Australian Government: Australian Institute of Health and Welfare METeOR Home Page

Establishment—full-time equivalent staff (paid), average N[NNN{.N}]

Identifying and definitional attributes

Metadata item type:Help on this termData Element
Short name:Help on this termFull-time equivalent staff—average
METeOR identifier:Help on this term270543
Registration status:Help on this termHealth, Retired 11/04/2014
Definition:Help on this termThe average number of full-time equivalent staff units paid for all staffing categories within an establishment.
Data Element Concept:Establishment—full-time equivalent staff (paid)

Value domain attributes

Representational attributes

Representation class:Help on this termAverage
Data type:Help on this termNumber
Format:Help on this termN[NNN{.N}]
Maximum character length:Help on this term5
Unit of measure:Help on this termFull-time equivalent (FTE) staff

Data element attributes

Collection and usage attributes

Guide for use:Help on this term

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.

Comments:Help on this termThis 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.

Source and reference attributes

Origin:Help on this termNational Health Data Committee

Relational attributes

Related metadata references:Help on this term

Supersedes Full-time equivalent staff, version 2, Derived DE, NHDD, NHIMG, Superseded 01/03/2005.pdf (17.9 KB)

Implementation in Data Set Specifications:Help on this term

Community mental health establishments NMDS 2004-05 Health, Superseded 08/12/2004

DSS specific attributes +

Full-time equivalent staffing data element cluster Health, Superseded 04/08/2016

My items Help on this term
Download Help on this term