6302.0 - Average Weekly Earnings, Australia, Nov 2016 Quality Declaration 
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The following table contains the key Average Weekly Earnings figures for the November 2016 reference period.

The Australian Bureau of Statistics' Average Weekly Earnings survey is designed to measure the level of average earnings in Australia at a point in time. Movements in average weekly earnings can be affected by changes in both the level of earnings per employee and in the composition of the labour force. Factors which can contribute to compositional change include variations in the proportion of full-time, part-time, casual and junior employees; variations in the occupational distribution within and across industries; and variations in the distribution of employment between industries.

Table 1: Average Weekly Earnings, Key Figures, Australia, November 2016

Nov 2016
Nov 2015 to Nov 2016
% change

Full-time adult average weekly ordinary time earnings
1 533.10
Full-time adult average weekly total earnings
1 592.40
All employees average weekly total earnings
1 164.60
Full-time adult average weekly ordinary time earnings
1 533.40
Full-time adult average weekly total earnings
1 595.50
All employees average weekly total earnings
1 163.50

(a) For further information regarding Trend estimates, please refer to paragraphs 62 to 68 of Explanatory Notes.


In the twelve months to November 2016, Full-Time Adult Average Weekly Ordinary Time Earnings increased by 2.2% to $1,533.10.

The Full-Time Adult Average Weekly Total Earnings in November 2016 was $1,592.40, a rise of 2.2% from the same time last year.

To access the time series spreadsheets related to the measures presented above, please refer to the to the downloads tab at the top of the page.


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In 2012, as part of the transition from a quarterly to a biannual frequency, the ABS conducted an assessment of seasonality in the biannual AWE series. At the time, it was determined that moving to a biannual frequency eliminated seasonality for most AWE series. For these series the seasonally adjusted estimate was exactly equal to the original estimate.

The latest annual review of seasonal adjustment parameters was undertaken for the November 2016 release and found seasonal behaviour in some existing series which had no seasonal adjustment, while there were other series for which the existing assumed seasonal behaviour has now been assessed to be insufficient to warrant seasonal adjustment. These changes to the seasonal adjustment settings have been applied to the entire published series and the relevant series are annotated in the time series spreadsheets available from the Downloads tab of this issue. See paragraphs 58 - 61 of the Explanatory Notes.



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