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SEPTEMBER KEY FIGURES

Aug 2006
May 2006 to Aug 2006
Aug 2005 to Aug 2006
'000
% change
% change

PUBLIC SECTOR EMPLOYEES
Trend estimates
Commonwealth Government
260.2
0.9
3.3
State Government
1 228.3
0.8
2.9
Local Government
167.9
0.6
0.5
Total Public Sector
1 656.4
0.8
2.7
Seasonally Adjusted estimates
Commonwealth Government
292.5
12.7
16.3
State Government
1 229.2
0.7
2.8
Local Government
167.8
0.0
0.0
Total Public Sector
1 689.5
2.5
4.6

Sep Qtr 2006
Jun Qtr 2006 to Sep Qtr 2006
Sep Qtr 2005 to Sep Qtr 2006
$m
% change
% change

PUBLIC SECTOR GROSS EARNINGS
Original estimates
Commonwealth Government
4 022.6
-7.7
10.4
State Government
16 783.3
0.3
8.3
Local Government
1 833.1
3.8
4.2
Total Public Sector
22 638.9
-0.9
8.3

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



SEPTEMBER KEY POINTS


TREND ESTIMATES
  • From August 2005 to August 2006 the number of public sector employees increased by 43,300 (2.7%) to 1,656,400.
  • In the same period the number of employees increased in Commonwealth government by 3.3%, state government by 2.9% and local government by 0.5%.


NOTES

FORTHCOMING ISSUES

ISSUE (QUARTER) Release Date
December 2006 22 March 2007
March 2007 14 June 2007



NOTES ON ESTIMATES

2006 CENSUS OF POPULATION AND HOUSING


Original and seasonally adjusted estimates of Commonwealth and total public sector employees for May and August 2006 include temporary staff recruited by the ABS to conduct the 2006 Census of Population and Housing. For trend estimates, the impact of temporary ABS staff has been explicitly removed. For more information on trend estimates see paragraphs 21 to 25 of the Explanatory Notes.


GROSS EARNINGS

Estimates of gross quarterly earnings are affected by the varying number of pay periods from quarter to quarter. Although there was a significant increase in the original estimates of Commonwealth employees due to the Census, original estimates of employee earnings have decreased due to fewer pay periods in the September quarter 2006, compared to the June quarter 2006.

INQUIRIES

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TABLES



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

May 2006
August 2006
C'wealth
State
Local
Total
C'wealth
State
Local
Total
'000
'000
'000
'000
'000
'000
'000
'000

Trend

New South Wales
62.0
384.8
49.7
496.5
62.5
388.2
49.7
500.4
Victoria
58.0
267.1
38.8
363.9
58.0
269.0
39.3
366.3
Queensland
32.1
252.2
42.7
327.0
32.5
255.8
42.3
330.6
South Australia
15.4
103.1
10.4
128.9
15.4
103.0
10.5
128.9
Western Australia
16.1
136.3
17.3
169.7
16.1
136.7
18.0
170.8
Tasmania
6.0
36.3
na
46.8
6.0
36.4
na
47.0
Northern Territory
3.5
20.1
na
26.9
3.5
20.2
na
27.2
Australian Capital Territory
64.8
18.8
. .
83.6
66.2
19.0
. .
85.2
Australia
257.9
1 218.7
166.9
1 643.5
260.2
1 228.3
167.9
1 656.4

Seasonally Adjusted

New South Wales
62.6
384.9
50.3
497.8
72.2
388.4
49.4
510.0
Victoria
59.0
267.4
38.7
365.1
65.1
269.3
39.6
374.0
Queensland
31.8
252.4
43.4
327.6
39.6
257.0
41.7
338.3
South Australia
15.7
103.6
10.2
129.5
18.1
102.6
10.7
131.4
Western Australia
15.9
136.6
17.0
169.5
19.8
136.3
18.3
174.4
Tasmania
6.1
36.4
na
47.1
6.8
36.5
na
47.9
Northern Territory
3.5
20.4
na
27.1
3.9
20.0
na
27.4
Australian Capital Territory
65.0
18.8
. .
83.8
67.0
19.1
. .
86.1
Australia
259.6
1 220.5
167.8
1 647.9
292.5
1 229.2
167.8
1 689.5

Original

New South Wales
62.9
390.3
50.4
503.6
72.0
392.8
49.5
514.3
Victoria
59.2
270.8
38.6
368.6
64.6
272.3
39.4
376.3
Queensland
32.0
255.1
43.5
330.6
39.3
260.5
41.9
341.8
South Australia
15.6
104.9
10.1
130.6
18.1
103.1
10.8
132.0
Western Australia
16.0
137.6
17.1
170.7
19.8
137.2
18.2
175.2
Tasmania
6.1
37.2
4.4
47.7
6.8
37.2
4.5
48.5
Northern Territory
3.5
20.6
3.3
27.5
3.9
20.0
3.5
27.5
Australian Capital Territory
65.5
19.1
. .
84.6
66.9
19.3
. .
86.2
Australia
260.8
1 235.7
167.4
1 663.9
291.5
1 242.6
167.8
1 701.8

. . not applicable
na not available

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

June Quarter 2006
September Quarter 2006
C'wealth
State
Local
Total
C'wealth
State
Local
Total
$m
$m
$m
$m
$m
$m
$m
$m

New South Wales
1 027.4
5 779.2
575.5
7 382.1
933.8
5 613.7
593.8
7 141.3
Victoria
999.7
3 499.7
352.7
4 852.2
898.7
3 635.5
378.1
4 912.3
Queensland
513.2
3 319.2
491.7
4 324.2
489.6
3 565.8
486.7
4 542.2
South Australia
249.7
1 290.8
108.1
1 648.6
230.7
1 320.6
127.7
1 679.1
Western Australia
249.5
1 764.6
175.2
2 189.2
228.9
1 648.3
180.9
2 058.0
Tasmania
92.6
463.8
43.6
599.9
83.0
453.8
46.6
583.4
Northern Territory
56.7
315.9
19.3
391.9
52.8
276.2
19.2
348.2
Australian Capital Territory
1 168.7
298.5
. .
1 467.1
1 105.0
269.3
. .
1 374.3
Australia
4 357.5
16 731.6
1 766.1
22 855.2
4 022.6
16 783.3
1 833.1
22 638.9

. . not applicable

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

Employees
Gross earnings
May 2006
August 2006
June Quarter 2006
September Quarter 2006
'000
'000
$m
$m

Agriculture, forestry and fishing
4.4
4.4
58.9
58.5
Manufacturing
5.0
5.1
85.5
108.8
Electricity, gas and water supply
46.3
47.1
888.4
946.6
Construction
5.0
5.1
74.0
78.3
Transport and storage
44.9
45.1
817.1
818.1
Communication services
71.7
70.9
1 238.9
1 070.4
Finance and insurance
10.9
10.9
182.7
212.0
Property and business services
26.9
27.9
439.7
439.3
Government administration and defence
446.5
481.5
6 107.9
6 077.9
Education
508.9
507.7
6 274.0
5 959.0
Health and community services
351.7
354.5
4 573.4
4 856.8
Cultural and recreational services
28.1
29.1
405.0
377.8
Personal and other services
112.3
111.0
1 697.6
1 622.7
All industries(a)
1 663.9
1 701.8
22 855.2
22 638.9

(a) Includes Mining, Wholesale trade, Retail trade and Accommodation, cafes and restaurants.


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