Definition: The Small Area Labour Markets (SALM) data has been compiled by Australian Government Department of Employment. SALM data incorporates three primary datasets:

  1. Centrelink data on people in receipt of Newstart or Youth Allowance (Other), by postcode (not including people in receipt of the Community Development Employment Projects Participant Supplement)
  2. ABS Labour Force Survey data at the ABS Labour Force Region level
  3. ABS Census of Population and Housing labour force data at the Statistical Local Area level, Statistical Area 2 level and Local Government Area level.

The estimates presented have been smoothed by Department of Employment using a four-quarter average to minimise the variability inherent in the estimates at the Statistical Local Area level, Statistical Area 2 level and Local Government Area level.

For states, territories and other large regions, unemployment rate data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) Labour Force Survey is presented.  The Labour Force Survey is based on a multi-stage area sample of private dwellings (currently approximately 26,000 houses, flats, etc.) and a list sample of non-private dwellings (hotels, motels, etc.), and covers approximately 0.32% of the civilian population of Australia aged 15 years and over.

Source: Department of Employment Small Area Labour Markets (SALM). (June Quarter 2017 was released in November 2017. September Quarter 2017 data will be available in January 2018.)

Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) Labour Force, Australia, Detailed, Cat. 6291.0.55.001 (June Quarter 2017 was released in July 2017. September Quarter 2017 data will be available in October 2017.) *

*The presentation in this profile of ABS Labour Force unemployment data for states and large regions is delayed by REMPLAN in order to align with subsequent releases of Small Area Labour Market (SALM) unemployment data by the Department of Employment.