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Life Tables, Queensland, 2006-2008

Retirement and Retirement Intentions, Australia, Jul 2008 to Jun 2009

Job Search Experience, Australia, July 2009

Employment and Earnings, Public Sector, Australia, 2008-09

Estimates of Personal Income for Small Areas, Time Series, 2003-04 to 2006-07

House Price Indexes: Concepts, Sources and Methods, Australia, 2009

Issues to be Considered During the 16th Series Australian Consumer Price Index Review, Dec 2009

Household Use of Information Technology, Australia, 2008-09

Land Management Practices in the Great Barrier Reef Catchments, Preliminary, 2008-09

National Statistical Service Newsletter

Environment and Energy News, Dec 2009

Ag Mag - The Electronic Newsletter, Dec 2009

ABS Forward Work Program, 2009-10 to 2012-13

ABS Release Information

Queensland Theme Page



Image: Life Tables, Queensland, 2006-2008 LIFE TABLES, QUEENSLAND, 2006-2008

Life Tables, Queensland, 2006-2008 (cat. no. 3302.3.55.001) was released on 11 December 2009. This publication contains life tables for males and females resident in Queensland for the reference period. A life table is a statistical model used to represent mortality of a population. In its simplest form, a life table is generated from age-specific death rates and the resulting values are used to measure mortality, survivorship and life expectancy.

Selected results for Queensland include:

  • For 2006-2008, life expectancy at birth was 78.9 years for males and 83.7 years for females.
  • On average an 18 year old male could expect to live a further 61.6 years and an 18 year old female a further 66.2 years.
  • On average a 65 year old male could expect to live a further 18.5 years and a 65 year old female a further 21.6 years.
  • At the age of 80 a male could expect to live a further 8.3 years and females a further 9.9 years.



Image: Retirement and Retirement Intentions, Jul 2008 to Jun 2009 RETIREMENT AND RETIREMENT INTENTIONS, AUSTRALIA, JUL 2008 TO JUN 2009

Retirement and Retirement Intentions, Australia, Jul 2008 to Jun 2009 (cat. no. 6238.0) was released on 17 December 2009. This publication presents information about the retirement status and retirement intentions of people aged 45 years and over who have, at some time, worked for two weeks or more. The data collected in the Retirement and Retirement Intentions topic provide information on retirement trends, the factors which influence decisions to retire, and the income arrangements that retirees and potential retirees have made to provide for their retirement. The data are cross-classified by a range of demographic characteristics such as age, sex, marital status and country of birth, as well as labour force characteristics.

The statistics in this publication were compiled from the Multipurpose Household Survey (MPHS), conducted throughout Australia during the 2008-09 financial year, as a supplement to the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) monthly Labour Force Survey (LFS).

Selected results for Queensland include:
  • The average age at retirement from the labour force for people aged 45 years and over in 2008-09 was 58.6 years for males and 48.6 years for females.
  • Of the 259,400 men who had retired from the labour force; 25% had retired aged less than 55 years, 52% had retired aged 55-64 years and 22% had retired aged 65 years and over. Of the 312,500 women who had retired from the labour force; 59% had retired aged less than 55 years, 36% had retired aged 55-64 years and 5.2% had retired aged 65 years and over.
  • Retirement intentions differ considerably from actual retirement. The average age at which males 45 years and over intend to retire was 64.3 years and for females it was 63.2 years.
  • Of the 366,300 males in the labour force who indicated that they intended to retire from the labour force; 22% intended to retire before age 65, 41% intended to retire after age 65 and 37% did not know the age at which they would retire. Of the 304,500 females in the labour force who indicated that they intended to retire from the labour force; 28% intended to retire before age 65, 30% intended to retire after age 65 and 42% did not know the age at which they would retire.



Image: Job search Experience, Ausrtalia, July 2009 JOB SEARCH EXPERIENCE, AUSTRALIA, JULY 2009

Job Search Experience, Australia, July 2009 (cat. no. 6222.0) was released on 21 December 2009.

