6248.0.55.002 - Employment and Earnings, Public Sector, Australia, 2018-19 Quality Declaration 
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Employees June 2019
Cash wages and salaries 2018-19

Commonwealth Government
22 155.1
State Government
1 610.6
131 441.3
Local Government
13 297.4
Total Public Sector
2 046.7
166 893.8


  • In June 2019 there were 2,046,700 public sector employees. There were 242,100 employees in Commonwealth government, 1,610,600 in state government and 194,000 in local government.
  • In 2018-19, the total cash wages and salaries for the public sector was $166,893.8 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 33-38 of the Explanatory Notes.

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