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RECENT SOCIAL STATISTICS


Health @ a glance, 2011
Perspectives on Culture, March 2011
Aspects of Disability and Health in Australia, 2007-2008
Reflecting a Nation: Stories from the 2011 Census
Crime Victimisation, Australia, 2009-10
Criminal Courts, Australia, 2009-10
Perspectives on Sport
Spectator Attendance at Sporting Events
Attendance at Selected Cultural Venues and Events, Australia
Australian Demographic Statistics
Participation in Sport and Physical Recreation, Australia



Health @ a glance, 2011

Health @ a glance, 2011 (cat. no. 4841.0) was released on 11 March 2011.

The Australian Bureau of Statistics collects a wide range of health information from the National Health Survey (NHS), the Survey of Disability, Ageing and Carers (SDAC), the Survey of Mental Health and Wellbeing (SMHWB), and the Patient Experience Survey (PEx).The Health @ a glance publication will showcase a collection of articles on various health-related topics. These will be added progressively. This first fact sheet contains information on smoking, and is available from the downloads tab in pdf form.



Perspectives on Culture, March 2011

Perspectives on Culture, March 2011 (cat. no. 4172.0.55.001) was released on 4 March 2011.

Culture and the arts can have a significant impact on Australian society, and are acknowledged as a means of bringing people together, supporting quality of life and enhancing community networks as well as generating economic outcomes through employment opportunities, business and government funding. The National Centre for Culture and Recreation Statistics (NCCRS), through our 'Perspectives on Culture' series, aims to provide informed commentary on a range of topics relating to this area.

Some data for Queensland:
  • Attendance rates at museums in Queensland increased from 22% in 2005-06 to 24% in 2009-10.
  • In Queensland in 2009-10, 603,500 people (17%) visited zoological gardens, 416,100 (12%) attended other wildlife parks and 621,900 (18%) visited aquariums of marine parks, a total of 1,134,000 persons (33%).


Aspects of Disability and Health in Australia, 2007-2008

Aspects of Disability and Health in Australia, 2007-2008 (cat. no. 4367.0) was released on 4 March 2010.

This publication is to analyse the health experiences of those in our population with a profound or severe disability in comparison to those with no reported disability. The analysis aims to inform discussion and debate around health policies which impact on people with profound/severe core activity limitation.

The data are drawn from the 2007-08 National Health Survey, conducted by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) from August 2007 to June 2008. Around 20,800 people from all states and territories and across all age groups were included. As the NHS is a household survey, residents of hospitals, nursing or convalescent homes or similar accommodation were outside the scope of the survey, therefore prevalence data for some conditions are likely to be affected. The survey did not go to very remote areas.

Topics covered include:
  • Age distribution
  • Index of disadvantage
  • Selected long-term health conditions
  • personal stressors and mental health
  • Medication
  • Selected health risk factors
  • Medical service use and
  • Health insurance cover.


Reflecting a Nation: Stories from the 2011 Census

Reflecting a Nation: Stories from the 2011 Census, February 2011 (cat. no. 2071.0) was released on 28 February 2011.

One hundred years of working on the Census focuses on the history of Census collectors and other workers, and offers an enjoyable read for anyone who likes the occasional look at history.

It is the first article in the online series Reflecting a Nation: Stories from the 2011 Census. Further articles will be released progressively and cover topics about the history of the Australian Census, contemporary society and the trends that affect the lives of Australian people. It begins with several historical articles released in 2011, focussing on 100 years of the Census from 1911 to 2011. Analytical articles based on 2011 census data will be released from June 2012.

Further articles will be advertised on the Census homepage and available at www.abs.gov.au/census

Crime Victimisation, Australia, 2009-10

Crime Victimisation, Australia, 2009-10 (cat. no. 4530.0) was released on 17 February 2011.

This publication presents results from the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) national Crime Victimisation Survey, conducted from July 2009 to June 2010 using the ABS Multipurpose Household Survey (MPHS). The survey collected data about victims for a selected range of personal and household offences, whether victims reported these incidents to police, characteristics of victims and characteristics of their most recent incident, and people's perceptions on social disorder in their local area. This is the second crime victimisation survey conducted by the ABS since it was redesigned in 2008-09. Time series data are included to compare results with the 2008-09 Crime Victimisation Survey.

