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6248.0.55.001 - Wage and Salary Earners, Public Sector, Australia, Dec 2003  
Previous ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 25/03/2004   
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DECEMBER QUARTER 2003 KEY POINTS


Trend estimates

  • From November 2002 to November 2003 the number of public sector employees increased by 28,200 (1.9%) to 1,530,200.
  • In the same period the number of employees increased in state government by 2.2%, in local government by 1.5% and in Commonwealth government by 0.5%.

Public sector employees
Graph: Public sector employees




DECEMBER QUARTER 2003 KEY FIGURES

Nov 2003
Aug 2003
to Nov 2003
Nov 2002
to Nov 2003
'000
% change
% change

PUBLIC SECTOR EMPLOYEES
Trend estimates
Commonwealth Government
242.4
-0.1
0.5
State Government
1,131.0
0.6
2.2
Local Government
156.8
0.0
1.5
Total Public Sector
1,530.2
0.4
1.9
Seasonally Adjusted estimates
Commonwealth Government
242.0
-0.2
0.5
State Government
1,128.3
0.2
1.5
Local Government
156.2
0.0
0.5
Total Public Sector
1,526.5
0.1
1.2

Dec Qtr 2003
Sep Qtr 2003
to Dec Qtr 2003
Dec Qtr 2002
to Dec Qtr 2003
$m
% change
% change

PUBLIC SECTOR GROSS EARNINGS
Original estimates
Commonwealth Government
3,669.6
-0.1
21.0
State Government
13,864.8
2.1
6.5
Local Government
1,547.7
3.1
5.1
Total Public Sector
19,082.2
1.7
8.9


TABLES

1. PUBLIC SECTOR EMPLOYEES, Level of government - States & territories

August 2003
November 2003
C'wealth
State
Local
Total
C'wealth
State
Local
Total
'000
'000
'000
'000
'000
'000
'000
'000

Trend

New South Wales
60.5
363.9
50.4
474.8
60.2
363.8
50.7
474.7
Victoria
53.0
246.8
35.6
335.4
52.7
247.1
36.1
335.9
Queensland
32.3
232.2
38.0
302.5
32.3
234.9
37.4
304.6
South Australia
14.7
91.3
9.6
115.6
14.8
92.1
9.7
116.6
Western Australia
15.8
120.9
15.8
152.5
16.1
123.0
15.5
154.6
Tasmania
5.7
32.9
na
42.7
5.7
33.0
na
42.7
Northern Territory
3.3
18.2
na
24.7
3.2
18.4
na
24.8
Australian Capital Territory
57.3
18.2
na
75.5
57.4
18.7
na
76.1
Australia
242.6
1,124.4
156.8
1,523.8
242.4
1,131.0
156.8
1,530.2

Seasonally Adjusted

New South Wales
61.0
364.2
50.3
475.5
59.8
362.6
50.6
473.0
Victoria
52.4
247.1
35.5
335.0
52.9
247.1
36.4
336.4
Queensland
32.4
233.2
38.0
303.6
32.0
233.3
36.8
302.1
South Australia
14.5
91.1
9.7
115.3
14.9
92.1
9.5
116.5
Western Australia
16.0
121.4
15.5
152.9
16.0
123.1
15.5
154.6
Tasmania
5.8
33.1
na
42.9
5.6
32.9
na
42.6
Northern Territory
3.3
18.1
na
24.6
3.2
18.5
na
24.9
Australian Capital Territory
57.1
18.3
na
75.4
57.6
18.7
na
76.3
Australia
242.5
1,126.5
156.2
1,525.2
242.0
1,128.3
156.2
1,526.5

Original

New South Wales
60.4
367.3
49.9
477.5
59.8
368.5
50.9
479.2
Victoria
52.7
248.2
35.3
336.2
53.7
250.1
36.4
340.2
Queensland
32.3
234.7
38.3
305.2
32.1
234.5
36.9
303.6
South Australia
14.7
91.8
9.6
116.2
14.9
93.2
9.6
117.7
Western Australia
15.9
122.8
15.2
154.0
16.0
125.1
15.6
156.6
Tasmania
5.7
33.5
4.0
43.3
5.7
33.5
4.1
43.4
Northern Territory
3.3
18.2
3.3
24.7
3.3
18.6
3.3
25.2
Australian Capital Territory
57.1
18.6
na
75.7
57.7
19.2
na
76.9
Australia
242.0
1,135.1
155.5
1,532.7
243.1
1,142.8
156.9
1,542.8

na not available
2. PUBLIC SECTOR GROSS EARNINGS, Level of government - States & territories: Original

September Quarter 2003
December Quarter 2003
C'wealth
State
Local
Total
C'wealth
State
Local
Total
$m
$m
$m
$m
$m
$m
$m
$m

New South Wales
890.8
4,946.0
531.0
6,367.9
876.9
4,714.6
548.6
6,140.0
Victoria
832.8
2,716.0
296.0
3,844.8
817.0
3,002.9
311.2
4,131.1
Queensland
463.9
2,573.0
377.7
3,414.5
466.7
2,863.8
391.6
3,722.1
South Australia
212.3
1,028.1
98.2
1,338.6
214.6
1,060.6
95.4
1,370.6
Western Australia
219.0
1,442.1
142.7
1,803.8
220.9
1,339.1
144.8
1,704.8
Tasmania
79.2
375.3
39.6
494.0
81.0
371.8
38.8
491.6
Northern Territory
45.7
255.4
16.5
317.6
45.8
261.7
17.4
324.9
Australian Capital Territory
929.6
247.5
na
1,177.2
946.7
250.4
na
1,197.1
Australia
3,673.2
13,583.5
1,501.8
18,758.4
3,669.6
13,864.8
1,547.7
19,082.2

na not available
3. PUBLIC SECTOR EMPLOYEES AND GROSS EARNINGS, Industry: Original

Employees
Gross earnings
August
2003
November
2003
September
Quarter 2003
December
Quarter 2003
'000
'000
$m
$m

Agriculture, forestry and fishing
3.2
3.1
37.1
43.0
Manufacturing
1.7
3.6
24.5
64.6
Electricity, gas and water supply
40.5
40.9
667.9
715.3
Construction
16.1
11.0
230.1
145.9
Transport and storage
38.6
38.7
583.6
602.2
Communication services
74.1
72.8
1,195.7
1,123.3
Finance and insurance
10.2
10.3
162.6
164.7
Property and business services
28.0
28.0
430.2
427.8
Government administration and defence
394.3
396.0
4,848.2
4,975.4
Education
464.4
473.0
5,026.4
5,212.4
Health and community services
331.0
334.3
3,907.3
3,870.2
Cultural and recreational services
27.3
27.8
318.8
329.0
Personal and other services
101.9
102.0
1,314.5
1,397.2
All industries(a)
1,532.7
1,542.8
18,758.4
19,082.2

(a) Includes Mining, Wholesale trade, Retail trade and Accommodation, cafes and restaurants.


NOTES


Introduction

This publication presents statistics of the number of wage and salary earners (employees) and their gross earnings. These statistics are obtained from the quarterly Survey of Employment and Earnings - Public Sector (SEE).


Inquiries

For further information about these and related statistics, contact the National Information and Referral Service on 1300 135 070 or Greg Hilton on Perth (08) 9360 5141. As well as the statistics included in this publication, other data from the Survey of Employment and Earnings are available either as time series spreadsheets (see links below) or, on request, as customised reports. If you wish to discuss individual requests, please telephone Greg Hilton.


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