8176.2.55.001 - Experimental Estimates of Employees by Industry and Workplace Location, Victoria, 2005-06 to 2010-11 Quality Declaration 
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Australian and New Zealand Standard Industrial Classification (ANZSIC)

The Australian and New Zealand Standard Industrial Classification (ANZSIC) has been jointly developed by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) and Statistics New Zealand (Statistics NZ).

An industrial classification is one way to organise data about businesses. It provides a standard framework under which business units carrying out similar productive activities can be grouped together, with each resultant group referred to as an industry.

The ANZSIC provides a basis for the standardised collection, analysis and dissemination of economic data on an industry basis for Australia and New Zealand.

Australian Statistical Geography Standard (ASGS)

The Australian Statistical Geography Standard (ASGS) is the new geographical framework used by the ABS. It brings together all regions for which the ABS publishes statistics within the one framework and is used for the collection and dissemination of geographically classified statistics.


Comcare partners with workers, their employers and unions to keep workers healthy and safe, and reduce the incidence and cost of workplace injury and disease.

Comcare implements the Australian Government’s policies in federal workplaces to drive social inclusion and productivity. Comcare are guided by three outcomes:

    • The protection of the health, safety and welfare at work of workers covered by the Comcare scheme through education, assurance and enforcement.
    • An early and safe return to work and access to compensation for injured workers covered by the Comcare scheme by working in partnership with employers to create best practice in rehabilitation and by providing quick and accurate management of workers’ compensation claims.
    • Access to compensation for people with asbestos-related diseases where the Commonwealth has a liability.

Employed Person Equivalent

The data presented in this publication is defined as an 'employed person equivalent' rather than an employee. This distinction is due to the statistical method used to derive the experimental estimates, as such the 'employed person equivalent' is a proxy for the number of employees. For example, an estimate of '1' in a given cell may represent one person, or it may represent two or more employees working a proportionately less amount of time.

Local Government Area (LGA)

Local Government Areas (LGAs) are part of the Australian Statistical Geography Standard (ASGS) as non-ABS structures. LGAs are defined by the Departments of Local Government, or their equivalent in each state or territory, excepting the Australian Capital Territory.

LGAs cover incorporated areas of Australia. Incorporated areas are legally designated parts of States / Territories over which incorporated local governing bodies have responsibility. The major areas of Australia not administered by incorporated bodies are the northern parts of South Australia and all of the Australian Capital Territory and the Other Territories. These regions are identified as ‘Unincorporated’ in the ABS LGA structure.
Unincorporated regions in Victoria have been excluded from this publication.

More information can be found at the Australian Local Government Association website: http://www.alga.asn.au

Main job

The job in which most hours are usually worked.

Mean Weekly Earnings

The amount obtained by dividing the total earnings of a group by the number of employees in that group.

Rateable Remuneration

WorkSafe Victoria use rateable remuneration to determine a workplace’s insurance premium. Rateable remuneration is made up of the wages and other benefits a business pays to its workers, including superannuation. Rateable remuneration can include both cash and non-cash payments.

Regional Growth Plans Geography

The Regional Growth Plans Geography is a geography used by the Victorian state government including the Department of Planning and Community Development. It is created by the aggregation of Local Government Areas outside of the metropolitan Melbourne area. Further information about this geography can be found on the DPCD website here:www.dpcd.vic.gov.au/planning/plansandpolicies/ruralandregionalplanning/regionalgrowthplans.


Remuneration (as reported by WorkSafe Victoria) is made up of the wages and other benefits a business pays to its workers, and is the gross amount paid to workers before tax and can include both cash and non-cash payments.


A self-insurer is an employer approved by the Victorian WorkSafe Authority to manage its own workers’ compensation claims and to have full responsibility for meeting its claims liabilities.

Weekly Earnings

Amount of ‘last total pay’ (i.e. before taxation, salary sacrifice and other deductions had been made) from wage and salary jobs prior to the interview. For persons paid other than weekly, earnings were converted to a weekly equivalent. No adjustment was made for any back payment of wage increases, prepayment of leave or bonuses, etc. Please note that in 2007, a change was made to the concept of earnings being measured to include amounts salary sacrificed (thus, salary sacrifice is not included in earnings estimates prior to 2007).

Workplace Industry Classification (WIC)

A reflection of the industry in which the workplace operates.

WorkSafe Victoria

Broadly, the responsibilities of WorkSafe are to:
    • help avoid workplace injuries occurring
    • enforce Victoria's occupational health and safety laws
    • provide reasonably priced workplace injury insurance for employers
    • help injured workers back into the workforce
    • manage the workers' compensation scheme by ensuring the prompt delivery of appropriate services and adopting prudent financial practices.