Items include: summary data about victims for a selected range of personal and household offences including assault, threatened assault, sexual assault, personal robbery, household break-in, attempted break-in, motor vehicle theft, theft from a motor vehicle and malicious property damage. Also provides information about the characteristics of victims, the characteristics of their most recent incident and whether the incidents were reported to police. For the first time, people's perceptions about social disorder problems were also included in the survey.

Some data for Queensland:
  • In 2008-09, there were 120,400 victims of actual physical assault (excluding sexual assault) and 129,600 victims of threatened assault.
  • These victims suffered a total of 904,400 actual or threatened assaults, 307,700 (34%) incidents of physical assault and 596,700 (66%) incidents of threatened physical assault.


Criminal Courts, Australia, 2009-10

Criminal Courts, Australia, 2009-10 (cat. no. 4513.0) was released on 27 January 2011.

This publication provides nationally comparable data showing the number of defendants dealt with by the higher (Supreme and Intermediate), Magistrates and Children's criminal courts. Includes details on the characteristics of defendants (such as age and sex), and outcomes associated with adjudicated defendants (including sentence type) by the type of principal offence committed. Information is presented for each state and territory (including the aggregate total for Australia) and for each of the three court levels.

Some data for Queensland:
  • In 2009-10, in higher courts a total of 5,457 defendants were finalised. Of these 4,214 were found guilty and 3,237 received custodial orders.
  • In Magistrates Courts in 2009-10, 170,685 defendants were finalised and 156,768 were proven guilty with 133,171 pleading guilty. Custodial orders were given to 8,261 and non-custodial orders were given to 148,147.
  • In Children's Courts in 2009-10, 8,165 defendants were finalised and 7,153 were proven guilty, with 7,073 pleading guilty. Custodial orders were given to 388 defendants and non-custodial orders were given to 6,765.
  • Higher courts defendants were 84.2% males, 15.6% females and 0.1% organisations. Magistrates Courts defendants were 76.6% males, 22.6% females and 0.4% organisations. Children's Courts defendants were 76.1% males and 23.8% females.


Perspectives on Sport

Perspectives on Sport, Jan 2011 (cat. no. 4156.0.55.001) was released on 21 January 2011.

This publication is a series of short articles on topics of interest relating to sport and physical recreation using data sourced from a range of ABS surveys.

This is the fifth issue of Perspectives on Sport. Future releases will feature articles on topics that are current in the media and of interest to the community using survey data as it becomes available. In most cases the data presented will be current, however, it is recommended that users check for more recent releases through the ABS website by going to the Culture and Recreation Topics @ a Glance page.

Some data for Queensland:
  • In the week prior to interview, 66% of persons interviewed did not meet the current physical activity guidelines (30 minutes of moderate intensity exercise on most, preferably all, days).
  • Commonwealth games sports in which children participated were: swimming, 14.7% of males and 19.7% of females, athletics 2.3% males and 2.7 females, gymnastics, 2.5% males and 7.0% females, rugby league 11.8% males and netball 12.4% females.


Spectator Attendance at Sporting Events

Spectator Attendance at Sporting Events, 2009-10 (cat. no. 4174.0) was released on 21 December 2010.

This publication contains details on the number of people aged 15 years and over who attended sporting events as spectators (excluding junior and school sport). Details are presented on the characteristics of the spectators, the most popular sports attended, and frequency of attendance.

Some data for Queensland:
  • In 2005-06, rugby league was the most popular spectator sport - 494,600 persons attended rugby league matches, 411,800 attended horse racing meetings and 366,200 attended motor sports. Between 2005-06 and 2009-10, the attendance rate at rugby league increased from 16.0% to 17.2%. The attendance rate for horse racing decreased from 13.4% to 10.5% and that for motor sports decreased from 11.9% to 10.2%
  • In 2009-10, 598,000 persons attended rugby league matches, the most popular spectator sport for both sexes (353,100 males and 244,900 females). The next most popular sport for males was motor sports (229,400) followed by horse racing (180,500). For females this order was reversed with horse racing the next most popular sport (184,400) followed by motor sports (124,000).


