Occupations and Industries
The Australian Bureau of Statistics has released information about occupations and industries as revealed through the last Census. This information is based on the count of persons (place of usual residence) and shows the number of the working population in different occupations (e.g. managers, professionals, technicians/trades) and industries (e.g. manufacturing, retail, administrative/support services, education/training, health care/social assistance). The information is derived from specific questions on the Census form that ask about the occupations of those aged 15 and over and the tasks performed in their jobs, as well as the main business and/or services provided by respondents' employers.
Quality and Applicability
Place of usual residence counts are used by the Australian Bureau of Statistics in all its standard data sets e.g. Basic Community Profile, Expanded Community Profile, Indigenous Profile and QuickStats.
Occupation and industry data tell us a great deal about the characteristics of the labour force, skill base and industry structure of the population. For example, occupation data can be used for labour market analyses and industry data can be used for workforce analyses. The occupations held by people and the industries they work in are related to a range of factors including educational qualifications, working/social aspirations, economic base/employment opportunities, and existing industry structure or changes over time. Occupation and industry data can be used in conjunction with other information to gain a picture of the socio-economic status of the population, such as the Index of Relative Socio-economic Disadvantage, labour force participation, individual income, unemployment rate, and educational attainment.
Information about occupations and industries is available for local government areas, statistical local areas, suburbs, and collector districts. Figures are by sex and age (five/ten-year age groups).
Collector districts are the smallest spatial units under the Australian Standard Geographical Classification system used by the Australian Bureau of Statistics. Collector districts enable the collection and dissemination of Census data. Statistical local areas fit into the boundaries of incorporated bodies of local government (i.e. local government areas) when aggregated.
Information about occupations and industries refers to 8 August 2006, the most recent Census.
The Australian Bureau of Statistics progressively released all standard data sets based on the 2006 Census during 2007.
Information about occupations and industries is contained in the Basic Community Profile Cat. No. 2001.0 2006 Tables B44 and B42 respectively. Select the 'Community Profiles' function to search for an area by name then open its Basic Community Profile.
Cost and Format
Australian Bureau of Statistics data sets are downloadable free of charge in excel spreadsheet format.
Additional Data Source(s)
Information about occupations and industries is available through profile.id, an online product designed to support local government planning and accessible through council websites. Go to your council website, search for community profiles, and click on 'What Do We Do/What Are Our Occupations' and 'What Do We Do/What Industries Do We Work In' to generate reports based on the last Census. Reports are available for local government areas and smaller areas (e.g. suburbs). More on profile.id.
Information about industries based on the last Census is available through the Victorian Local Governance Association online library of social statistics.