6310.0 - Employee Earnings, Benefits and Trade Union Membership, Australia, Aug 2006  
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18 April 2007


The Trade Union Membership datacube of Employee Earnings and Trade Union Membership, Australia (cat. no. 6310.0), originally released on 3 April 2007, was reissued due to inconsistencies between the datacube and the publication. The changes made to the reissued datacube are as follows:

  1. In Table 5 - Sector, 'Persons for whom sector of main job could not be determined' are now included in the 'Private' sector for 2006. These persons were already included in the 'Private' sector in other years. A note has also been added to the table to highlight their inclusion in this category.
  2. A note has been added to Table 3 to clarify that 'Other transport (subdivision)' is included in totals for 'Transport and storage (division)'.
  3. In Tables 3, 3a, 4 and 4a, '*'s denoting relative standard errors of 25% to 50% have been removed from some cells and '**'s denoting relative standard errors greater than 50% have been changed to '*'s for some cells.
  4. Some minor changes have been made to table names and data item names to improve overall consistency and presentation.

The revision to Table 5 is the only change in data. No other changes have been made to the data presented in the datacube.

No changes have been made to the publication.



This publication presents information about the weekly earnings and employment benefits received by employees, and their trade union membership. The statistics in this publication were compiled from the Employee Earnings, Benefits and Trade Union Membership Survey conducted throughout Australia in August 2006 as a supplement to the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) monthly Labour Force Survey (LFS).

Data from the survey relate to employed persons aged 15 years and over who worked in their main job for a public or private sector employer (and either received remuneration in wages or salary, received a retainer fee from their employer while working on a commission basis, or were paid in tips or piece-rates) or operated their own incorporated enterprise with or without employees.

The survey provides statistics on the distribution of weekly earnings of employees, their entitlement to paid leave (holiday, sick, long service and maternity/paternity), superannuation coverage and trade union membership. This information can be cross-classified by a range of personal characteristics such as age, sex and family type, and by characteristics of employment such as full-time or part-time status, industry and occupation.


From 2006, occupation data are classified according to the ANZSCO - Australian and New Zealand Standard Classification of Occupations, First Edition, 2006 (cat. no. 1220.0). This new classification replaces ASCO - Australian Standard Classification of Occupations, Second Edition, 1997 (cat. no. 1220.0). Data classified according to the ASCO, can be obtained on request.

Also from 2006, industry data are classified according to the Australian and New Zealand Standard Industrial Classification (ANZSIC), 2006 (cat. no. 1292.0). This new classification replaces the Australian and New Zealand Standard Industrial Classification (ANZSIC), 1993 (cat. no. 1292.0). Data classified according to the ANZSIC 1993, can be obtained on request.


In this issue, Table 10 presents 'Weekly earnings in main job' by 'Industry' for 'all employees' only.

'Industry' is not presented in Table 16 as time series data is not available for ANZSIC 2006.

Table 18 presents 'Industry' by 'Trade union membership' for persons only (rather than cross-classified by 'Sex') as the additional detail provided by ANZSIC 2006 at the Sub-Division level does not support the sex cross-classification. However, a version of Table 18 which includes a sex cross-classification will be made available via spreadsheets on the ABS web site <https://www.abs.gov.au>.


As estimates have been rounded, discrepancies may occur between sums of the component items and totals.


For further information about these and related statistics, contact the National Information and Referral Service on 1300 135 070 or Labour Market Section on Canberra (02) 6252 7206.