This publication provides estimates of unemployed persons classified by difficulties in finding work, duration of current period of unemployment, active steps taken to find work, whether looking for full-time or part-time work, educational attainment, and number of spells of looking for work in the previous 12 months. Estimates can also be cross-classified by demographic information such as state, sex, age, marital status and country of birth.

The publication also provides estimates of employed persons who were formerly jobseekers but were now (as at the survey reference period) employed and were successful in securing that job in the previous 12 months. Estimates can also be cross-classified by demographic information such as state, sex, age, marital status and country of birth.

For further information about these and related statistics, contact the National Information and Referral Service on 1300 135 070 or Labour Market Statistics Section on (02) 6252 7206.



Image: Employment and Earnings, Public Sector, Australia, 2008-09 EMPLOYMENT AND EARNINGS, PUBLIC SECTOR, AUSTRALIA, 2008-09

Employment and Earnings, Public Sector, Australia, 2008-09 (cat. no. 6248.0.55.002) was released on 17 December 2009. This publication contains estimates of number of public sector employees and cash wages and salaries by level of government by state. Also contains estimates of number of public sector employees and cash wages and salaries by industry for Australia. Additional unpublished information is available.

Selected results for Queensland include:
  • In June 2009, there were 365,200 public sector employees, an increase of 3.7% from June 2008. There were 30,700 employees in Commonwealth government, 295,300 in state government and 43,500 in local government in Queensland in June 2009.
  • In 2008-09, wages and salaries paid to public sector employees totalled $21,897 million. Commonwealth government employees accounted for $1,996 million, state government employees for $17,844 million and local government employees $2,057 million.



Image: Estimates of Personal Income for Small Areas, Time Series< 2003-04 to 2006-07 ESTIMATES OF PERSONAL INCOME FOR SMALL AREAS, TIME SERIES, 2003-04 TO 2006-07

Estimates of Personal Income for Small Areas, Time Series, 2003-04 to 2006-07 (cat. no. 6524.0.55.002) was released on 17 December 2009. This release contains estimates of the sources and amount of personal income people received for the years 2003-04 to 2006-07, for Statistical Local Areas and other geographies (LGA, SSD, SD, State/Territory and Australia).

Data are provided on the number of individuals and the amount of income received from Wage and salary, Own unincorporated business, Investment, Superannuation and annuities, and Other income (excluding government pensions and allowances). An estimate of total income (excluding government pensions and allowances) is also provided.

The estimates have been compiled using aggregated individual income tax data from the Australian Taxation Office (ATO). The compilation of these data are part of the ABS' program to increase the availability of regional statistics, particularly through the use of administrative data collected by other government agencies. The ABS wishes to acknowledge the invaluable support of the ATO in compiling these statistics.

Selected results for Queensland include:
  • In 2006-07, average wage and salary income in Queensland was $39,735, average own unincorporated business income was $17,692, average investment income was $7,569, average superannuation and annuity income was $24,395, and average other income (excluding government pensions and allowances) was $3,466.
  • The statistical local area with the highest average wage and salary income was Broadsound in Isaac (R) with an average of $62,133. Hamilton had the highest average own unincorporated business income with $67,401 and Ascot had the highest average investment income with $32,691. Blackall had the highest average superannuation and annuity income with $54,787 and Pinjarra Hills had the highest average other income (excluding government pensions and allowances) with $13,518.



Image: House Price Indexes: Concepts, Sources and Methods, Australia, 2009 HOUSE PRICE INDEXES: CONCEPTS, SOURCES AND METHODS, AUSTRALIA, 2009

House Price Indexes: Concepts, Sources and Methods, Australia, 2009 (cat. no. 6464.0 was released on 14 December 2009. The purpose of this publication is to provide a description of the concepts, sources and methods behind the House Price Index (HPI). It includes discussion of some general issues relating to the measurement of house prices and provides background on the stratification method used to control for the effect of changes in the composition and number of houses sold within each city. This publication also includes information on how to use price indexes and provides an overview of other data series and price indexes related to housing which are produced by the ABS and published with the HPI.

