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Person—employment participation restriction indicator, code N

Identifying and definitional attributes

Metadata item type:Help on this termData Element
Short name:Help on this termEmployment participation restriction indicator
Synonymous names:Help on this termEmployment participation restriction flag
METeOR identifier:Help on this term520912
Registration status:Help on this termDisability, Standard 13/08/2015
Community Services (retired), Standard 19/09/2013
Definition:Help on this termAn indicator of whether a person's ability to participate in work is restricted, as represented by a code.
Data Element Concept:Person—employment participation restriction indicator

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
Supplementary values:Help on this term
7Not applicable
9Not stated/inadequately described

Source and reference attributes

Submitting organisation:Help on this termAustralian Institute of Health and Welfare

Data element attributes

Collection and usage attributes

Guide for use:Help on this term

This item is collected for people who are aged 15 years or over. Use CODE 7 for people aged under 15 years.

Participation in work is not restricted to economic activities and is defined as the ability to take actions, perform tasks and exhibit behaviours to obtain and retain paid and/or unpaid employment (including volunteering).

Participation in work is considered to be affected if a person:

  • needs their employer to provide special equipment, modify the work environment or make special arrangements, or
  • needs a support person at work, or needs ongoing assistance/supervision, or  
  • receives assistance from a disability job placement service, or
  • frequently needs time off work or is unable to work full-time or at all.
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Prior to asking the question, ensure that the respondent is 15 years or older and explain that the question is asked in the context of a long-term condition or disability that has lasted, or is expected to last, 6 months or more. This data item is applicable to all people aged 15 and above, irrespective of actual participation in work. The concept focuses on restrictions affecting the respondent’s ability to participate in work.

Note that:

  • Respondents using special equipment to modify the work environment for work health and safety or preventative purposes only should respond ‘No’ to this question.
  • Respondents frequently needing time off work or working part-time for reasons other than a long-term health condition or disability (such as caring for a child or parent) should respond ‘No’ to this question.


Does a long term-term health condition or disability affect your participation in work?

Source and reference attributes

Origin:Help on this termAustralian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) 2006. Disability variables, 2006. ABS cat. no. 1200.0.55.001. Canberra: ABS. Viewed 24th August 2001,

Reference documents:Help on this termAustralian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) 2009. Disability, aging and carers, Australia: user guide. ABS cat. no. 4431.0.55.001. Canberra: ABS.

Relational attributes

Implementation in Data Set Specifications:Help on this term

Standardised disability flag module Disability, Standard 13/08/2015
Community Services (retired), Standard 19/09/2013

DSS specific attributes +
Implementation in Indicators:Help on this termUsed as denominator
National Disability Agreement: d(2)-Proportion of people with a disability with an employment restriction who used Disability Employment Services (Open Employment), 2013 Disability, Standard 13/08/2015
Community Services (retired), Standard 23/05/2013
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