6345.0 - Wage Price Index, Australia, Dec 2017 Quality Declaration 
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DECEMBER KEY FIGURES

Sep Qtr 2017 to Dec Qtr 2017
Dec Qtr 2016 to Dec Qtr 2017
% change
% change

Wage Price Index (WPI)
Total hourly rates of pay excluding bonuses
Trend(a)
Australia
0.6
2.1
Sector
Private
0.5
1.9
Public
0.6
2.4
Seasonally Adjusted(b)
Australia
0.6
2.1
Sector
Private
0.5
1.9
Public
0.6
2.4
Original
Australia
0.5
2.1
Sector
Private
0.4
1.9
Public
0.6
2.4

(a) See Explanatory Notes paragraphs 39-40, 42. (b) See Explanatory Notes paragraphs 32-38, 42.

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Graph Image for Annual change, Original, Total hourly rates of pay excluding bonuses - States and Territories



DECEMBER KEY POINTS


TOTAL HOURLY RATES OF PAY EXCLUDING BONUSES

QUARTERLY CHANGE (SEP QTR 2017 TO DEC QTR 2017)
  • The trend and seasonally adjusted indexes for Australia both rose 0.6% in the December quarter 2017. This continued the moderate rate of wage growth recorded by the series over the last two years.
  • The Private and Public sector rose 0.5% and 0.6% respectively, seasonally adjusted.
  • The rises in indexes at industry level (in original terms) ranged from 0.1% for Accommodation and food services to 1.0% for Information, media and telecommunications.


ANNUAL CHANGE (DEC QTR 2016 TO DEC QTR 2017)
  • The trend and seasonally adjusted indexes for Australia both rose 2.1% through the year to the December quarter 2017. This was marginally higher through the year growth than has been recorded for both series during 2017.
  • Rises in the original indexes through the year to the December quarter 2017 at the industry level ranged from 1.4% for Mining to 2.8% for Health care and social assistance.


NOTES

FORTHCOMING ISSUES

ISSUE (QUARTER) Release Date
March 2018 16 May 2018
June 2018 15 August 2018
September 2018 14 November 2018
December 2018 20 February 2019



CHANGES IN THIS ISSUE

In December quarter 2017 20% of WPI providers completed the survey using an online form. A detailed statistical impact assessment was conducted which found no effects to either data quality or survey response rates. The online form will be offered to all providers from March quarter 2018.


DATA REFERENCES

Data referenced in the Key Points and Commentary are available from the tables shown in this publication or in the corresponding tables of this publication on the ABS website <http://www.abs.gov.au>.


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