WAGE PRICE INDEX
DECEMBER KEY FIGURES, Western Australia
Dec Qtr 2009
Sep 09 Qtr to Dec 09 qtr
Dec 08 qtr to Dec 09 qtr
|Western Australia |
|Source: Labour Price Index, Australia (cat. no. 6345.0). |
- In the December quarter 2009, the Wage Price Index (WPI) for Western Australia increased by 0.8% in original terms, similar to the national increase (0.7%). Of the states and territories, the Northern Territory (1.2%) had the highest quarterly increase while New South Wales had the lowest (0.4%).
- The quarterly increases for the public and private sectors were 1.7% and 0.6% respectively. In July 2009, the Australian Fair Pay Commission decision was to make no change to minimum wage rates. Therefore, the wage increases that might have been expected to affect the December quarter 2009 Wage Price Index did not occur.
- In the 12 months to December 2009, the public sector index rose by 4.7%, compared with 6.0% in the previous 12 months. Private sector wages growth slowed more quickly; in the year to December 2009, the index rose by 2.5% compared with 5.5% in the previous year.
- The difference between the public and private sector increase can be attributed, in part, to the higher proportion of public sector jobs covered by Certified Agreements. These tend to cover longer time frames than the informal agreements widely used in the private sector.
- Through the year to December 2009, the WPI for all sectors increased 3.0% for Western Australia and 2.9% nationally.
- During the last five years, the annual increase has remained higher in Western Australia than nationally although the gap started to narrow in the six months to December 2009.
Total Hourly Rates of Pay Excluding Bonuses by Selected Industries
|ANZSIC Division |
Dec qtr 09
Sep qtr 09
Sep qtr 09 to Dec qtr 09
Dec 08 to Dec 09
|Retail trade |
|Accommodation and food services |
|Transport, postal and warehousing |
|Professional, scientific and technical Services |
|Administrative and support services |
|Public administration and safety|
|Education and training |
|Health care and social assistance |
|Source: Labour Price Index (cat. no. 6345.0).|
- The industry classification used in the Wage Price Index was updated for the September quarter 2009 to better reflect the types of industries in today's economy. To find out more about these changes see:
- The industries with a significant proportion of public sector employees showed the greatest annual WPI growth. These included Education and training (4.8%), Health care and social assistance (4.7%) and Public administration and safety (3.7%). Retail trade also showed strong wages growth (3.7%).
- Accommodation and food services (1.7%) and Manufacturing (2.0%) had the lowest annual WPI increases.
This link takes you to the Downloads page of Labour Price Index, Australia, Dec 2009
(cat no. 6345.0).
Data for Western Australia can be found in Tables 2, 3, 4 and 8.