Establishment—full-time equivalent staff (paid) (diagnostic and health professionals), average NNNN.NN

Identifying and definitional attributes

Metadata item type:Data Element
Short name:Full-time equivalent staff—diagnostic and health professionals
METeOR identifier:722511
Registration status:Health, Standard 16/01/2020

The average number of full-time equivalent staff units paid for all diagnostic and health professionals within an establishment.

Data element concept attributes

Identifying and definitional attributes

Data element concept:Establishment—full-time equivalent staff (paid) (diagnostic and health professionals)
METeOR identifier:269876
Registration status:Health, Standard 01/03/2005
ACT Health, Final 16/08/2018
Definition:The aggregate full-time equivalent staff units paid for all diagnostic and health professionals within an establishment.

Health expenditure:

To assist in analyses of the resource use and activity of health services. Inclusion of these data, classified by staffing category, allows analysis of costs per unit of labour and analysis of staffing inputs against hospital or service unit outputs.

Object class:Establishment
Property:Full-time equivalent staff

Collection and usage attributes

Guide for use:

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.

Value domain attributes

Identifying and definitional attributes

Value domain:Average full-time equivalent staff NNNN.NN
METeOR identifier:426709
Registration status:Health, Standard 07/12/2011
ACT Health, Final 16/08/2018
Definition:A numeric value representing the arithmetic mean of full-time equivalent units.

Representational attributes

Representation class:Average
Data type:Number
Maximum character length:6
Unit of measure:Full-time equivalent (FTE) staff
Unit of measure precision:2

Data element attributes

Collection and usage attributes

Guide for use:

Qualified staff (other than qualified medical and nursing staff) engaged in duties of a diagnostic, professional or technical nature (but also including diagnostic and health professionals whose duties are primarily or partly of an administrative nature). This metadata item includes all allied health professionals and laboratory technicians (but excludes civil engineers and computing staff). This metadata item includes full-time equivalent staff units of occupational therapists, social workers, psychologists, and other diagnostic and health professionals.

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 employee is paid for an 80 (ordinary time) hour fortnight, the full-time equivalent for a part-time employee who works 64 hours is 0.8. If a full-time employee 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).


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.

Source and reference attributes


National Health Data Committee

Relational attributes

Related metadata references:

Supersedes Establishment—full-time equivalent staff (paid) (diagnostic and health professionals), average N[NNN{.N}] Health, Superseded 16/01/2020, ACT Health, Final 16/08/2018

Implementation in Data Set Specifications:

Mental health establishments NMDS 2020–21 Health, Standard 16/01/2020

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