PRICE INDEXES AND CONTRACT PRICE INDEXATION
TAKE CARE in using seasonally adjusted and trend estimates. See Explanatory Notes paragraphs 37 to 45.
DECEMBER KEY FIGURES
Total hourly rates of pay excluding bonuses
WPI-Annual change: original,
Total hourly rates of pay excluding bonuses - For selected industries
DECEMBER KEY POINTS
TOTAL HOURLY RATES OF PAY EXCLUDING BONUSES
QUARTERLY CHANGE (SEP QTR 2006 TO DEC QTR 2006)
ANNUAL CHANGE (DEC QTR 2005 TO DEC QTR 2006)
- The index for all employee jobs in Australia increased by 1.1%, seasonally adjusted.
- The increases in indexes (in original terms) at the industry level ranged from 0.5% for Cultural and recreational services to 1.6% for Communication services.
- Increases in the indexes (in original terms) at the occupation level ranged from 0.5% for Tradespersons and related workers to 1.2% for Associate professionals.
- The increase in the seasonally adjusted index through the year to December 2006 for all employee jobs in Australia was 4.0%.
- Increases in the original indexes through the year to December 2006 at the industry level ranged from 2.0% for Accommodation, cafes and restaurants to 6.5% for Mining, compared with 4.0% for all industries.
|ISSUE (QUARTER) ||Release Date|
|March 2007 ||16 May 2007|
|June 2007 ||15 August 2007|
|September 2007 ||14 November 2007|
ABS DATA AVAILABLE ON REQUEST
Original indexes are compiled for various combinations of state/territory, sector, broad industry group and broad occupation group. Seasonally adjusted and trend indexes are compiled only for total hourly rates of pay excluding bonuses for each of the private sector, public sector and all sectors. Indexes not included in this publication may be made available on request by telephoning David Taylor on Perth (08) 9360 5151.
More detailed information on the Labour Price Index (LPI) is available in Labour Price Index: Concepts, Sources and Methods, Australia (cat. no. 6351.0.55.001).
For further information about these and related statistics, contact the National Information and Referral Service on 1300 135 070 or David Taylor on Perth (08) 9360 5151.
NATIONAL MINIMUM AWARD WAGE INCREASES
The Australian Fair Pay Commission (AFPC) has had responsibility for setting federal minimum award rates since early 2006. The AFPC's first ruling had a date of effect of 1 December 2006 which was after the quarterly survey reference date for the Labour Price Index(Footnote: The reference date for this survey is the last pay period ending on or before the third Friday of the middle month of the quarter, except for bonuses which are collected in respect to those paid during the three month period ending on the third Friday of the middle month of the quarter. For December quarter 2006, the reference date was 17 November 2006.). It is expected that pay changes associated with the AFPC ruling will start to flow through to the wage price index in the March quarter 2007.
The recent changes in industrial relations including the AFPC ruling have affected the seasonally adjusted and trend estimates for the WPI. The impact of these changes affected the size of the seasonal factor for the September quarter 2006. However, the impact has been negligible this quarter. Further impacts are expected on the seasonal factors in upcoming quarters. For further details see paragraphs 37-45 of the Explanatory Notes.
The through the year increase in the seasonally adjusted index for All sectors is 4.0%. The through the year increase for the Private sector (seasonally adjusted) is 3.8%, unchanged from the September quarter 2006 result. The Public sector shows an increase of 4.5% for the same period, compared with a 4.2% change for the year through to September quarter 2006.
In original terms, the industries with the highest rate of increase through the year to December quarter 2006 were Mining (6.5%), Electricity, gas and water (6.0%), and Construction (5.1%). The lowest rates of increase were reported in Accommodation, cafes and restaurants (2.0%) and Retail (2.4%).
In original terms, the states with the highest rate of increase through the year to December quarter 2006 were the All sector and Private sector for Western Australia (4.6% and 4.5% respectively) and the Public sector for Queensland (5.1%).