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Budget 2013/14 Northern Territory Economy



Budget 2013/14 Northern Territory Economy

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Tabled paper 295


Tabled papers for 12th Assembly 2012 - 2016; Tabled papers; ParliamentNT




Tabled by David Tollner


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Labour Market 55 Northern Territory Economy Public administration and safety is not directly comparable to trends in public sector employment, as many public sector employees may be considered by the ABS to be employed in other industries, such as healthcare and social assistance, and education and training. Conversely, some workers in the above categories may be private sector workers, such as those in private educational facilities. The Office of the Commissioner for Public Employment (OCPE) reports on the number of full-time equivalent staff employed by Territory Government agencies and the Power and Water Corporation. According to OCPE, there were 19 900 full-time equivalent employees in the Territory Government as at the June quarter 2012, an increase of 4.5percent compared with the previous year. The largest contributors to growth were in the Department of Health, particularly nurses, and the Department of Education, largely due to strong increases in the number of classroom and senior teachers. OCPE also reports that as at June 2012, there were 1800 Indigenous employees in the Territory Government, an increase of 8.8 per cent compared with the previous year. Scope of Labour Force Survey The key labour market statistics that are reported on a regular basis, such as changes in the level of employment and unemployment rates, are based on data published by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) in the monthly Labour Force Survey (LFS). When interpreting these statistics it is important to understand the scope of the LFS. The labour force, as measured by the ABS, includes people over 15 years of age who are either employed for at least one hour a week or are actively looking for employment. The LFS results are benchmarked against ABS estimates of civilian population to gain a total labour force figure. The LFS does not include full-time defence personnel or full-time diplomatic personnel due to international conventions on the treatment of these industries when measuring national labour forces. The LFS measures workers on the basis of which jurisdiction is considered to be a persons usual address. This means that estimates for resident employment are based on the number of people who are considered resident in the Territory and are employed, not the total number of jobs in the Territory. As such, a FIFO worker employed in the Territory but flying out of the Territory when not working would not be included in the Territorys LFS statistics. Short-term overseas visitors are also not included for the same reason. As the Territory has a large defence presence, as well as a significant FIFO workforce, especially during the construction phase of major projects in the mining industry, the LFS does not report the number of people who have jobs in the Territory. This will be increasingly important over the next few years during the construction phase of the Ichthys liquefied natural gas (LNG) plant at Blaydin Point, which is expected to employ a substantial number of FIFO workers.

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