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 Trends in Federal Enterprise Bargaining

Trends in Federal Enterprise Bargaining is a quarterly report containing data about the number of enterprise agreements made in the federal workplace relations system, as well as data about the number of employees covered and the level of wage increases included in collective agreements.

The data in the report is obtained from the Department's Workplace Agreements Database (WAD) which contains information about every federal collective agreement made since the commencement of formal enterprise bargaining in federal workplace relations in 1991.

The most recent Trends report is the March quarter 2019 report which was published on 31 July 2019. Though Trends has no release schedule, each report is published approximately three months apart.

The immediately preceding Trends report can be found below:

Interpreting the data

To interpret data in these tables correctly it is important to read the technical notes included at the end of the Trends reports. Supplementary papers that provide detailed analysis of specific subjects are also useful to understand the data in the Trends reports.

Current supplementary papers include:

Summary: Enterprise agreements containing wage increases that cannot be quantified are excluded from the calculation of the official Average Annualised Wage Increase (AAWI) published in each Trends in Enterprise Bargaining report. This paper analyses a large sample of non-quantifiable agreements and concludes that the exclusion of this type of agreement from the official AAWI is unlikely to materially reduce its accuracy. The paper also provides details on the characteristics and trends for all non-quantifiable agreements.

Summary: As shown in recent Trends reports, there has been a decline in the number of private sector agreements. However, coverage in the public sector has not changed significantly. This paper focuses on the private sector and reports on the observed trend in greater detail including by agreement size, industry and union coverage.

Historical data

The following table contains all wage increase data for agreements made from 1991 onwards, disaggregated by industry (ANZSIC 2006).

Copies of previous trends reports in PDF format or other historical data are available, or contact the Workplace Agreements Database and Analysis Section at ebtrends@jobs.gov.au.

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To keep up to date with the latest news and upcoming publications, join the WAD email register. To register please contact ebtrends@jobs.gov.au.