1367.5 - Western Australian Statistical Indicators, Dec 2009  
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WAGE PRICE INDEX

DECEMBER KEY FIGURES, Western Australia

Dec Qtr 2009
Sep 09 Qtr to Dec 09 qtr
Dec 08 qtr to Dec 09 qtr
Original
% chg
%chg

Western Australia
102.9
0.8
3.0
Sector:
Private
102.4
0.6
2.5
Public
104.7
1.7
4.7

Source: Labour Price Index, Australia (cat. no. 6345.0).

  • In the December quarter 2009, the Wage Price Index (WPI) for Western Australia increased by 0.8% in original terms, similar to the national increase (0.7%). Of the states and territories, the Northern Territory (1.2%) had the highest quarterly increase while New South Wales had the lowest (0.4%).
  • The quarterly increases for the public and private sectors were 1.7% and 0.6% respectively. In July 2009, the Australian Fair Pay Commission decision was to make no change to minimum wage rates. Therefore, the wage increases that might have been expected to affect the December quarter 2009 Wage Price Index did not occur.
  • In the 12 months to December 2009, the public sector index rose by 4.7%, compared with 6.0% in the previous 12 months. Private sector wages growth slowed more quickly; in the year to December 2009, the index rose by 2.5% compared with 5.5% in the previous year.
  • The difference between the public and private sector increase can be attributed, in part, to the higher proportion of public sector jobs covered by Certified Agreements. These tend to cover longer time frames than the informal agreements widely used in the private sector.



  • Through the year to December 2009, the WPI for all sectors increased 3.0% for Western Australia and 2.9% nationally.
  • During the last five years, the annual increase has remained higher in Western Australia than nationally although the gap started to narrow in the six months to December 2009.

Total Hourly Rates of Pay Excluding Bonuses by Selected Industries

ANZSIC Division
Dec qtr 09
Sep qtr 09
Sep qtr 09 to Dec qtr 09
Dec 08 to Dec 09
% Change
% Change

Selected Industries
Mining
102.1
101.4
0.7
2.4
Manufacturing
102.1
101.7
0.4
2.0
Construction
102.4
102.0
0.4
3.3
Retail trade
103.2
102.6
0.6
3.7
Accommodation and food services
101.9
101.3
0.6
1.7
Transport, postal and warehousing
103.5
102.2
1.3
3.6
Professional, scientific and technical Services
103.0
102.8
0.2
2.5
Administrative and support services
102.8
102.4
0.4
3.1
Public administration and safety
104.0
102.9
1.1
3.7
Education and training
104.8
101.8
2.9
4.8
Health care and social assistance
104.4
103.8
0.6
4.7

Source: Labour Price Index (cat. no. 6345.0).
  • The industry classification used in the Wage Price Index was updated for the September quarter 2009 to better reflect the types of industries in today's economy. To find out more about these changes see:
  • The industries with a significant proportion of public sector employees showed the greatest annual WPI growth. These included Education and training (4.8%), Health care and social assistance (4.7%) and Public administration and safety (3.7%). Retail trade also showed strong wages growth (3.7%).
  • Accommodation and food services (1.7%) and Manufacturing (2.0%) had the lowest annual WPI increases.



This link takes you to the Downloads page of Labour Price Index, Australia, Dec 2009 (cat no. 6345.0).
Data for Western Australia can be found in Tables 2, 3, 4 and 8.


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