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6248.0.55.001 - Wage and Salary Earners, Public Sector, Australia, Sep 2005  
Previous ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 15/12/2005   
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SEPTEMBER KEY FIGURES

Aug 2005
May 2005 to Aug 2005
Aug 2004 to Aug 2005
'000
% change
% change

PUBLIC SECTOR EMPLOYEES
Trend estimates
Commonwealth Government
251.5
0.5
2.0
State Government
1 192.0
0.7
2.3
Local Government
168.2
0.9
3.9
Total Public Sector
1 611.7
0.7
2.4
Seasonally Adjusted estimates
Commonwealth Government
251.2
0.1
1.6
State Government
1 194.0
0.6
2.6
Local Government
167.3
-0.5
3.0
Total Public Sector
1 612.5
0.4
2.5

Sep Qtr 2005
Jun Qtr 2005 to Sep Qtr 2005
Sep Qtr 2004 to Sep Qtr 2005
$m
% change
% change

PUBLIC SECTOR GROSS EARNINGS
Original estimates
Commonwealth Government
3 647.6
-8.0
8.3
State Government
15 408.7
-1.2
6.5
Local Government
1 753.5
4.9
8.6
Total Public Sector
20 809.8
-2.0
7.0

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



SEPTEMBER KEY POINTS


TREND ESTIMATES
  • From August 2004 to August 2005 the number of public sector employees increased by 37,600 (2.4%) to 1,611,700
  • In the same period the number of employees increased in local government by 3.9%, state government by 2.3% and in Commonwealth government by 2.0%.


NOTES

FORTHCOMING ISSUES

ISSUE (QUARTER) Release Date
December 2005 23 March 2006
March 2006 15 June 2006



NOTES ON ESTIMATES

CONCURRENT SEASONAL ADJUSTMENT


The ABS has introduced concurrent seasonal adjustment to the Survey of Employment and Earnings (SEE), replacing the forward factor adjustment method previously used to produce seasonally adjusted estimates. Concurrent seasonal adjustment uses original data up to and including the current quarter to update seasonal factors each quarter, whereas the forward factor adjustment method only updates seasonal factors annually.


By increasing the frequency of seasonal reanalyses from annually to quarterly, concurrent seasonal adjustment produces initial seasonally adjusted estimates that are closer on average to their final values, as any changes in seasonality are picked up sooner. See paragraphs 17 to 20 of the Explanatory Notes for more information on the concurrent seasonal adjustment method.



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TABLES



1. PUBLIC SECTOR EMPLOYEES, Level of government - States & territories

May 2005
August 2005
C'wealth
State
Local
Total
C'wealth
State
Local
Total
'000
'000
'000
'000
'000
'000
'000
'000

Trend

New South Wales
59.6
372.3
51.1
483.0
59.8
370.5
51.2
481.5
Victoria
56.9
262.2
39.1
358.2
57.0
266.1
39.5
362.6
Queensland
32.6
242.4
41.6
316.6
32.5
245.4
42.7
320.6
South Australia
14.8
100.8
10.1
125.7
15.0
101.8
10.3
127.1
Western Australia
15.9
132.1
17.2
165.2
16.0
134.0
17.1
167.1
Tasmania
6.1
35.2
na
45.6
6.2
35.7
na
46.1
Northern Territory
3.4
19.7
na
26.5
3.4
19.8
na
26.5
Australian Capital Territory
60.9
19.0
. .
79.9
61.6
18.7
. .
80.3
Australia
250.2
1 183.7
166.7
1 600.6
251.5
1 192.0
168.2
1 611.7

