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The target population of businesses for the WPI is all employing organisations in Australia (private and public sectors) excluding:
A sample redesign of the WPI was undertaken and the outcome implemented from December quarter 2009. A result of this review was to stop collecting data on a quarterly basis from micro businesses (0-4 employment). The size and frequency of pay changes for jobs in micro businesses was found to be the same as businesses with employment of five or more. Therefore, micro businesses are now treated as being out of coverage of the WPI but remain in scope through their continued inclusion in the expenditure weights used in compiling the WPI. The introduction of this change has not impacted what the WPI is measuring.
All employee jobs in the target population of businesses are in scope of the WPI, with the exception of the following:
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