2012 Indigenous, Archived 13/06/2013
National Indigenous Reform Agreement: PI 23b-Labour force participation rate (Survey Data), 2011 Indigenous, Archived 01/07/2012
National Indigenous Reform Agreement: PI 23b-Labour force participation rate (Survey Data), 2012 Indigenous, Archived 13/06/2013
National Indigenous Reform Agreement: PI 25-3 month employment outcomes (post-program monitoring), 2011 Indigenous, Archived 01/07/2012
National Indigenous Reform Agreement: PI 25-3 month employment outcomes (post-program monitoring), 2012 Indigenous, Archived 13/06/2013
National Indigenous Reform Agreement: PI 26a-Proportion of Indigenous 18-24 year olds engaged in full-time employment, education or training at or above Certificate III (Census Data), 2011 Indigenous, Archived 01/07/2012
National Indigenous Reform Agreement: PI 26a-Proportion of Indigenous 18-24 year olds engaged in full-time employment, education or training at or above Certificate III (Census Data), 2012 Indigenous, Archived 13/06/2013
National Indigenous Reform Agreement: PI 26b-Proportion of Indigenous 18-24 year olds engaged in full-time employment, education or training at or above Certificate III (Survey Data), 2011 Indigenous, Archived 01/07/2012
National Indigenous Reform Agreement: PI 26b-Proportion of Indigenous 18-24 year olds engaged in full-time employment, education or training at or above Certificate III (Survey Data), 2012 Indigenous, Archived 13/06/2013
Used as denominator
National Disability Agreement: a(3)- Proportion of people with disability who are unemployed, 2013 Disability, Standard 13/08/2015
Community Services (retired), Standard 23/05/2013
National Disability Agreement: a(3)-Labour force participation rate for people with disability aged 15-64 years, 2011 Community Services (retired), Superseded 05/03/2012
National Disability Agreement: a(3)-Labour force participation rate for people with disability aged 15-64 years, 2012 Community Services (retired), Superseded 23/05/2013
National Disability Agreement: a(4)- Proportion of people with disability who are underemployed, 2013 Disability, Standard 13/08/2015
Community Services (retired), Standard 23/05/2013
National Disability Agreement: g(3)-Proportion of carers (of people with disability) in the labour force who are unemployed, 2013 Disability, Standard 13/08/2015
Community Services (retired), Standard 23/05/2013
National Indigenous Reform Agreement: P22a-Unemployment rate (Census Data), 2010 Community Services (retired), Superseded 04/04/2011
National Indigenous Reform Agreement: P22b-Unemployment rate (Survey Data), 2010 Community Services (retired), Superseded 04/04/2011
National Indigenous Reform Agreement: PI 14a-Level of workforce participation (Census data), 2013 Indigenous, Archived 13/12/2013
National Indigenous Reform Agreement: PI 14a-Level of workforce participation (Census data), 2014 Indigenous, Archived 24/11/2014
National Indigenous Reform Agreement: PI 22a-Unemployment rate (Census Data), 2011 Health, Superseded 31/10/2011
Indigenous, Archived 01/07/2012
National Indigenous Reform Agreement: PI 22a-Unemployment rate (Census Data), 2012 Indigenous, Archived 13/06/2013
National Indigenous Reform Agreement: PI 22b-Unemployment rate (Survey Data), 2011 Indigenous, Archived 01/07/2012
National Indigenous Reform Agreement: PI 22b-Unemployment rate (Survey Data), 2012 Indigenous, Archived 13/06/2013
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