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1329.0 Australian Wine and Grape Industry, 2007. Released 29/01/2008

There were 1,397,350 tonnes of grapes crushed in Australia during 2006-07, a reduction of 504,210 tonnes (26.5%) on 2005-06. Beverage wine production also showed a large drop, falling 31.8% to 978,478 litres. Growth in export of Australian produced wine continued, reaching 787.2 million litres during 2006-07 and remained relatively buoyant at $2.9b. Domestic sales of Australian wine increased slightly, rising by 3.9% to 449.2 million litres. The combination of reduced wine production and increased sales caused the national inventory of beverage wine to fall 15% from last year's high (2.1 billion litres) to 1.8 billion litres. Victoria had 38,650 ha of planted vines in 2007, accounted for 16.5% of grapes crushed, and produced 14.9% (142.8 million litres) of the nation's total wine production in 2006-07.

2033.0.55.001 Census of Population and Housing: Socio-Economic Indexes for Areas (SEIFA), Australia - Data only , 2006. Released 26/03/2008

The Socioeconomic Indexes for Areas, together with an information paper (cat. no. 2039.0) and detailed technical paper (cat. no. 2039.0.55.001) are released. SEIFA is a suite of summary measures created from 2006 Census information. The indexes can be used to explore different aspects of socio-economic condition by geographic area. For each index, every geographic area in Australia is given a SEIFA score which shows how disadvantaged that area is compared with other areas in Australia. The four indexes in SEIFA 2006 are:

Index of Relative Socio-economic Disadvantage: focuses primarily on disadvantage, derived from variables like low income, low educational attainment, unemployment, and dwellings without motor vehicles.

Index of Relative Socio-economic Advantage and Disadvantage: a continuum of advantage (high values) to disadvantage (low values), derived from variables of both advantage and disadvantage.

Index of Economic Resources: focuses on financial aspects of advantage and disadvantage, using variables relating to residents' incomes, housing expenditure and assets.

Index of Education and Occupation: includes variables relating to educational attainment, employment and vocational skills.

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3303.0 Causes of Death, Australia, 2006. Released 14/03/2008

The proportion of deaths attributed to Ischaemic heart disease has declined from 23% in 1997 to 17% in 2006. Cardiovascular disease was responsible for the deaths of 45,670 Australians in 2006, and represented 34% of the 133,739 deaths registered in Australia during 2006 (down from 41% in 1997). Cancer was the underlying cause for 39,753 registered deaths in Australia, accounting for 30% of all registered deaths in 2006 compared with 27% in 1997. Lung cancer (7,348) was the most prevalent type of cancer death. Contains state level data.

3412.0 Migration, Australia 2006-07. Released 26/03/2008

Statistics on international migration into and out of Australia, interstate migration within Australia and information on overseas-born residents in Australia. During 2006–07, net overseas migration added 177,600 people to Australia's population. Some 59% of this increase (105,300 people) was people aged 15 to 34 years, while only 3% (6,100 people) were 50 or older. There were 351,900 people who moved interstate during 2006-07; with 45% (158,500 people) of these aged 15 to 34, while 15% (53,400) were 50 or older. Two feature articles include:

'Traveller Characteristics of Recent Net Overseas Migration', discusses 2006–07 net overseas migration in terms of age, sex, country of birth and state and territory distribution.

'Permanent Departures—Where are they going?', details nine years ending 2006–07 and permanent departures from Australia of both people born in Australia and former settlers. Where those departing intended to settle, and whether or not overseas-born departures intended to return to their country of birth are also discussed.
4221.0 Schools Australia, 2007. Released 29/02/2008

The Australian schools snapshot found that the number of full-time students attending Australian government schools grew by 1.7% (to 2,268,377) in 10 years, while the number of students attending non-government schools increased by 21.9% (to 1,148,146).

In 2007, Victoria had 2,292 schools: 1,593 government, 485 Catholic, and 214 independent. There were 453,511 Victorian primary school students, 68.7% of whom attended government schools. Another 380,342 attended secondary school, with 59.0% in government schools. The retention rate of Victorian students who went on to attend Year 12 increased from 76.3% in 1997 to 80.1% in 2007, with females (87.4%) outdoing males (73.3%) in 2007.

