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6345.0 - Labour Price Index, Australia, Dec 2007 Quality Declaration 
Previous ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 20/02/2008   
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GLOSSARY

Annual and public holiday leave index


Measures changes in the price of annual and public holiday leave (see Explanatory Notes paragraph 16).


Bonuses


Payments made to a job occupant that are in addition to regular wages and salaries and which generally relate to the job occupant’s, or the organisation’s, performance. In the LPI, the term 'bonuses' refers to bonuses and commissions.


Elementary aggregates


The finest aggregations of jobs, in terms of state/territory, sector, industry group and occupation group, for which expenditure weights are available.


Employee job


A job for which the occupant receives remuneration in wages, salary, payment in kind, or piece rates.


Employer


Organisation with one or more employees.


Expenditure weights


A measure of the relative importance of each elementary aggregate, based on employers’ total expenditure on the LPI component being considered (e.g. wages and salaries, superannuation, etc.). Expenditure weights are used to combine elementary aggregate indexes into broader level indexes.


Index number


Measures the ratio of the price of labour between the commencement of the index series and a later period.


Industry


Classified according to the Australian and New Zealand Standard Industrial Classification (ANZSIC), 1993 (cat. no. 1292.0).


Labour price index


Measures changes in the price of labour. Includes wages and salaries, overtime, bonuses (only in the labour price including bonuses index), annual and public holiday leave, superannuation, payroll tax and workers' compensation (see Explanatory Notes paragraph 20).


Occupation


Classified according to the Australian Standard Classification of Occupations (ASCO), Second Edition (cat. no. 1220.0).


Ordinary time hourly rates of pay index


Measures quarterly change in ordinary time hourly rates of pay (see Explanatory Notes paragraphs 10 and 11).


Ordinary time hours


Award, standard or agreed hours of work paid for at the ordinary rate.


Overtime hours


The number of hours paid for in excess of ordinary time hours.


Payroll tax index


Measures changes in the price of payroll tax (see Explanatory Notes paragraph 18).


Reference base period


The period for which an index series is given the value of 100.0. The current reference base for the LPI is the 2003-04 financial year.


Reference date


The reference date for this survey is the last pay period ending on or before the third Friday of the middle month of the quarter, except for bonuses which are collected in respect to those paid during the three month period ending on the third Friday of the middle month of the quarter.


Sector


Public sector comprises local government authorities and all government departments and agencies created by, or reporting to, the Commonwealth, or state/territory parliaments. The private sector comprises all organisations not classified as public sector.


Seasonal adjustment


Process of removing systematic calendar related effects from the original series (see Explanatory Notes paragraphs 37-43).


Superannuation index


Measures changes in the price of superannuation (see Explanatory Notes paragraph 17).


Total hourly rates of pay index


Measures quarterly change in combined ordinary time and overtime hourly rates of pay (see Explanatory Notes paragraph 13).


Trend


A measure of the underlying direction of a series (see Explanatory Notes paragraphs 44-45).


Wage price index


Measures changes in the price of wages.


Weighting base


The period to which the expenditure weights relate.


Workers' compensation index


Measures changes in the price of workers' compensation (see Explanatory Notes paragraph 18).


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