1308.7 - Inform NT, Dec 2010  
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NT Summary Statistics
NT Growing Naturally
Indigenous Wellbeing Across Remoteness Areas
New Car Sales Remain Steady
NT Children Musically Minded
Merchandise Imports Rise in September
Survival of the Busiest
Is Life in Australia Getting Better?
Anyone for Chuck Steak, Chops and Low Strength Draught?
Births and Fertility in the NT Decline in 2009
Mortality in the NT
Selected Publication Release Dates


Cat. no.Selected data

3101.0Estimated resident population (preliminary), 31 Mar 2010
22 271.9
6202.0Total persons employed (trend), Oct 2010
11 339.4
6202.0Total persons unemployed (trend), Oct 2010
6202.0Unemployment rate (trend), Oct 2010
6202.0Unemployment rate (trend), Sep 2010
6202.0Civilian population aged 15 years and over(a), Oct 2010
18 214.9
8731.0Total dwelling units approved, % change from previous month (trend), Sep 2010
8731.0Total dwelling units approved, % change from previous month (trend), Aug 2010
6401.0Consumer Price Index (CPI), % change Sep Qtr 2009 to Sep Qtr 2010
6401.0Consumer Price Index (CPI), % change Jun Qtr 2010 to Sep Qtr 2010

(a) See Labour Force, Australia (cat. no. 6202.0), Explanatory Notes para 10.
(b) Darwin.
(c) Weighted average of eight capital cities.

For further statistics about the NT see Regional Statistics, Northern Territory (cat. no. 1362.7).


The preliminary Estimated Resident Population (ERP) of the NT at 31 March 2010 was 228,500, an increase of 1.9% (or 4,200 persons) compared to the previous year. The major component of population growth in the NT for this period at 72% (or 3,000 persons) was due to natural increase (births minus deaths), net overseas migration accounted for 35% (1,500 persons), with the remaining due to a net loss of 7% (300 persons) from net interstate migration. Net overseas migration has declined for the third consecutive quarter, down 59% from 659 persons in June 2009 to 135 in March 2010.

Further information can be found in Australian Demographic Statistics, Mar 2010 (cat. no. 3101.0)


Despite recent improvements, Indigenous Australians remain significantly disadvantaged. In many cases, the disadvantage is greater outside the major cities, where most Indigenous people live. For example, 63% of young Indigenous adults in major cities were fully engaged in education or work compared with 41% in remote areas. See the full article in the latest issue of Australian Social Trends, Sep 2010 (cat. no. 4102), a quarterly released publication presenting analysis and commentary on a wide range of social issues. The September edition also includes the following articles:
  • Parental Divorce or Death During Childhood
  • Holidays Abroad
  • New Zealanders in Australia
  • Older People and the Labour Market
  • Australian Workers: Education and Workplace Training.


The September 2010 trend estimate for new motor vehicle sales in the NT has remained steady over the last four months at around 870, however it has increased by 11% when compared with September 2009. Looking at the types of vehicles sold, during the month of September 2010, passenger vehicles made up 44% of sales, sports utility vehicles contributed 24% with other vehicles making up the remaining 32%.

Further information can be found in Sales of New Motor Vehicles, Australia, Sep 2010 (cat. no. 9314.0)


According to the latest issue of Arts and Culture in Australia: A Statistical Overview, 2010 (cat. no. 4172.0), the participation rate for children aged 5 to 14 years in the NT who played a musical instrument in the 12 months to April 2009 was 24%, compared to almost 20% nationally. The Northern Territory was the only region to record a significant change (an increase) between 2000 and 2009. Providing a statistical overview of culture in Australia, this publication contains information on a range of topics including employment in culture, time spent on cultural activities, attendances at culture venues and events, expenditure on culture, and imports and exports of cultural goods and services.


Did you know that during September 2010 the NT imported $390 million worth of merchandise (in original terms), an increase of 33% ($97 million) compared to August 2010? This is the highest value of merchandise imports since March 2009.