4229.0 Adult Learning, Australia, 2006-07. Released 21/12/2007. First Issue

During 2006-07 in Victoria, 35.5% of persons aged 25-64 years participated in formal or non-formal learning. This dropped to 20.9% of persons 55-64 years. Full-time (43.1%) and part-time (36.5%) employed Victorians had higher participation than those not in the labour force (14.4%). People in the highest personal income quintile (49.2%) were more likely to participate in formal/non-formal learning than the lowest quintile (22.2%).

4613.0 Australia's Environment: Issues and Trends, 2007. Released 10/12/2007

Provides a broad selection of environmental statistics, with a view to change over time. It covers major trends of relevance to the environment, including: population, human activities, atmosphere, water, and landscape. The special issue chosen for 2007 was water.

Water. The combined storage capacity of all large dams in Australia increased from 9,540 gigalitres (GL) in 1950 to 83,853 GL in 2005. Australia has the highest per capita water storage capacity in the world, at more than 4 million litres per person. About 80% of total water consumed in Australia is surface water and 20% groundwater. In 2007, 19% of all Australian households sourced water from a rainwater tank.

In 2004–05, agriculture accounted for nearly two-thirds (65%) of Australia’s total water consumption, followed by households (11%). The manufacturing industry consumed 3% and mining 2%. Victoria had the highest number of permanent and temporary water trades (702 and 9,323 respectively). Victoria also had the largest volume of water temporarily traded in Australia (444.3 GL).

The Murray-Darling Basin dominates irrigation in Australia, accounting for more than 70% of irrigation water use in Australia. The Basin covers approximately one-seventh (14%) of Australia's total area, and receives only 6% of Australia's annual run-off. Total water storage of large dams in the Basin is more than 24,000 GL; and predominantly used for irrigated agriculture, but also covers hydro-electricity generation, households, manufacturing and mining.

4618.0 Water Use on Australian Farms, 2005-06. Released 13/03/2008

Final Agricultural census estimates on agricultural water use, pastures and crops irrigated, and sources of water used for agriculture at a national, state/territory and regional level; with the Murray-Darling Basin (MDB) treated as a distinct geographical region for the first time.

In 2005-06, Victoria had the largest number of agricultural businesses irrigating (11,621 or 25.9% of national total), followed by NSW (11,587 or 25.8%) and Queensland (9,861 or 22.0%). In Victoria, 37,146 agricultural businesses used a total of 2,641 gigalitres (GL) of water (22.6% of national total), with 2,448 GL for irrigation use by 11,621 businesses.

Some 648,000 hectares, or 5.2% of agricultural land in Victoria, was irrigated; representing 25.5% of irrigated agricultural land nationally. Pasture for grazing remained the major user of irrigation water in Victoria, using 1,579 GL, or 64.5% of the state total. Other major irrigation uses in Victoria included: grapevines, pasture for hay and silage, and fruit and nut trees. The Goulburn Statistical Division (SD) had the largest number of agricultural businesses ( 6,752) of Victoria's 11 SDs, with 3,709 of these businesses irrigating 281,000 ha using 1,144 GL of water in 2005-06.

Data covers sources of water for agricultural use nationally, by state and for the Murray-Darling Basin by state. ABS released other sub-state 2005-06 Agricultural Census datacubes on 28 March 2008. This data includes a summary of irrigation activity at Statistical Local Area (SLA) and River Basin level, data on major pastures and crops irrigated at Statistical Division and Natural Resource Management region level, and for the MDB by state.

4719.0 Overweight and Obesity in Adults, Australia, 2004-05. Released 25/01/2008. First Issue

Presents Australia level information about overweight adults from the 2004–05 National Health Survey (NHS), and compares results from 1989–90, 1995 and 2001 surveys. Overweight or obese adults increased from 4.6 million people (38%) in 1989–90 to 7.4 million (53%) in 2004–05. Being overweight is a modifiable risk factor for chronic diseases such as diabetes, cardiovascular disease, osteoarthritis and some cancers.

In 2004–05, 62% of adult males were overweight or obese, compared with 45% of women. Workers aged 18–64 years classified as overweight or obese ranged from 36% in hospitality to 76% in the mining industry. This partly reflects differences in employee age and sex across industries. Occupation ranged from clerical, sales and services workers (46% overweight or obese) to production and transport workers (63%). Men working less than 25 hours (48%) fared better than those working 49 hours or more (70%).

