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Identifying and Definitional Attributes
QH 042679
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The average number of full-time equivalent staff units for staffing categories within an establishment.
Public health establishment staffing
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Full-time equivalent staff-average
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Guide for Use
A numeric value representing the arithmetic mean of full-time equivalent units.

Calculated by adding the full-time equivalents for each staffing category listed below:

C1.1 Salaried medical officers
C1.2 Registered nurses
C1.3 Enrolled nurses
C1.4 Student nurses
C1.5 Trainee/pupil nurses
C1.6 Other personal care staff
C1.7 Diagnostic and health professionals
C1.8 Administrative and clerical staff
C1.9 Domestic and other staff

The average is to be calculated from pay period figures. The length of the pay period is assumed to be a fortnight.

If under the relevant award of agreement a full-time nurse is paid for an 80 (ordinary time) hour fortnight, the full-time equivalent for a part-time nurse who works 64 hours is 0.8. If a full-time nurse under the same award is paid for a 100 hours for that fortnight (20 hours overtime), then the full-time equivalent is 100 divided by 80 = 1.25.

Data on full-time equivalent staffing numbers by category should be consistent with data on salaries and wages by staffing category. If the full-time equivalent for contract staff is not collected then salaries for those contract staff should be included in other recurrent expenditure data items.

Where staff provide services to more than one establishment, full-time equivalent staff members should be apportioned between all establishments to which services are provided on the basis of hours paid for in each (salary costs should be apportioned on the same basis).

Full-time equivalent staff units are the on-job hours paid for (including overtime) and hours of paid leave of any type for a staff member (or contract employee where applicable) divided by the number of ordinary-time hours normally paid for a full-time staff member when on the job (or contract employee where applicable) under the relevant award or agreement for the staff member (or contract employee occupation where applicable). Hours of unpaid leave are to be excluded.

Contract staff employed through an agency are included where the contract is for the supply of labour (e.g. nursing) rather than of products (e.g. photocopier maintenance). In the former case, the contract would normally specify the amount of labour supplied and could be reported as full-time equivalent units.
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Is part of the METeOR Full-time equivalent staffing data element cluster, Identifier 552430, Health standard 11/04/2014. The Full-time equivalent staffing data element cluster comprises two data elements that describe the number of full-time equivalent staff working within an establishment.
This metadata item was amended during 1996-97. Until then, both average and end of year counts of full-time equivalent staff were included, and the end of year counts used as surrogates for the average counts if the latter were unavailable. The average count is more useful for accurate analysis of staffing inputs for establishment outputs and for assessments and comparisons of labour costs.
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Related Metadata References
Relates to Establishment QH 041755 Version 1
Relates to Facility QH 041826 Version 1
Relates to Staffing categories QH 040762 Version 1
Implementation in Metadata Sets


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ViewMetadata Item TypeMetadata Set TypeNameAscendingIdentifier & VersionObligationEffective FromEffective To
Information AssetData CollectionFinancial and Residential Activity Collection (FRAC)QH 020005 Version 1Mandatory01-Jul-199730-Jun-2014
Data Quality Declaration
Source and Reference Attributes
Source Organisation
Australian Institute of Health and Welfare
Source Document
METeOR data element: Establishment-full-time equivalent staff (paid), average N[NNN{.N}],Identifier 270543, Health standard 01/03/2005 https://meteor.aihw.gov.au/content/index.phtml/itemId/270543/meteorItemView/long