Further information can be found in International Merchandise Imports, Australia, Sep 2010 (cat. no. 5439.0)


During 2008–09 the number of actively trading businesses in the NT fell by almost 1%, leaving around 13,900 operating at the end of the financial year. The number of new business registrations declined, the entry rate of almost 18% in 2007–08 fell to about 16% in 2008–09, and of the almost 2,500 entries in 2007–08 approximately 70% survived to June 2009.

Further information can be found in Counts of Australian Businesses, including Entries and Exits, Jun 2007 to Jun 2009 (cat. no. 8165.0)


The 2010 edition of Measures of Australia's Progress (cat. no. 1370.0) was released in September. This comprehensive electronic publication contains a range of information that can help Australians decide if life over the past decade has gotten better. Has the health of Australians improved? Have Australians increased their wealth? Has Australia reduced its greenhouse gas emissions? This publication presents reliable, easy to understand information that describes how Australia is progressing across a range of social, economic and environmental measures.

Measures of Australia's Progress 2010 uses traffic lights to summarise progress and regress across key measures and ensures that it's never been easier to get a clear picture of whether life in Australia is getting better.

The ABS is seeking input from Australians about what progress means to them. In a special feature article, Future Directions for Measuring Australia's Progress, the ABS has released an outline of how they might measure Australia's progress into the future. Join the conversation and share what progress in Australia means to you at the Measures of Australia's Progress Blog.


During the September quarter 2010 Darwin had the cheapest price compared to other capital cities for the following items; beef chuck steak (1kg), lamb forequarter chops (1kg), whole fresh chicken (1kg), and low alcohol draught beer (285ml glass). However, for 28 of the 51 selected items, Darwin had the highest price including dairy products, bread, fresh fruit and vegetables, and full strength beer by the case.

Further information can be found in Average Retail Prices of Selected Items, Eight Capital Cities, Sep 2010 (cat. no. 6403.0.55.001)


There were 3,800 births registered to women living in the Northern Territory in 2009, approximately 3% less than in 2008 (3,900). There were 1,500 births (40% of all births) where at least one parent identified themselves as being of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander origin on the birth registration form.

In 2009, the median age of Northern Territory women who gave birth was 28.3 years, while the median age of fathers (where age was known) was 31.5 years. These were both the youngest median ages recorded for all the states and territories.

As well as being younger, Northern Territory parents are less likely to be married at the time of the birth than in other states and territories. In 2009, the Northern Territory recorded the highest proportion of babies born into ex-nuptial relationships (63%). Of these ex-nuptial births, 27% were registered without acknowledgment from the father.

The Northern Territory's total fertility rate (TFR) in 2009 was 2.09 babies per woman, a decrease from 2.21 babies per woman in 2008. Over the past decade, the TFR for Northern Territory women has consistently been above the TFR for Australia. In 2009, the TFR for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women in the Northern Territory decreased to 2.32 babies per woman, down from 2.42 babies per woman in 2008. However, as with most other states and territories, the TFR for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women remained higher than the TFR for all women.

Fertility rates differ across the reproductive age groups. In the Northern Territory, women aged 30–34 years experienced the highest fertility rate of all age groups in 2009, with 106 babies per 1,000 women. Furthermore, the Northern Territory recorded the highest teenage fertility rate of all the states and territories, at 48 babies per 1,000 women aged 15–19 years.

Further information can be found in Births, Australia, 2009 (cat. no. 3301.0). Regional data will also be available from 9 December 2010.


There were 950 deaths of persons living in the Northern Territory in 2009 (590 males and 360 females), approximately 8% less than were registered in 2008 (1,000). Of these, there were 430 deaths of persons identified as being of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander origin on the death registration form.

In 2009, the Northern Territory had a standardised death rate (SDR) of 7.9 deaths per 1,000 standard population, the highest recorded of all the states and territories. The SDR for Australia was 5.7 deaths per 1,000 standard population.