6238.0 Retirement and Retirement Intentions, Australia, Jul 2006 to Jun 2007. Released 22/01/2008

Presents mainly Australia level information about retirement status and intentions of people aged 45 years and over. Provides information on retirement trends, factors which influence decisions to retire, and income arrangements that retirees and potential retirees have made to provide for their retirement. Covers characteristics such as age, sex, marital status, country of birth, and labour force status. For persons aged 45-49 years just 6% were retired, compared with 23% of 55-59 year olds, 75% of 65-69 year olds and 95% of those aged 70 years and over. Average age at retirement from the labour force for people aged 45 years and over in 2006–07 was 58 years for men and 48 years for women. Contains some state level data.

6265.0 Underemployed Workers, Australia, Sep 2007. Released 25/02/2008

In September 2007, Australia had 518,300 underemployed workers, of whom 472,200 (91.1%) usually worked part-time but would prefer more hours and are available to start work. Under-employed part-time workers worked less than they wanted (insufficient work) for a mean duration of 56.1 weeks and median 26.0 weeks, increasing with age. Victoria had 141,600 under-employed workers: 56,800 male and 84,800 female. Contains one state level table, and annual time series from 2001.

6273.0 Employment in Culture, Australia, 2006. Released 27/02/2008

Presents summary data on selected cultural occupations and industries from the 2006 Census of Population and Housing. Presents the number and selected characteristics (eg. age, income and hours worked) of persons employed in cultural occupations and industries for their main job. While around 346,000 people worked in the Australian cultural industry as their main job, 55% worked in a non-cultural occupation (e.g. a cleaner employed in a museum). More men (55%) than women (45%) were employed in cultural occupations as their main job in the week prior to 2006 Census.

In Victoria during 2006, 92,861 people worked in the culture industry: 6,056 in heritage (eg. Libraries, museums, zoos, etc), 78,517 in arts (eg. publishing, performing arts, etc) and 8,285 in other culture (eg. religion, funeral services, etc). Some 77,191 Victorians had a cultural occupation. Cultural occupations in Victoria included: design workers (17,670 persons; eg. advertising, fashion, multimedia), printing (9,934), heritage (8,844; eg. museum, gallery, library), architects and urban planners (8,629), writers and print media workers (6,049; eg. author, journalist, editor), other cultural occupations (6,232; eg. minister of religion, interpreter), and arts support workers (5,382; eg music or dance teacher). Some interesting smaller occupation groups in Victoria included: performing artists and music composers (3,768 persons), performing arts support workers (3,743), visual arts and crafts professionals (3,625), and broadcasting, film and recorded media equipment operators (2,175).

7121.0 Principal Agricultural Commodities, Australia, 2005-06. Released 04/03/2008

The 2005–06 Agricultural Census found an estimated 154,472 agricultural businesses in Australia at 30 June 2006. The beef cattle farming industry was the largest sector (around 28% of all agricultural businesses), followed by mixed farming (grain-sheep/beef cattle, around 10%), and sheep farming (8%). There were an estimated 16,504 non-agricultural businesses who undertook some form of agricultural activity. The median estimated value of agricultural operations (EVAO) of all agricultural businesses was approximately $90,000. Around 21% (33,100) had an EVAO below $22,500, and around 11% (17,300) an EVAO above $499,999. The cotton, poultry for meat, pig, poultry for eggs, and apple/pear industries had around 80%, 62%, 37%, 36% and 20%, respectively, of businesses with an EVAO greater than $499,999.

The Murray Darling Basin (MDB) accounted for 54% of Australia's apple production, 87% of pear production and 95% of orange production. It also accounted for around 47% of Australia's cropping land with 46% of the wheat area, 52% of barley area and 100% of rice area. Despite representing 18% of Australia's total grazing land, the MDB account for 32% of Australia's dairy cattle, 45% of Australia's sheep and lambs, 35% of layer hens and 62% of pigs.

In Victoria, dominant agricultural activities included: beef cattle farming (specialised, 9,122 establishments), dairy cattle farming (5,948), sheep farming (3,731), grain-sheep or grain-beef cattle farming (2,800), other grain growing (2,785) and grape growing (2,030). In the year ended 30 June 2006, Victoria had 18,172 agricultural businesses concerned with managing 2,646,000 meat cattle, and 6,099 businesses managing 1,758,000 milk cattle. There were 12,049 businesses managing 17,908,000 sheep and lambs, and 450 businesses managing 668,000 pigs. There were 23,327,000 chickens for meat production, and 4,704,000 chickens for egg production.

