6248.0.55.002 - Employment and Earnings, Public Sector, Australia, 2015-16 Quality Declaration 
ARCHIVED ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 15/12/2016   
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Employees June 2016
Cash wages and salaries 2015-16

Commonwealth Government
21 010.9
State Government
1 495.1
113 803.4
Local Government
12 016.2
Total Public Sector
1 924.8
146 830.5

  • In June 2016 there were 1,924,800 public sector employees. There were 243,300 employees in Commonwealth government, 1,495,100 in state government and 186,500 in local government.
  • In 2015-16, the total cash wages and salaries for the public sector was $146,830.5 million.

  • This collection covers public sector organisations, including Commonwealth and state/territory government organisations, local government authorities, public corporations, universities, non-profit institutions controlled by the government, government marketing boards, legislative courts, municipal authorities and other statutory authorities. Organisations are classified to Level of Government by determining the institutional unit (i.e. Commonwealth, state or local government) deemed to exercise control. The estimates in this release may differ from other available information due to differences in coverage and/or the classification of organisations. For further details, refer to paragraphs 29 - 34 of the Explanatory Notes.

  • Previously published estimates for 2014-15 have been revised as a result of new information received from organisations. The extent of revisions may differ between data items, states/territories, level of government and industries. These revisions are reflected in Tables 1, 2 and 3, and the associated time series spreadsheet.

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