1308.7 - Inform NT, Mar 2009
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For further statistics about the NT see Regional Statistics Northern Territory, 2008 (cat. no. 1362.7).
NT Keeps Cool
With environmental concerns (and temperatures) on the rise it is interesting to see how Territorians use energy compared to the rest of Australia.
In 2008, 93% of households in the Northern Territory had air-conditioning, with more than a third (35%) of Territory households using their air-conditioning for 6 months or more in a year. Comparatively, 66% of Australian households had air-conditioning with less than 5% using air-conditioning for 6 months or more in a year.
There were fewer Northern Territory households with heaters (14%) compared to Australian households (77%) in southern states - Victoria, Tasmania, South Australia and the Australian Capital Territory (more than 90%). Between 2005 and 2008, the duration of use of heaters decreased for Australia as a whole, with the '6 months or more' category falling from 13% of households in 2005 to 7% in 2008.
The Northern Territory had the highest proportion of households (44%) with two or more refrigerators in use, followed by Queensland (42%) and Western Australia (41%). In Australia 34% of dwellings had two or more refrigerators in use.
More than half of the households in the Northern Territory (54%) used solar energy to heat water in 2008, an increase from 2005 (42%). Solar energy was used by 7% of Australian households for heating water in 2008. This was a 61% increase from 2005 when 4% of households used solar energy for hot water systems. Households in all states and territories had a noticeable increase in the use of solar for water heating between 2005 and 2008.
In 2008, more than half of dwellings (58%) in Australia used fluorescent lights or other energy saving lights (59%) in at least one room. In the Northern Territory, fluorescent lights were used in 82% of dwellings and in Queensland, 72% of dwellings.
For more information on energy use for the Northern Territory (and Australia) see Environmental Issues: Energy Use and Conservation, Mar 2008 (cat. no. 4602.0.55.001).
A Picture of a Nation: the Statistician's Report on the 2006 Census
With the January 2009 release, by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS), of A Picture of a Nation came a rich source of stories on Australian society and how it has changed over time. Organised into eight chapters: population; cultural diversity; living arrangements; community; education; work; economic resources; and housing, this publication draws on a range of data from the 2006 Census and historical censuses. It also provides an in-depth analysis of population Census data, complementing the extensive range of other Census products already available free from the ABS website.
The publication presents the following findings for the Northern Territory (NT):
For more stories about how the Northern Territory and Australia has changed over time view A Picture of the Nation: the Statistician's Report on the 2006 Census, 2006 (cat. no. 2070.0). Hard copy editions of the publication are also available, please refer to the ABS website for further information.
Broadband Internet Connections
According to Household Use of Information Technology, Australia, 2007-08 (cat. no. 8146.0), 55% of Northern Territory households (excluding very remote areas) had a Broadband Internet connection at June 30 2008. This was above the national average of 52%. Broadband connections were present in 4.3 million Australian households. To create further perspective, the Australian Capital Territory had the highest proportion of households with Broadband Internet connection (68%) while Tasmania (39%) and South Australia (42%) recorded the lowest proportion of all households.
The following are selected ABS releases in April, May and June of relevance and interest to the Northern Territory. For a full list of releases please refer to the Product Releases section on the home page of the ABS website.
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