IN THIS ISSUE
The frequency of the average weekly earnings series has changed from quarterly to biannual. The May 2012 publication was the final quarterly issue and this issue is the first produced on a biannual basis. For full details on the change in frequency, refer to the Information Paper: Changes to Average Weekly Earnings, Australia, April 2012 (cat. no. 6302.0.55.002).
SEASONALLY ADJUSTED AND TREND ESTIMATES
As part of the transition to a biannual frequency, an assessment was conducted on the feasibility of releasing biannual seasonally adjusted and trend estimates. It was determined that reducing the frequency of collection did not eliminate observed seasonality for some time series leaving 27 biannual series needing seasonal adjustment. All other series are no longer seasonally adjusted and where this is applicable the seasonally adjusted estimate will be exactly equal to the original series estimate. Relevant series are footnoted in this publication.
In addition, the change in frequency has resulted in a shift in the level of seasonally adjusted and trend estimates and, therefore, new series have been released in the November 2012 publication. The series commence with May 2012 data. Seasonally adjusted and trend estimate data prior to May 2012 are still available in the May 2012 issue. For further details on seasonally adjusted and trend estimates, refer to paragraphs 40 to 47 in the Explanatory Notes.
PUBLICATION FORMAT CHANGE
This publication is in an e-magazine (HTML) format, replacing the previous PDF style publication. The ABS will review this revised publication and welcomes feedback on its content and format.
In addition to the information presented in this e-magazine publication, a feature article examining Salary Sacrifice in Australia will be added to this issue on 7 March 2013.
For further information about these and related statistics, contact the National Information and Referral Service on 1300 135 070 or Francesco Tornatore on Perth (08) 9360 5304.