7125.0 Agricultural Commodities: Small Area Data, Australia, 2005-06. Released 07/03/2008

Spreadsheets containing all data collected in the agricultural census (excluding water) for State, Statistical Division (SD) and Natural Resource Management (NRM) regions. Major data items for Statistical Local Area (SLA) level are also included.

7111.0 Principal Agricultural Commodities, Australia, Preliminary, 2006-07. Released 20/12/2007

First release Agricultural Survey data for year ending 30 June 2007, including area and production for principal agricultural commodities and livestock numbers at state level.

7501.0 Value of Principal Agricultural Commodities Produced, Australia, Preliminary, 2006-07. Released 12/02/2008

Contains first estimates of gross value for production of selected crops, livestock slaughterings and livestock products at state level.

8515.0 Digital Game Development Services, Australia, 2006-07. Released 08/04/2008
This collection, conducted in respect of the 2006-07 financial year, provides measures of the performance, structure and activity of digital game development businesses operating in Australia. It includes aspects such as the composition of income earned, details of expenses incurred and the characteristics of the workforce. A state/territory dimension is also presented.

At end June 2007, there were 45 businesses in Australia involved in the provision of digital game development services. These businesses employed over 1,400 people and generated a total income of $136.9m which represented an average of $3m per business. Income from the provision of game development services accounted for 85.4% ($116.9m) of total income. Income from the provision of game development services received from non-resident businesses accounted for 79.1% ($108.3m) of total income.

Businesses providing digital game development services were located predominantly in Queensland and Victoria. Victoria accounted for the largest proportion of businesses, 35.6% (16 businesses), 33.2% ($45.5m) of total income and 33% (472 people) of total employment.


INFORMATION PAPERS, RESEARCH PAPERS AND CLASSIFICATIONS

1209.0.55.002 Mesh Blocks Digital Boundaries, Australia, 2006. New Issue. Released 29/02/2008

ABS has developed Mesh Blocks as a new micro-level geographic unit for statistics. There are 314,369 spatial Mesh Blocks covering Australia, with most residential Mesh Blocks containing approximately 30 to 60 dwellings. Mesh Blocks were designed to be small enough to aggregate accurately to a wide range of spatial units and thus enable a ready comparison of statistics between geographical areas, and large enough to protect confidentiality. Experimental Mesh Block data from the 2006 Census of Population and Housing are now available, covering usual residence population and total dwellings. Release of data for aggregations of Mesh Blocks is under consideration by the Census Program, see www.abs.gov.au/census for details on data availability.

1232.0 Information Paper: Census of Population and Housing: Link Between Australian Standard Classification of Occupations (ASCO) Second Edition and Australian and New Zealand Standard Classification of Occupations (ANZSCO), 2006. Released 26/03/2008

1297.0 Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification (ANZSRC), 2008. Released 31/03/2008

A three classification compendium developed specifically for the compilation of standardised research and development statistics. It comprises classifications for type of activity, field of research and socio-economic objective.

1351.0.55.023 Research Paper: Measuring Human Capital Flows for Australia: A Lifetime Labour Income Approach, Feb 2008. Released 21/02/2008. First Issue

Presents an experimental accumulation account for Australian human capital, focusing on investment in post-school education and work experience. Using full Census data from 1981 to 2001, this study estimates changes in the number of persons in each sex/education/age cohort over Census years.

2039.0 Information Paper: An Introduction to Socio-Economic Indexes for Areas (SEIFA), 2006. Released 26/03/2008

Describes indexes for summarising the socio-economic profile of population by areas and illustrates possible uses. Indexes are derived from the 2006 Census to rank postcodes, Local Government Areas, and Statistical Local Areas; by summarising a wide range of socio-economic characteristics. Examples of variables used are income, education, occupation and housing conditions.

2039.0.55.001 Census of Population and Housing: Socio-Economic Indexes for Areas (SEIFA), Australia - Technical Paper, 2006. Released 26/03/2008

This paper gives users a good technical understanding of SEIFA 2006, and discusses socio-economic advantage and disadvantage. It discusses variables used in construction of SEIFA, methodology used to construct the indexes, and gives examples of how SEIFA can be used in analysis.

