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Labour force status prior to imprisonment code N

Identifying and definitional attributes

Metadata item type:Help on this termValue Domain
METeOR identifier:Help on this term631867
Registration status:Help on this termHealth, Standard 28/04/2016
Definition:Help on this term

A code set representing participation in either paid employment or economic inactivity prior to imprisonment.

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
1Full-time work
2Part-time work or casual work
3Unemployed and looking for work
4Unemployed and not looking for work
5Unable to work due to disability, age or health condition
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Collection and usage attributes

Guide for use:Help on this term

For use in Prisoner health data collections.  If this value domain is to be used with other metadata then 'Unknown' would map to code 8.

Only one option may be selected.

CODE 1 Full-time work

Employed persons are working full-time if they:

(a) usually work 35 hours or more in a week (in all paid jobs) or

(b) although usually work less than 35 hours a week, actually worked 35 hours or more a week during the 30 days prior to being imprisoned.

CODE 2 Part-time or casual work

Employed persons are working part-time if they usually work less than 35 hours a week (in all paid jobs) during the 30 days prior to being imprisoned.

A person's employment is classed as casual work if they are not entitled to paid sick or holiday leave and considered their job to be casual, and who either: worked in someone else's business or reported that they worked in their own unincorporated business but did not invoice clients for own payment and paid PAYE tax.

CODE 3 and 4  Unemployed and looking for work/not looking for work

Unemployed persons are defined as all persons 15 years of age and over who were not employed during the 30 days prior to being imprisoned, and

  • had actively looked for full-time or part-time work at any time in the 30 days prior to being imprisoned and were available for work during that period or
  • were waiting to start a new job within the 30 days prior to being in prison

'Looking for work' encompasses a range of formal and informal job search activities and includes: writing, telephoning or applying in person to an employer for work, answering an advertisement for a job, checking workplace noticeboards or the touchscreens at Centrelink offices, being registered as a job seeker with Centrelink, being registered with a Job Network agency or any other employment agency, advertising or tendering for work, and contacting friends or relatives. People actively looking for self-employment jobs (such as looking for a business or to purchase a lease) are also treated as looking for work. People who only looked in newspapers or read job advertisements are seen as passively, rather than actively, looking for work and so are not considered unemployed.


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) 1996. Standards for Labour Force Statistics Variables. Cat. no. 1288.0. Canberra: ABS

ABS 2007. Labour Statistics: Concepts, Sources and Methods, Apr 2007. Cat. no. 6102.0.55.001. Canberra: ABS

ABS 2009. Education and work. Cat. no. 6227.0. Canberra: ABS

Relational attributes

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Supersedes Labour force status 30 days prior to imprisonment code N Health, Superseded 28/04/2016

Data elements implementing this value domain:Help on this term

Prison entrant—labour force status 30 days prior to imprisonment, code N Health, Standard 28/04/2016

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