Seasonally Adjusted

New South Wales
59.5
370.7
51.0
481.2
60.0
371.7
51.3
483.0
Victoria
57.1
262.8
39.4
359.3
56.6
266.3
39.2
362.1
Queensland
32.8
242.8
42.0
317.6
32.4
246.7
42.6
321.7
South Australia
14.8
102.2
10.0
127.0
15.0
101.8
10.4
127.2
Western Australia
16.0
133.5
17.2
166.7
16.0
133.8
17.0
166.8
Tasmania
6.2
35.3
na
45.6
6.2
35.9
na
46.2
Northern Territory
3.5
19.8
na
26.8
3.4
19.8
na
26.3
Australian Capital Territory
61.0
19.7
. .
80.7
61.6
18.0
. .
79.6
Australia
250.9
1 186.8
168.2
1 605.9
251.2
1 194.0
167.3
1 612.5

Original

New South Wales
60.0
375.4
51.2
486.6
59.8
375.3
50.8
486.0
Victoria
56.7
266.2
39.5
362.4
56.4
268.3
38.7
363.4
Queensland
32.9
245.1
41.6
319.6
32.2
249.3
42.9
324.4
South Australia
14.7
102.9
10.0
127.6
15.0
102.4
10.5
127.9
Western Australia
16.1
134.1
17.5
167.6
16.0
135.0
16.6
167.6
Tasmania
6.1
36.0
4.2
46.2
6.2
36.6
4.0
46.8
Northern Territory
3.6
20.0
3.5
27.0
3.4
19.8
3.2
26.3
Australian Capital Territory
61.4
19.9
. .
81.3
61.5
18.3
. .
79.8
Australia
251.4
1 199.6
167.3
1 618.3
250.5
1 205.0
166.7
1 622.2

. . not applicable
na not available

2. PUBLIC SECTOR GROSS EARNINGS, Level of government - States & territories: Original

June Quarter 2005
September Quarter 2005
C'wealth
State
Local
Total
C'wealth
State
Local
Total
$m
$m
$m
$m
$m
$m
$m
$m

New South Wales
916.8
5 302.9
566.8
6 786.5
847.2
5 310.6
595.3
6 753.2
Victoria
900.3
3 277.4
340.3
4 517.9
837.7
3 205.2
360.6
4 403.4
Queensland
485.1
3 111.8
436.7
4 033.7
437.8
3 201.3
464.3
4 103.5
South Australia
224.5
1 251.3
107.6
1 583.4
205.4
1 272.8
118.2
1 596.4
Western Australia
228.2
1 643.6
160.9
2 032.6
205.6
1 508.9
156.5
1 871.0
Tasmania
90.4
422.1
39.9
552.5
80.3
418.5
39.9
538.7
Northern Territory
51.6
297.3
19.1
367.9
46.7
259.5
18.6
324.8
Australian Capital Territory
1 066.5
289.6
. .
1 356.2
986.9
232.0
. .
1 218.9
Australia
3 963.5
15 596.0
1 671.2
21 230.7
3 647.6
15 408.7
1 753.5
20 809.8

. . not applicable

3. PUBLIC SECTOR EMPLOYEES AND GROSS EARNINGS, Industry: Original

Employees
Gross earnings
May 2005
August 2005
June Quarter 2005
September Quarter 2005
'000
'000
$m
$m

Agriculture, forestry and fishing
3.4
3.3
44.7
41.9
Manufacturing
5.0
5.0
87.9
91.9
Electricity, gas and water supply
43.4
43.8
763.5
828.1
Construction
4.5
3.8
61.9
53.2
Transport and storage
40.9
40.4
681.3
762.7
Communication services
74.6
np
1 124.1
np
Finance and insurance
10.3
10.5
165.4
180.9
Property and business services
28.6
28.4
467.5
434.2
Government administration and defence
419.7
431.4
5 564.5
5 491.4
Education
499.6
498.7
5 917.5
5 489.1
Health and community services
351.2
346.2
4 361.6
4 503.8
Cultural and recreational services
28.0
28.3
379.0
355.1
Personal and other services
108.1
107.4
1 601.7
1 510.1
All industries(a)
1 618.3
1 622.2
21 230.7
20 809.8

np not available for publication but included in totals where applicable, unless otherwise indicated
(a) Includes Mining, Wholesale trade, Retail trade and Accommodation, cafes and restaurants.


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