The median age at death for the Northern Territory has increased over the past ten years. In 1999, the median age at death was 55.5 years for males and 61.7 years for females. In 2009, this has increased to 59.8 years for males and 65.2 for females. This is an increase of 4.3 years and 3.5 years respectively.

The infant mortality rate (IMR) in the Northern Territory was the highest in Australia, with 7.1 deaths per 1,000 live births in 2009. Australia recorded an IMR of 4.3 deaths per 1,000 live births in 2009.

Further information can be found in Deaths, Australia, 2009 (cat. no. 3302.0). Regional data will also be available from 9 December 2010.


Below is a list of selected publication releases containing NT data for the next three months. Publications with multiple issues released during the period are listed only once. Please note some release dates may change after the publication of this newsletter. For all publication release dates please refer to the ABS Release Calendar.

Release datePublication
Cat. no.


9 DecPrisoners in Australia, 2010
13 DecDiabetes in Australia: A Snapshot, 2007–08
14 DecAustralian Social Trends, Dec 2010
14 DecInvolvement in Organised Sport and Physical Activity, Australia, Apr 2010
21 DecAttendance at Selected Cultural Venues and Events, Australia, 2009–10
21 DecParticipation in Sport and Physical Recreation, Australia, 2009–10
21 DecSpectator Attendance at Sporting Events, 2009–10
11 FebSchools, Australia, 2010
17 FebCrime Victimisation, Australia, 2009–10
24 FebRecorded Crime – Offenders, 2009–10
7 MarLocal Government and ABS, Mar 2011


6 DecOverseas Arrivals and Departures, Australia, Oct 2010
8 DecLife Tables, Northern Territory, 2007–2009
13 DecCauses of Death, Australia: Doctor Certified Deaths, Summary Tables, 2009
21 DecAustralian Demographic Statistics, Jun 2010
21 DecPopulation by Age and Sex, Australian States and Territories, Jun 2010
22 FebDemography News, Feb 2011


3 DecInternational Trade in Services by Country, by State and by Detailed Services Category, Financial Year, 2009–10
7 DecLivestock and Meat, Australia, Oct 2010
8 DecHousing Finance, Australia, Oct 2010
8 DecMineral and Petroleum Exploration, Australia, Sep 2010
9 DecLabour Force, Australia, Nov 2010
13 DecLending Finance, Australia, Oct 2010
13 DecWork-Related Injuries, Australia, 2009–10
15 DecSales of New Motor Vehicles, Australia, Nov 2010
16 DecInternational Merchandise Imports, Australia, Nov 2010
16 DecEmployment and Earnings, Public Sector, Australia, 2009–10
6 JanTourist Accommodation, Australia, Sep 2010
6 JanBuilding Approvals, Australia, Nov 2010
7 Jan Australian Labour Market Statistics, Jan 2011
10 JanRetail Trade, Australia, Nov 2010
11 JanInternational Trade in Goods and Services, Australia, Nov 2010
12 JanJob Vacancies, Australia, Nov 2010
13 JanTourist Accommodation, Small Area Data, Northern Territory, Sep 2010
20 JanBuilding Activity, Australia, Sep 2010
25 JanConsumer Price Index, Australia, Dec 2010
27 JanEmployee Earnings and Hours, Australia, May 2010
1 FebHouse Price Indexes: Eight Capital Cities, Dec 2010
1 FebMotor Vehicle Census, Australia, 31 Mar 2010
2 FebAverage Retail Prices of Selected Items, Eight Capital Cities, Dec 2010
14 FebAnalytical Living Cost Indexes for Selected Australian Household Types, Dec 2010
14 FebPensioner and Beneficiary Living Cost Index, Dec 2010
24 FebAverage Weekly Earnings, Australia, Nov 2010
28 FebBusiness Indicators, Australia, Dec 2010
1 MarGovernment Finance Statistics, Australia, Dec Qtr 2010
21 MarInternet Activity, Australia, Dec 2010