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Labour Force, Australia, Detailed, Quarterly, May 2011
Housing Price Indexes: Eight Capital Cities, March 2011
Counts of Australian Businesses, including Entries and Exits, Jun 2007 to Jun 2009
Wage and Salary Earner Statistics for Small Areas, Time Series, 2003-04 to 2007-08
Estimates of Personal Income for Small Areas, Time Series, 2003-04 to 2007-08



LABOUR FORCE, AUSTRALIA, DETAILED, QUARTERLY, MAY 2011

Released on 16 June 2011, Labour Force, Australia, Detailed, Quarterly, May 2011 (cat. no. 6291.0.55.003) provides a range of quarterly Excel spreadsheets and SuperTABLE datacubes. The spreadsheets contain broad level data covering all the major items of the Labour Force Survey in time series format, including seasonally adjusted and trend estimates. The datacubes contain more detailed and cross classified original data than the spreadsheets.

The following data will be available by Capital city-Balance of State/Territory:

    • Employed Persons by Sex, Industry, Hours Worked, August 1994 onwards
    • Employed Persons by Usual Hours Worked, Sex, Industry
    • Employed Persons by Hours Worked in Main Job, Sex, Industry

Estimates of employment by industry, occupation, sex, status in employment and hours worked are also available at State level for analysis.


HOUSE PRICE INDEXES: EIGHT CAPITAL CITIES, MARCH 2011

House Price Indexes: Eight Capital Cities, Mar 2011 (cat. no. 6416.0) was released on 2 May 2011 and provides estimates of changes in housing prices in each of the eight capital cities of Australia. The information is presented in the form of price indexes constructed separately for established houses and for project homes.

Key findings from this release include:
    • Preliminary estimates show that the price index for established houses for the weighted average of the eight capital cities decreased 0.2% in the year to March quarter 2011.
    • The price index for established houses for the weighted average of the eight capital cities decreased 1.7% in the March quarter 2011 (see table below).

Established house prices
Dec Qtr 10 to Mar Qtr 11
% change
Mar Qtr 10 to Mar Qtr 11
% change

Weighted average of eight capital cities
-1.7
-0.2
Sydney
-1.8
0.8
Melbourne
-2.5
1.1
Brisbane
-2.5
-3.6
Adelaide
-1.0
0.9
Perth
0.5
-3.2
Hobart
0.4
0.6
Darwin
-1.0
0.5
Canberra
-0.4
1.1


Data for each capital city can be found in the publication and Time Series Spreadsheets under the Downloads tab.

COUNTS OF AUSTRALIAN BUSINESSES, INCLUDING ENTRIES AND EXITS, JUN 2007 TO JUN 2009

Counts of Australian Businesses, including Entries and Exits, Jun 2007 to Jun 2009 (cat. no. 8165.0) was released on 21 October 2010 and presents business counts by industry, main state or territory, type of legal organisation, institutional sector, employment size ranges and annual turnover size ranges. Business survival rates are also reported. Data are sourced from the Australian Bureau of Statistics Business Register.

Some key findings in this release include:
    • There were 2,051,085 actively trading businesses in Australia as at June 2009.
    • The growth rate in the number of businesses declined slightly from 2007-08 (-0.1%) to 2008-09 (-1.0%)
    • At June 2009 Construction had the greatest number of businesses with 342,436 (16.7% of the total). Other large industries included Professional, scientific and technical services (11.3%); Rental, hiring and real estate services (10.6%) and Agriculture, forestry and fishing (9.9%).

Data on Businesses by Industry Division by Employment Size Ranges and Businesses by Industry Division by Annual Turnover Size Ranges can be accessed by Statistical Local Area and Statistical Division.



WAGE AND SALARY EARNER STATISTICS FOR SMALL AREAS, TIME SERIES, 2003-04 TO 2007-08

Wage and Salary Earner Statistics for Small Areas, Time Series, 2003-04 to 2007-08 (cat. no. 5673.0.55.003) was released on 6 October 2010 and provides a five-year time series of data on the characteristics of wage and salary earners such as age, sex, occupation and wage and salary income. Data are complied from the Australian Taxation Office's Individual Income Tax Return Database.

Some key findings in this release include:
    • On average, Australians earned $43,921 in Wages and salaries in 2007-08; up from $42,081 in the previous year.
    • Of all states and territories, the Australian Capital Territory recorded the highest average annual Wage and salary income in each year between 2003-04 and 2007-08, recording $51,387 in 2007-08.
    • The vast majority of Statistical Local Areas (SLAs) with the highest average annual growth rate of average Wage and salary income between 2003-04 and 2007-08 were located in Western Australia and Queensland.
    • High growth rates do not necessarily equate to high incomes. For example, whilst the SLA of Kojonup (in Western Australia's wheatbelt) experienced an 8% average annual increase in average Wage and salary income between 2003-04 and 2007-08, by the end of the period the average annual income in the area was just $31,434 (well below the national average of $43,921).
    • Some Statistical Local Areas with high average wage and salary incomes experienced low average annual growth rates, while other regions recorded both low incomes and low growth rates in average Wages and salaries.

Data are available by Local Government Areas, Statistical Local Areas as well as other larger geographies under the Downloads tab.

Wage and Salary Earner Statistics for Small Areas, Time Series, 2003-04 to 2008-09 (cat. no. 5673.0.55.003) is scheduled for release on 28 July 2011.

ESTIMATES OF PERSONAL INCOME FOR SMALL AREAS, TIME SERIES, 2003-04 TO 2007-08

Released on 14 September 2010, Estimates of Personal Income for Small Areas, Time Series, 2003-04 to 2007-08 (cat. no. 6524.0.55.002) presents estimates of personal income at a range of geographic levels. Data are provided on the number of individuals and the amount of income received from Wage and salary, Own unincorporated business, Investment, Superannuation and annuities, and Other income (excluding government pensions and allowances). An estimate of total income (excluding government pensions and allowances) is also provided.

Some key findings include:
    • Total income (excluding Government pensions and allowances) grew by an average of 8.7% per annum from 2003-04 to 2007-08. Of the three largest sources of income (Wages and salaries, Investments and Own unincorporated business), Investments had the largest average annual growth rate (14.0%).
    • Average Total Income (from all sources excluding Government pensions and allowances) was $44,402 in Australia in 2007-08; however, over two-thirds of SLAs in Australia recorded average total incomes lower than the national average.

Data are available by Local Government Areas, Statistical Local Areas as well as other larger geographies under the Downloads tab.

Estimates of Personal Income for Small Areas, Time Series, 2003-04 to 2008-09 (cat. no. 6524.0.55.002) is scheduled for release on 12 July 2011.

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