The last publication of this type was A Guide to House Price Indexes, Australia 2006 (cat. no. 6464.0). This Concepts, Sources and Methods publication supercedes the Guide in that it covers recent changes in the stratification method and weights. It also provides more information on how the HPI is calculated and on price index concepts in general.



Image: Issues to be Considered during the 16th Series Australian Consumer Price Index Review, Dec 2009 ISSUES TO BE CONSIDERED DURING THE 16TH SERIES AUSTRALIAN CONSUMER PRICE INDEX REVIEW, DEC 2009

Issues to be considered during the 16th Series Australian Consumer Price Index Review, Dec 2009 (cat. no. 6468.0) was released on 15 December 2009. The Consumer Price Index (CPI) is subject to periodic reviews. While an important objective of the reviews is to update item weights, formal reviews also provide an opportunity to reassess the scope and coverage of the index and other methodological issues.

This information paper discusses major issues to be considered in the current review (16th series) and presents ABS preliminary views on these matters as a basis for public consultation. Issues to be addressed include: the principal purpose of the CPI; frequency of compilation, and evaluation of the measurement of the deposit and loan facilities index. Submissions to the review should reach the ABS by 12 March 2010.

Outcomes of the 16th series review consultation process are expected to be published in December 2010.




Image: Household Use of Information Technology, Australia, 2008-09 HOUSEHOLD USE OF INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY, AUSTRALIA, 2008-09

Household Use of Information Technology, Australia, 2008-09 (cat. no. 8146.0) was released on 16 December 2009. This publication presents results compiled from household use of information technology (HUIT) data collected from the Multipurpose Household Survey (MPHS) for 2008-09 and the Children's Participation in Cultural and Leisure Activities (CPCLA) survey for April 2009.

Selected results for Queensland include:
  • In 2008-09, 80% of Queensland households had access to a home computer. This compares with 65% in 2003 and 44% in 1999.
  • Internet access was available to 73% of households in 2008-09, 52% in 2003 and 20% in 1999.
  • In 2008-09, of the 2,301,000 persons aged 15 years and over who accessed the Internet at home, 58% accessed the internet every day and 36% accessed it at least weekly.
  • In 2008-09, 67% of persons aged 15 years and over used the internet to purchase goods or services.
  • Dial-up access has been declining in recent years - in 2004-05, 40% of all households had dial-up access and this declined to 8% in 2008-09.
  • Broadband access, in contrast has grown, from 16% of all households in 2004-05 to 64% of all households in 2008-09.
  • Nearly one half (48%) of children aged 5-14 years who accessed the internet spent 2 hours or less per week on the Internet, 15% spent 3-4 hours, 19% spent 5-9 hours, 12% spent 10-19 hours and 4% spent more than 20 hours per week on the internet.



Land Management Practices in the Great Barrier Reef Catchments, Preliminary, 2008-09 LAND MANAGEMENT PRACTICES IN THE GREAT BARRIER REEF CATCHMENTS, PRELIMINARY, 2008-09

Land Management Practices in the Great Barrier Reef Catchments, Preliminary , 2008-09 (cat. no. 4619.0) was released on 22 December 2009. This publication reports on the land management practices adopted by farmers in the Great Barrier Reef catchments.

The Great Barrier Reef is one of the worlds most significant natural assets. It makes a major contribution to Australia's social, economic and environmental well being.

To support the sustainable management of the Great Barrier Reef, the Australian Government is working with land managers in the catchments discharging into the reef to increase the adoption of management practices that contribute to improved water quality. The primary purpose of this survey was to provide benchmark data on these practices for each catchment.

In this publication, data are published for the 28 river catchments and for five Natural Resource Management (NRM) regions. Key features of each catchment region are discussed, and a map is included showing the location of each catchment within a NRM region. There are also a series of maps at the end the commentary that spatially represent some of the published data as well as a series of 12 tables provided as spreadsheets.