3107.0.55.006 Information Paper: Population Concepts, 2008. Released 12/03/2008

Population concepts discussed include: population present, usually resident population, legal population, economic population, working population, and service population. The difference between various concepts and associated measurement issues is highlighted.

3317.0.55.002 Information Paper: ABS Causes of Death Statistics: Concepts, Sources and Methods, 2006. Released 14/03/2008. First Issue

4149.0 Discussion paper: Defining Sport and Exercise, a Conceptual Model, 2008. Released 22/02/2008. First Issue

A draft conceptual model defining key concepts commonly used in survey research on sport and exercise. The model provides definitions of sport, exercise and physical recreation; and examines the relationship between these concepts. The aim is to aid interpretation and future development of surveys in this field. The model is presented in draft form to allow feedback and comment.

4647.0.55.001 Research Paper: Developing An Alternative View of Electricity and Gas Supply Activity in Australia, 2003-04. Released 28/02/2008. New Issue

4902.0 Australian Culture and Leisure Classifications (Second Edition) Draft for Consultation, 2008. Released 11/02/2008

Presents three separate classifications for culture and leisure data; covering industry, occupation and products.

4915.0.55.002 Information Paper: Arts and Cultural Heritage - An Information Development Plan, 2007. Released 14/03/2008

Identifies the agreed priorities and action for information development in the area of Arts and Cultural Heritage. The paper identifies gaps in available data and provides recommendations for addressing these. Recommendations will be implemented collaboratively by ABS and other key producers of arts and cultural heritage data over the next 3 to 5 years.

6225.0 Information Paper: Persons with Main Source of Income from Own Unincorporated Business, Experimental Estimates for Small Areas, 1996-97 to 2003-04. Released 27/03/2008

Presents experimental regional estimates on the number of persons whose main source of income comes from their own unincorporated business(es). Estimates of aggregated individual income ('take home pay') these persons receive from their own unincorporated business(es) and total income they receive from all sources are available. Statistics are compiled from the Australian Taxation Office's Individual Income Tax Return Database. The data are available for various levels of the Australian Standard Geographical Classification (ASGC) such as Statistical Local Areas (SLAs), Local Government Areas (LGAs), Statistical Subdivisions (SSDs) and Statistical Divisions (SDs).


OTHER SELECTED RELEASES

2006.0 Census of Population and Housing: Working Population Profile, 2006. Released 29/02/2008

3412.0 Migration, Australia, 2006-07. Released 26/03/2008

3416.0 Perspectives on Migrants, 2007. Released 25/02/2008. First Issue

4153.0 How Australians Use Their Time, 2006. Released 21/02/2008

4156.0 Sports and Physical Recreation: A Statistical Overview, Australia, 2008 (Edition 1). Released 01/02/2008

4228.0 Adult Literacy and Life Skills Survey, Summary Results, Australia, 2006. Released 09/01/2008

4512.0 Corrective Services, Australia, December 2007. Released 20/03/2008

4513.0 Criminal Courts, Australia, 2006-07. Released 25/01/2008

4602.0 Environmental Issues: People's Views and Practices, Mar 2007. Released 06/12/2007

5678.0 Venture Capital and Later Stage Private Equity, Australia, 2006-07. Released 14/02/2008

4713.2.55.001 Population Characteristics, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians , Victoria, 2006. Released 27/03/2008

6227.0 Education and Work, Australia, May 2007. Released 18/12/2007

6239.0 Barriers and Incentives to Labour Force Participation, Australia, Jul 2006 to Jun 2007. Released 19/12/2007

7121.0.55.002 Agricultural Survey, Apples and Pears, Australia, 2006-07, Released 18/12/2007

8146.0 Household Use of Information Technology, Australia, 2006-07. Released 20/12/2007

8167.0 Selected Characteristics of Australian Businesses, 2005-06. Released 01/02/2008. First Issue


Main Economic Indicators (MEIs). Also released during the past quarter were a number of monthly and quarterly MEIs which can be accessed from the ABS website home page <www.abs.gov.au>. Examples of MEIs include: housing finance, building approvals, labour force, consumer price index, sales of new motor vehicles, and retail trade.

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