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6345.0 - Labour Price Index, Australia, Sep 2007  
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TAKE CARE in using seasonally adjusted and trend estimates. See Explanatory Notes paragraphs 37 to 45.

PRICE INDEXES AND CONTRACT PRICE INDEXATION

SEPTEMBER KEY FIGURES

Jun Qtr 2007 to
Sep Qtr 2007
Sep Qtr 2006 to
Sep Qtr 2007
% change
% change

Wage Price Index (WPI)
Total hourly rates of pay excluding bonuses
Seasonally Adjusted(a)
Australia
1.0
4.2
Sector
Private
1.0
4.2
Public
1.0
4.3
Original
Australia
1.3
4.2
Sector
Private
1.2
4.2
Public
1.6
4.4

(a) See Explanatory Notes paragraphs 37-45

2005-06
2006-07
% change
% change

Labour price index excluding bonuses
Australia
4.0
3.8
Sector
Private
4.0
3.6
Public
4.4
4.1

WPI-Quarterly changes,
Total hourly rates of pay excluding bonuses
Graph: WPI–Quarterly changes, Total hourly rates of pay excluding bonuses

WPI-Annual change: original,
Total hourly rates of pay excluding bonuses - For selected industries
Graph: WPI–Annual change: original, Total hourly rates of pay excluding bonuses—For selected industries



SEPTEMBER KEY POINTS


TOTAL HOURLY RATES OF PAY EXCLUDING BONUSES

QUARTERLY CHANGE (JUN QTR 2007 TO SEP QTR 2007)

  • The index for all employee jobs in Australia increased by 1.0%, seasonally adjusted.


ANNUAL CHANGE (SEP QTR 2006 TO SEP QTR 2007)
  • The increase in the seasonally adjusted index through the year to September 2007 for all employee jobs in Australia was 4.2%.


LABOUR PRICE INDEX EXCLUDING BONUSES

CHANGE FROM 2005-06 TO 2006-07
  • The change to 2006-07 was 3.8%, with the private sector increasing by 3.6% and the public sector by 4.1%.


NOTES

FORTHCOMING ISSUES

ISSUE (QUARTER) Release Date
December 2007 20 February 2008
March 2008 14 May 2008
June 2008 13 August 2008



CHANGES IN FUTURE ISSUES

The ABS is planning to discontinue the wage price indexes for occupation groups after the release of the September quarter 2008 figures. This data appears in Tables 7 and 8 of this publication and in electronic Tables 7a and 7b on the ABS website. Users of this data who are interested in discussing what other wage price index data are available, can contact David Taylor on (08) 9360 5151.



ABS DATA AVAILABLE ON REQUEST

Original indexes are compiled for various combinations of state/territory, sector, broad industry group and broad occupation group. Seasonally adjusted and trend indexes are compiled only for total hourly rates of pay excluding bonuses for each of the private sector, public sector and all sectors. Indexes not included in this publication may be made available on request by telephoning David Taylor on Perth (08) 9360 5151.



FURTHER INFORMATION

More detailed information on the Labour Price Index (LPI) is available in Labour Price Index: Concepts, Sources and Methods, Australia (cat. no. 6351.0.55.001).



INQUIRIES

For further information about these and related statistics, contact the National Information and Referral Service on 1300 135 070 or David Taylor on Perth (08) 9360 5151.


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