Selected results for Queensland include:
  • The 28 catchments have a total area of 38.1 million hectares and in 2008-09 contained 17,104 holdings which used 28.5 million hectares for agricultural production.
  • There were 4,523 holdings growing sugar cane, 1,670 holdings engaged in horticulture, 2,308 holdings growing broadacre crops and 12,550 holdings keeping beef cattle.
  • Of the 17,104 holdings in the 28 catchment areas, 73% undertook one or more surface water run off management practices. Over one-third (39%) of holdings applied fertilizer and 60% applied herbicides.



Image: National Statistics Service Newsletter NATIONAL STATISTICAL SERVICE NEWSLETTER

The latest issue of the NSS newsletter was released on 18 December 2009.

This issue features articles about the new Australian Statistical Geography Standard, the recently released Data Sharing Guide, the new 'Understanding Statistics' web pages on the ABS website, and the Longitudinal Study of Indigenous Children.

The National Statistical Service is the community of government agencies, led by the ABS as Australia's national statistical organisation, building a rich statistical picture for a better informed Australia. It aims to develop and improve a statistical system that ensures providers and users of statistics have the confidence to trust the statistics produced within it.



Image: Environment and Energy News, Dec 2009 ENVIRONMENT AND ENERGY NEWS, DEC 2009

Environment and Energy News, Dec 2009 (cat. no. 4653.0) was released on 15 December 2009. This newsletter is released by the ABS Centre of Environment and Energy Statistics (CEES). Published twice a year, it highlights developments in environment and energy statistics particularly at the ABS.



Image: Ag Mag - The Electronic Newsletter, Dec 2009 AG MAG - THE ELECTRONIC NEWSLETTER, DEC 2009

Ag Mag - The Agriculture Newsletter, Dec 2009 (cat. no. 7101.0) was released on 14 December 2009. This electronic newsletter provides topical information about the agricultural statistics program of the ABS. It looks at the program's structure, responsibilities, outputs and the status of current projects.

This edition marks the end of a productive year for the program, with a range of products released and variety of surveys underway or in planning, including the 2011 Agricultural Census. Specially highlighted are the preliminary results of the 2008-09 Agricultural Survey, plans for the 2010-11 Agricultural Census, as well as progress on the Land Management Practices Survey of the Great Barrier Reef catchments being conducted in northern Queensland as input to the Australian Government's Reef Rescue Program.



Image: ABS Forward Work Program, 2009-10 to 2012-13 ABS FORWARD WORK PROGRAM, 2009-10 TO 2012-13

Forward Work Program, 2009-10 to 2012-13 (cat. no. 1006.0) was released 30 September 2009. The ABS Forward Work Program (FWP) is produced annually and is one of the suite of ABS corporate publications.

The FWP provides background information about statistical and non-statistical programs across the ABS, their objectives and the outputs they produce. It includes details of past and current resource usage, and details developments in the work program for each of the statistical and non-statistical programs over the next three years. The FWP covers all programs in the ABS, across Central Office and all eight state and territory regional offices.


Image: ABS Release Information ABS RELEASE INFORMATION

The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) website provides the expected release details for all statistical products due for publication in the coming six months.

The web page 'Release Advice for ABS Publications for the Next Six Months' is revised on the ABS website at the beginning of each month. This six-month forecasting is intended to keep clients informed about products and when they will become available.

All ABS core statistical and other statistical publications that usually have a catalogue number will be detailed as well as prominent non-statistical publications such as the ABS Annual Report and Australian Statistics Advisory Council Annual Report.

For further information please access the following link Release Advice for ABS Publications for the Next Six Months.

Information on all ABS product releases can also be accessed from ABS Release Advice. This web page also provides links to Previous Releases, Releases Scheduled for the Next Six Months and Main Economic Indicator Releases.

Image: Queensland Theme Page QUEENSLAND THEME PAGE

The Queensland theme page provides access to Queensland statistical information including statistical releases and links to non-ABS sources. A wide range of economic and social statistics is covered.

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