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Employment and Earnings, Public Sector, Australia

Contains estimates of public sector employees and cash wages and salaries by level of government by state, and by industry

Reference period
2018-19

Key statistics

  • There were 2,046,700 public sector employees comprising:
  • 242,100 employees in Commonwealth government;
  • 1,610,600 in state government; and
  • 194,000 in local government.
  • Total cash wages and salaries was $166,893.8 million.

Main features

Key figures

 Employees June 2019Cash wages and salaries 2018-19
'000$m
Commonwealth Government
242.1
22 155.1
State Government
1 610.6
131 441.3
Local Government
194.0
13 297.4
Total Public Sector
2 046.7
166 893.8

Coverage

  • 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 Methodology.

Tables

1. Public sector employees, level of government - states and territories

  June 2018 June 2019
 C'wealthStateLocalTotalC'wealthStateLocalTotal
 '000'000'000'000'000'000'000'000
New South Wales
54.0
473.5
53.9
581.4
53.4
485.5
57.2
596.1
Victoria
47.2
369.9
50.5
467.7
48.8
386.7
52.5
488.0
Queensland
29.0
331.0
42.7
402.7
28.1
341.2
43.1
412.5
South Australia
14.7
116.1
11.1
141.9
14.0
122.2
10.9
147.1
Western Australia
12.7
173.6
22.4
208.7
12.8
177.6
23.2
213.5
Tasmania
5.2
np
np
51.2
5.1
np
np
53.3
Northern Territory
4.2
27.6
2.9
34.8
4.1
28.4
2.9
35.4
Australian Capital Territory
73.7
np
np
98.5
75.7
np
np
100.6
Australia
240.7
1 558.7
187.6
1 987.0
242.1
1 610.6
194.0
2 046.7
np not available for publication but included in totals where applicable, unless otherwise indicated
 

2. Public sector cash wages and salaries, level of government - states and territories

  2017-18 2018-19
 C'wealthStateLocalTotalC'wealthStateLocalTotal
 $m$m$m$m$m$m$m$m
New South Wales
4 600.8
36 768.1
3 729.2
45 098.1
4 740.4
38 824.4
4 035.4
47 600.2
Victoria
4 139.7
28 763.2
3 118.0
36 020.9
4 494.7
30 791.4
3 260.7
38 546.9
Queensland
2 289.6
27 039.4
3 142.7
32 471.7
2 306.3
28 531.6
3 296.8
34 134.7
South Australia
1 289.4
9 253.4
789.3
11 332.1
1 250.3
9 860.2
803.5
11 914.0
Western Australia
984.1
14 822.1
1 395.2
17 201.5
1 032.9
15 049.1
1 469.3
17 551.3
Tasmania
416.7
np
np
3 843.3
431.9
np
np
4 083.5
Northern Territory
328.3
2 628.6
164.7
3 121.6
326.1
2 750.8
171.9
3 248.8
Australian Capital Territory
7 310.3
np
np
9 502.8
7 572.5
np
np
9 814.6
Australia
21 358.9
124 640.8
12 592.3
158 592.0
22 155.1
131 441.3
13 297.4
166 893.8
np not available for publication but included in totals where applicable, unless otherwise indicated
 

3. Public sector employees and cash wages and salaries, industry

 EmployeesCash wages and salaries
 June 2018June 20192017-182018-19
 '000'000$m$m
Electricity, gas, water and waste services
48.2
48.9
5 255.3
5 475.7
Construction
8.6
8.6
859.8
879.7
Transport, postal and warehousing
82.6
82.5
7 269.4
7 426.0
Information media and telecommunications
17.2
16.9
1 709.0
1 729.2
Financial and insurance services
12.5
13.1
1 438.0
1 530.5
Rental, hiring and real estate services
4.9
5.2
432.4
440.3
Professional, scientific and technical services
27.1
26.5
2 526.6
2 538.1
Public administration and safety
615.0
636.8
51 609.8
54 843.2
Education and training
627.6
648.8
43 296.3
45 449.2
Health care and social assistance
509.5
526.9
41 859.9
44 389.8
Arts and recreation services
18.5
19.0
1 074.4
1 131.4
Other industries(a)
15.2
13.6
1 261.2
1 060.6
All industries
1 987.0
2 046.7
158 592.0
166 893.8
  a. Includes Agriculture, forestry and fishing, Mining, Manufacturing, Wholesale trade, Retail trade, Accommodation and food services, Administrative and support services and Other services.
 

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Previous catalogue number

This release previously used catalogue number 6248.0.55.002.