6248.0.55.002 - Employment and Earnings, Public Sector, Australia, 2017-18 Quality Declaration 
ARCHIVED ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 08/11/2018   
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Employees June 2018
Cash wages and salaries 2017-18

Commonwealth Government
21 358.9
State Government
1 558.7
124 640.8
Local Government
12 592.3
Total Public Sector
1 987.0
158 592.0


  • In June 2018 there were 1,987,000 public sector employees. There were 240,700 employees in Commonwealth government, 1,558,700 in state government and 187,600 in local government.
  • In 2017-18, the total cash wages and salaries for the public sector was $158,592.0 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.

  • Previously published estimates for 2016-17 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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