The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) has released the next instalment of data from the survey of Pregnancy and Employment Transitions. This little known survey is conducted every six years as a special topic in the November Labour Force Survey. The first survey was undertaken in 2005 and the most recent survey in 2017. The current release provides comparisons to 2011 data, where relevant.
The survey captures a range of labour market information on women (and their partners) who had a child aged under two years in the survey reference month. It explores the connection to work before and after child birth, types and length of leave taken, changes to employment circumstances and return to work timeframes and methods. While the survey relates to a small segment of the civilian population aged 15 years and over, it provides some useful indicators for the uptake of available leave, the use of government payments and issues experienced in juggling work and parenthood (with the focus on mothers).