6345.0 - Wage Price Index, Australia, Jun 2018 Quality Declaration 
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COMMENTARY


WAGE PRICE INDEXES

Australia/Sector (seasonally adjusted)

In the June quarter 2018 the Private index rose 0.5%, and the Public and All sectors rose 0.6%.

The All sectors rise through the year to June quarter 2018 was 2.1%, the Private sector rose 2.0% and the Public sector rose 2.4%.


Australia/Sector (original)

In the June quarter 2018, Private, Public and All sectors each recorded a rise of 0.4%, which continues the moderate rate of wages growth.

Through the year, All sectors rose 2.1%, Private sector rose 2.0% and Public sector rose 2.3%, the same rates as were recorded for March quarter 2018.


State/Territory (original)

In the June quarter 2018, Northern Territory recorded the highest quarterly rise of 0.6%. South Australia recorded the lowest quarterly rise of 0.2%.

Rises through the year ranged from 1.5% for Western Australia and the Northern Territory, to 2.5% for Victoria and Tasmania.

In the Private sector, the quarterly rise of 0.6% for the Australian Capital Territory was the highest rise of all states and territories. The lowest quarterly rise of 0.2% was recorded by South Australia.

Rises through the year in the Private sector ranged from 1.4% for the Northern Territory to 2.5% for Tasmania.

In the Public sector, the Northern Territory recorded the highest quarterly rise of all the states and territories (1.2%). Western Australia recorded the lowest rise of 0.1%.

Through the year, Victoria continued to record the highest Public sector rise of 3.3%, and Western Australia recorded the lowest of 1.3%.


Industry (original)

Graph Image for Annual and Quarterly changes, Original, Total hourly rates of pay excluding bonuses - Industry


Wage growth in the Wholesale trade, Construction and Health care and social assistance industries were the main contributors to the June quarter 2018 index growth.

In the Private sector, Retail trade, Accommodation and food services, Arts and recreation services and Other services each recorded the lowest growth over the quarter (0.1%). Wholesale trade recorded the highest quarterly rise of 1.1%.

Rises through the year in the Private sector ranged from 1.3% for Mining to 2.8% for Education and training.

In the Public sector, Professional, scientific and technical services and Public administration and safety recorded the lowest quarterly wages growth of 0.2%. Electricity, gas, water and waste services recorded the highest quarterly rise of 0.8%.

Rises through the year in the Public sector ranged from 1.8% for Professional, scientific and technical services to 2.6% for Health care and social assistance.