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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 term621450
Registration status:Help on this termHealth, Standard 17/10/2018
Homelessness, Standard 10/08/2018
Disability, Standard 29/02/2016
Definition:Help on this term

The 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

Employed persons are those aged 15 years and over who met one of the following criteria during the reference week:

  • Worked for one hour or more for pay, profit, commission or payment in kind, in a job or business or on a farm (employees and owner managers of incorporated or unincorporated enterprises).
  • Worked for one hour or more without pay in a family business or on a farm (contributing family workers).
  • Were employees who had a job but were not at work and were:
    • away from work for less than four weeks up to the end of the reference week; or
    • away from work for more than four weeks up to the end of the reference week and
    • received pay for some or all of the four week period to the end of the reference week; or
    • away from work as a standard work or shift arrangement; or
    • on strike or locked out; or
    • on workers' compensation and expected to return to their job.
  • Were owner managers 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:

  • 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 and were available for work in the reference week; or
  • were waiting to start a new job within four weeks from the end of the reference week and could have started in the reference week if the job had been available then.

Actively looked for work includes:

  • written, telephoned or applied to an employer for work;
  • had an interview with an employer for work;
  • answered an advertisement for a job;
  • checked or registered with a Job Services Australia provider or any other employment agency;
  • taken steps to purchase or start your own business;
  • advertised or tendered for work; and
  • contacted friends or relatives in order to obtain work.

CODE 3  Not in the labour force

Persons not in the labour force are those aged 15 years and over who were not in the categories employed or unemployed, as defined, during the reference week. They include people who undertook unpaid household duties or other voluntary work only, were retired, voluntarily inactive and those permanently unable to work.

Collection methods:Help on this term

For information about collection methods, refer to the ABS Standards for Labour Force Statistics.

Source and reference attributes

Submitting organisation:Help on this term

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

Reference documents:Help on this term

ABS (Australian Bureau of Statistics) 2015. Labour Force, Australia. ABS cat. no. 6202.0. Canberra: ABS.

Data element attributes

Collection and usage attributes

Comments:Help on this term

Labour 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

Submitting organisation:Help on this term

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

Reference documents:Help on this term

ABS (Australian Bureau of Statistics) 2015. Labour Force, Australia. ABS cat. no. 6202.0. Canberra: ABS.

Relational attributes

Related metadata references:Help on this term

Supersedes Person—labour force status, code N Housing 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

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) NBPDS Health, Standard 17/10/2018

Disability Services NMDS 2015–16 Disability, Superseded 28/09/2016

DSS specific attributes +

Disability Services NMDS 2016–17 Disability, Superseded 15/12/2017

DSS specific attributes +

Disability Services NMDS 2017–18 Disability, Standard 15/12/2017

DSS specific attributes +

Specialist Homelessness Services NMDS 2019- Homelessness, Standard 10/08/2018

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