Attendance at Selected Cultural Venues and Events, Australia

Attendance at Selected Cultural Venues and Events, Australia, 2009-10 (cat. no. 4114.0) was released on 21 December 2010.

This publication contains details on the frequency of visits and characteristics of people who attend a range of cultural venues and events including libraries, archives, museums, various categories of music and performing arts performances, cinemas, botanic gardens, zoological parks and aquariums.

Some data for Queensland:
  • The most popular cultural venue or event was attendance at cinemas, with an estimated 2,387,300 persons attending at least once in the 12 months before interview, 69% of the total population aged 15 years and over.
  • The attendance rate for cinemas was 65% for males and 72% for females.
  • Performing arts (music, dance, theatre, etc.) attracted 1,702,200 attendees (723,300 males and 996,900 females) during 2009-10. Within this group, popular music concerts had the highest attendance rates (25% for males and 30% for females).
  • Persons in a couple family with dependent children had the highest attendance rate at zoological parks (40%) whereas persons in lone parent families with dependent children had the highest attendance rate at cinemas (79%).
  • Income has a great effect on attendance at cultural venues as the cost of entry has less effect on those in the higher quintiles. The notable exception is libraries (generally free) where the attendance rate is higher in the lowest three quintiles (38%).


Australian Demographic Statistics

Australian Demographic Statistics, Jun 2010 (cat. no. 3101.0) was released on 21 December 2010.

This publication contains quarterly estimates of total population for states, territories and Australia. Includes: the most recent estimates of the population in five-year age groups; numbers (and some rates) of births, deaths and infant deaths; interstate and overseas movements; and quarterly and/or annual time series tables. Also includes: projected resident populations; projected population in households; projected number of households; and projected average household size for states, territories and Australia.

Some data for Queensland:
  • At June 2010 the preliminary estimated resident population was 4,516,400 persons, a growth rate of 2.0% from June 2009 and 20% of the Australian population
  • During 2009-10, an estimated 66,333 babies were born, giving a total fertility rate of 2.1 births per woman.
  • In 2009-10, natural increase (births less deaths) was 39,811, slightly less than net overseas migration (39,696).
  • At June 2010 there were an estimated 567,600 persons aged 65 years and over and an estimated 901,689 aged 0-14 years.
  • At 30 June 2009, the population for Brisbane Statistical Division was 2,004,300 persons, a 2.7% increase from June 2008.
  • Projected estimations of the Queensland population in 2051 vary from 101,545,100 (series A, high levels of fertility, overseas migration and interstate migration) to 8,311,100 (series B medium levels) and 7,012,300 (series C low levels).


Participation in Sport and Physical Recreation, Australia

Participation in Sport and Physical Recreation, Australia, 2009-10 (cat. no. 4177.0) was released on 21 December 2010.

This publication Contains details on the number and characteristics of people who participate in a range of sport and physical activities. Data are presented for total Australia as well as for each state and territory and cover persons aged 15 years and over who participated in sport and physical recreation activities as players, competitors or persons who physically undertook an activity. People who were involved in non-playing roles, such as coaches, umpires or club officials were excluded from the data.

Some data for Queensland:
  • In 2009-10, there were 1,067,900 males and 1,084,100 females who took an active part in sport and physical recreation. The highest participation rates occurred in the 15-24 years age group and rates generally declined with increasing age.
  • Household income has an effect on participation rates - the highest rates occur for the highest quintile and rates generally decline with lower quintiles of household income.
  • Of the 2,152.000 participants, 1,134,400 participated 105 or more times during the year, 309,600 participated 53-104 times, 318,900 participated 27-52 times and 389,200 participated 1-26 times.
  • The most popular sport or physical recreation activity was walking for exercise, with participation rates of 25.5% in 2005-06 and 22.6% in 2009-10. this was followed by aerobics/fitness/gym with participation rates of 13.5% in 2005-06 and 15.0% in 2009-10.

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