6248.0.55.002 - Employment and Earnings, Public Sector, Australia, 2016-17 Quality Declaration 
ARCHIVED ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 09/11/2017   
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Employees June 2017
Cash wages and salaries 2016-17

Commonwealth Government
21 073.4
State Government
1 527.6
119 000.6
Local Government
12 486.3
Total Public Sector
1 956.8
152 560.3

  • In June 2017 there were 1,956,800 public sector employees. There were 239,800 employees in Commonwealth government, 1,527,600 in state government and 189,500 in local government.
  • In 2016-17, the total cash wages and salaries for the public sector was $152,560.3 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 30-35 of the Explanatory Notes.

  • Previously published estimates for 2015-16 have been revised as a result of new information received from organisations. The extent of revisions may differ between data items, states/territories, level of government and industries. These revisions are reflected in Tables 1, 2 and 3, and the associated time series spreadsheet.

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