6321.0.55.001 - Industrial Disputes, Australia, Mar 2020 Quality Declaration 
Latest ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 04/06/2020   
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MARCH KEY STATISTICS

  • The Industrial Disputes release provides statistics monitoring the level of industrial disputation in Australia.


QUARTERLY ESTIMATES;
  • 22 disputes occurred, 16 fewer than the previous quarter.
  • 4,000 employees were involved, a decrease from 8,800 in the previous quarter.
  • 3,900 working days were lost, a decrease from 12,400 in the previous quarter.
  • More than six in ten (64%) working days lost were in the Transport, postal and warehousing industry.
  • More than five in ten (51%) working days lost were in Victoria.


YEAR ENDED ESTIMATES;
  • 129 disputes occurred, 48 less than in the previous year.
  • 51,700 working days were lost, 52% less than the previous year.

Quarter
Year ended
December 2019
March 2020
March 2019
March 2020

Number of disputes
Commenced in period (no.)
34
16
171
119
Total (no.)
38
22
177
129
Employees involved
Newly involved ('000)
8.3
2.9
61.4
46.6
Total ('000)
8.8
4.0
61.7
48.3
Working days lost ('000)
12.4
3.9
107.4
51.7

Graph:  Working days lost, Australia



CHANGES IN FUTURE ISSUES - NEW ABS WEBSITE IN 2020

The ABS will be launching a new website in 2020. You will soon be able to see how this release and other labour statistics will appear on the new website by exploring our Beta site. Regular users of this information are encouraged to explore the Beta site and consider any implications for the way you access and consume ABS data and information. If you would like more information on the new ABS website, or want to discuss how the transition to the new site might impact you, please email newABSwebsite@abs.gov.au

As part of the move to a new ABS website, we've also been exploring new ways to deliver labour statistics, including developing prototypes for:


We welcome any feedback on these Key labour market indicator and Labour Force prototypes. Feedback can be provided via the 'Leave feedback' button at the end of the page, or by emailing us directly at labour.statistics@abs.gov.au.


INQUIRIES

For further information about these and related statistics, contact the National Information and Referral Service on 1300 135 070.