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1367.5 - Western Australian Statistical Indicators, 2010  
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WAGE PRICE INDEX

SEPTEMBER KEY FIGURES, Western Australia

Sep qtr 2010
Jun qtr 2010 to Sep qtr 2010
Sep qtr 2009 to Sep qtr 2010
Original
index no. (a)
% change
% change

Western Australia
106.0
1.2
3.8
Sector:
Private
105.6
1.2
3.7
Public
107.4
1.0
4.3

(a) Base of each index 2008-09 = 100.0.
Source: Labour Price Index, Australia (cat. no. 6345.0).

  • In the September quarter 2010, the Wage Price Index (WPI) for WA increased by 1.2%, which was below the national increase (1.4%). Of the states and territories, the ACT had the highest quarterly increase (1.8%), while Tasmania had the lowest (1.0%).
  • Through the year to September quarter 2010, the Public sector index rose by 4.3%, compared with 6.2% through the year to September quarter 2009. The Private sector through the year movement of 3.7% was slightly higher than the previous year to September quarter 2009 (3.4%).
  • The narrowing of the gap between the Public and Private sector can be attributed, in part, to the recovery of the economy, and the impact of the introduction of Fair Work Australia. The Public sector has a higher proportion of jobs covered by Certified Agreements which tend to cover longer time frames and were therefore less impacted by the global financial crisis than the relatively informal agreements used widely in the private sector.


Wage Price Index, Annual Change: Original

Graph: Wage Price Index, Annual Change: Original


  • Through the year to September quarter 2010, the WPI increased 3.8% for Western Australia and 3.6% nationally.
  • From 2006 to 2009, through the year increases in the WPI were higher for Western Australia than for Australia. This gap narrowed from the March quarter 2009, with Western Australia falling just below Australia for the first time in almost six years in the March quarter 2010. Since the June quarter 2010, the through the year increase for Western Australia has returned to being above that for Australia.


TOTAL HOURLY RATES OF PAY EXCLUDING BONUSES(a)

Sep qtr 2010Jun qtr 2010Mar qtr 2010Dec qtr 2009
Sep qtr 2009
Jun qtr 2010 to Sep qtr 2010
Sep qtr 2009 to Sep qtr 2010
Selected Industries
index no.
index no.
index no.
index no.
index no.
% Change
% Change

Mining
105.4
104.7
103.6
102.1
101.4
0.7
3.9
Manufacturing
105.0
103.8
103.1
102.1
101.7
1.2
3.2
Construction
104.9
104.2
103.0
102.4
102.0
0.7
2.8
Retail trade
106.4
104.0
103.7
103.2
102.6
2.3
3.7
Accommodation and food services
105.6
103.8
102.4
101.9
101.3
1.7
4.2
Transport, postal and warehousing
106.0
104.1
103.7
103.5
102.2
1.8
3.7
Professional, scientific and technical Services
107.2
105.2
103.6
103.0
102.8
1.9
4.3
Administrative and support services
106.9
104.1
103.9
102.8
102.4
2.7
4.4
Public administration and safety
107.0
105.9
104.2
104.0
102.9
1.0
4.0
Education and training
108.0
107.5
106.7
104.8
101.8
0.5
6.1
Health care and social assistance
107.4
105.8
105.0
104.4
103.8
1.5
3.5

(a) Base of each index 2008-09 = 100.0.
Source: Labour Price Index special data service. For further information, telephone (08) 9360 5151. Charges will apply.
  • The industry classification used in the Wage Price Index was updated for the September quarter 2009 to provide a better reflection of the types of industries in today's economy. To find out more about these changes see: 6345.0.55.001 - Information Paper: Update on ANZSIC 2006 Implementation for Labour Price Index, 2009.
  • In the September quarter 2010, the highest All sectors quarterly movement was recorded for Administrative and support services (2.7%) and the lowest quarterly movement was Education and training (0.5%).
  • Increases through the year ranged from 2.8% for Construction to 6.1% for Education and training.

Wage Price Index, Selected Industries - Change from Sep qtr 2009 to Sep qtr 2010
Graph: Wage Price Index, Selected Industries - Change from Sep qtr 2009 to Sep qtr 2010

This link takes you to the Downloads page of Labour Price Index, Australia, Sep 2010 (cat no. 6345.0). Data for Western Australia can be found in Tables 2, 3, and 4.

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