6345.0 - Wage Price Index, Australia, Mar 2019 Quality Declaration 
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MARCH KEY FIGURES

Dec Qtr 2018 to Mar Qtr 2019
Mar Qtr 2018 to Mar Qtr 2019
% change
% change

Wage Price Index (WPI)
Total hourly rates of pay excluding bonuses
Trend(a)
Australia
0.6
2.3
Sector
Private
0.5
2.3
Public
0.6
2.4
Seasonally Adjusted(c)
Australia
0.5
(b)2.3
Sector
Private
0.5
2.4
Public
0.4
2.4
Original
Australia
(b)0.5
2.3
Sector
Private
0.4
2.3
Public
0.4
2.4

(a) See Explanatory Notes paragraphs 39-40, 42. (c) See Explanatory Notes paragraphs 32-38, 42.
(b) See Explanatory Notes paragraph 27.


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MARCH KEY POINTS


TOTAL HOURLY RATES OF PAY EXCLUDING BONUSES

QUARTERLY CHANGE (DEC QTR 2018 TO MAR QTR 2019)
  • The seasonally adjusted index for Australia rose 0.5% in the March quarter 2019 and the trend index rose 0.6%.
  • In seasonally adjusted terms, the Private sector wage price index rose 0.5% and the Public sector index rose 0.4%.
  • The highest index rise at an industry level (in original terms) was recorded in Transport, postal and warehousing and Education and training (0.7%). Seven industries recorded the same lowest quarterly rate of wage growth of 0.2%.


ANNUAL CHANGE (MAR QTR 2018 TO MAR QTR 2019)
  • The trend and seasonally adjusted indexes for Australia both rose 2.3% through the year to the March quarter 2019, for the third consecutive quarter.
  • In original terms, rises through the year to March quarter 2019 at the industry level ranged from 1.8% for Construction and Information media and telecommunication services to 3.0% for Health care and social assistance.


NOTES

FORTHCOMING ISSUES

ISSUE (QUARTER) Release Date
June 2019 14 August 2019
September 2019 13 November 2019
December 2019 19 February 2020
March 2020 13 May 2020


CESSATION OF A PDF PRODUCT

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DATA REFERENCES

Data referenced in the Key Points and Commentary are available from the tables shown in this publication or in the corresponding tables of this publication on the ABS website <https://www.abs.gov.au>.


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