4631.0 - Employment in Renewable Energy Activities, Australia, 2016-17 Quality Declaration 
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In producing the experimental estimates contained in this publication the ABS has used three broad approaches. These approaches are as follows:

1. Accessing publicly available information such as company annual reports, information provided on company websites, industry association reports and data drawn from the Renewable Energy Certificate (REC) Registry maintained by the Clean Energy Regulator.

2. Making use of the employment factor approach. This approach is a modelling technique that utilises information on installed capacities of renewable energy infrastructure, numbers of installations and employment factors. Employment factors indicate the number of annual direct Full Time Equivalent (FTE) jobs created per physical unit of choice, for example, numbers of annual FTE employees created per megawatt (MW) of installed capacity of wind power. It is an estimation technique that has been widely used internationally to estimate employment numbers associated with renewable energy activities.

3. Using employment numbers provided directly by the institutional unit.


Employment in Renewable Energy Activities, Australia (cat. no. 4631.0) presents estimates of annual direct full time equivalent (FTE) employment in renewable energy activities, by state and territory and by type of renewable energy. These estimates are the fourth set of official Australian estimates of FTE employment in renewable energy activities and will allow analysts to better understand employment patterns in Australia.


Estimates of annual direct full time equivalent (FTE) employment in renewable energy activities contained within Employment in Renewable Energy Activities, Australia are released within 10 months of the end of the reference period.


Data published in Employment in Renewable Energy Activities, Australia are considered analytically useful but are also considered experimental and data quality is expected to improve in subsequent editions of this publication.


This publication contains experimental ABS estimates of employment in renewable energy activity. The definitions of employees and employment used in this publication follow the System of National Accounts and are consistent with those used throughout ABS employment statistics.


The explanatory notes of this publication contain four sections, which cover:

    • Scope of renewable energy activities
    • Categories of renewable energy activities
    • Direct and indirect employment in renewable energy activities
    • Estimation methodology.


The data contained in this publication comprise the full detail of publishable data for Employment in Renewable Energy Activities, Australia and as such it is not possible to provide any further information beyond that presented in the publication. Tables contained in this publication are available in spreadsheet format in the downloads tab. For more detail on the publication please contact the National Information and Referral Service on 1300 135 070.