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6248.0.55.001 - Wage and Salary Earners, Public Sector, Australia, Mar 2007  
Previous ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 14/06/2007   
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MARCH KEY FIGURES

Feb 2007
Nov 2006 to Feb 2007
Feb 2006 to Feb 2007
'000
% change
% change

PUBLIC SECTOR EMPLOYEES
Trend estimates
Commonwealth Government(a)
228.3
np
np
State Government
1 249.7
0.7
3.4
Local Government
168.4
0.1
1.4
Total Public Sector(a)
1 646.4
np
np
Seasonally Adjusted estimates
Commonwealth Government(a)
229.1
np
np
State Government
1 248.8
0.4
3.4
Local Government
168.3
-0.1
1.8
Total Public Sector(a)
1 646.2
np
np


Mar Qtr 2007
Dec Qtr 2006 to Mar Qtr 2007
Mar Qtr 2006 to Mar Qtr 2007
$m
% change
% change

PUBLIC SECTOR GROSS EARNINGS
Original estimates
Commonwealth Government(a)
3 274.2
np
np
State Government
16 737.8
-5.8
7.2
Local Government
1 840.3
-3.2
6.9
Total Public Sector(a)
21 852.3
np
np

(a) See Notes - Changes in this issue.
np not published due to break in series



Public sector employees
Graph: Public sector employees (000), Seasonally adjusted and Trend



MARCH KEY POINTS


TREND ESTIMATES
  • In February 2007 there were 1,646,400 public sector employees. There were 228,300 employees in Commonwealth government, 1,249,700 in state government and 168,400 in local government.


NOTES

FORTHCOMING ISSUES

ISSUE (QUARTER) Release Date
June 2007 13 September 2007



CHANGES IN THIS ISSUE

Telstra Corporation was effectively privatised on 20 November 2006. For the purposes of ABS statistics this change from public sector to private sector is effective from March quarter 2007.


Consequently Telstra Corporation is no longer in scope of the Survey of Employment and Earnings - Public Sector, and Telstra data are excluded from the series from March quarter 2007. A trend break has been applied to the public sector employees series between November 2006 and February 2007.


For more information see Information Paper: Future Treatment of Telstra in ABS Statistics, 2007 (cat. no. 8102.0), released on 26 February 2007.



FUTURE ISSUES

The quarterly Survey of Employment and Earnings - Public Sector is being replaced with an annual survey, commencing with the 2007-08 reference year. As a result this publication will be ceasing as a quarterly issue. The June quarter 2007 issue, which is scheduled to be released on 13 September 2007, will be the final quarterly issue. Data from the 2007-08 survey is expected to be released in December 2008.



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