Data Sources

Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS)

abs.gov.au

  • Labour Force, Australia, January 2018
  • Labour Force, Australia, Detailed, November 2017
  • Census of Population and Housing
  • Characteristics of Employment, Australia
  • Australian and New Zealand Standard Classification of Occupations
  • Australian and New Zealand Standard Industrial Classification

Employment data at the national and state level are trend (where available). All other data are annual averages of original data.

Employment data at the regional level are 12 month averages of original data.

  • Because of the different bases for these data, state and regional employment and employment change figures are not comparable.

Employment data for Industry and Occupation groups are ABS data trended by the Department of Jobs and Small Business (where available) but all other employment data (such as employment profile figures) are annual averages of original data.

For many small occupations and regions, the standard errors are relatively large. Accordingly, employment data may exhibit considerable variation and should be used with caution.

For consistency across data sets, employment is ‘total’ and includes full-time and part-time workers of all ages.

Regional areas are defined as those outside Greater Sydney, Greater Melbourne, Greater Brisbane, Greater Adelaide, Greater Perth, Greater Hobart, Darwin and the Australian Capital Territory.

Where trend data are used, totals will not necessarily add. Some data, such as regional employment figures, are only available as annual averages and there is often a discrepancy between these and the trend employment data.

Educational attainment data relate to people aged 15 years or older. The ‘no post-school qualification’ figures are for employed persons who have not completed education other than pre-primary, primary or secondary education. The ‘other qualification’ figures include - vocational education and training certificate I, II and not further defined; level of education inadequately described; and level of education not stated.

Department of Education and Training

education.gov.au

  • Higher Education Student Data Collections

Higher education data are for domestic student enrolments in universities.

Department of Jobs and Small Business

jobs.gov.au

Quality Indicators for Learning and Teaching

qilt.edu.au

  • 2017 Graduate Outcomes Survey

Undergraduate and postgraduate full-time employment outcomes are a proportion of those who were available for full-time work four months after completing their degree. Overall employment outcomes are a proportion of those who were available for any work four months after completing their degree.

National Centre for Vocational Education Research

ncver.edu.au

  • Apprentice and trainees, 2017 (June quarter)
  • Total VET Students and Courses, 2016
  • VET student outcomes, 2017
  • VOCSTATS

Vocational Education and Training graduate employment outcomes data are for all graduates six months after completing their training. Vocational Education and Training student enrolment data are for individuals who were enrolled in a subject or completed a program in 2016.

Some Vocational Education and Training student enrolment data relate to program enrolments (that is, study for a qualification course or skill set).

State Budget data

  • New South Wales Treasury
  • Department of Treasury and Finance, Victoria
  • Queensland Treasury
  • Department of Treasury and Finance, South Australian Government
  • Department of Treasury, Western Australia
  • Department of Treasury and Finance, Tasmania
  • Department of Treasury and Finance, Northern Territory
  • ACT Treasury