6345.0 - Wage Price Index, Australia, Jun 2017 Quality Declaration 
Previous ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 16/08/2017   
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COMMENTARY


WAGE PRICE INDEXES

Australia/Sector (seasonally adjusted)

In the June quarter 2017, the Private sector index rose 0.4% and the Public sector rose 0.6%. The All sectors quarterly rise was 0.5%.

Through the year, the Private sector rise to the June quarter 2017 was 1.8%, the same rate of growth as has been recorded for the last three quarters and the longest period of low growth so far in the series. The Public sector rose 2.4%, and All sectors rose 1.9%.


Australia/Sector (original)

In the June quarter 2017, wages rose 0.4% for All sectors. Private sector wages grew 0.4%, which continues the low rate of wages growth over the last two years. The Public sector quarterly rise was 0.4%.

The All sectors through the year rise was 1.9%. Through the year Private sector growth (1.9%) continues to track below Public sector growth (2.5%).


State/Territory (original)

In the June quarter 2017, the Australian Capital Territory recorded the largest quarterly rise of 0.6%. South Australia, Tasmania and the Northern Territory recorded the lowest quarterly rise of 0.2%.

Rises through the year ranged from 1.4% for Western Australia to 2.1% for South Australia and the Northern Territory.

In the Private sector, the quarterly rise of 0.4% for New South Wales, Victoria and the Australian Capital Territory was the equal highest rise of all states and territories. The lowest quarterly rise of 0.2% was recorded by Queensland, South Australia and Tasmania.

Rises through the year in the Private sector ranged from 1.0% for Western Australia to 2.2% for the Australian Capital Territory.

In the Public sector, the Australian Capital Territory recorded the highest quarterly rise of all the states and territories of 0.6%. The Northern Territory recorded the lowest of 0.1%.

Through the year, the Northern Territory recorded the highest Public sector rise of 3.0%, and the Australian Capital Territory recorded the lowest (1.6%).


Industry (original)

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


In the Private sector, Mining recorded the highest quarterly rise of 0.8%. Western Australia was the main driver of wage growth in the Mining industry in June quarter 2017, with some employees receiving their first wage increases in several years. Public administration and safety recorded the lowest growth over the quarter (0.0%). Rises through the year in the Private sector ranged from 1.1% for Mining to 2.3% for Health care and social assistance.

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

Rises through the year in the Public sector ranged from 1.6% for Professional, scientific and technical services to 2.8% for Health care and social assistance.