4914.0.55.001 - Newsletter: Age Matters, Mar 2007  
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The 2005 issue of Deaths, Australia (cat. no. 3302.0), released on 30 November 2006, provides information on deaths registered in Australia for 2005. One of the main findings is that Australians are continuing to live longer. In 2003–2005 life expectancy was 78.5 years for males and 83.3 years for females, an increase of 6.0 years for males and 4.5 years for females since 1985.

This issue also includes the article "Natural decrease in Local Government Areas" which identifies a number of Local Government Areas (LGAs) in Australia that have experienced natural decrease between 2000 and 2005. The article confirms that age structure is an important factor in whether an LGA is experiencing natural decrease. Births and deaths data for every LGA in Australia can be accessed from new spreadsheets through the following links:

TABLE 4: BIRTHS, Summary, Local Government Areas, 2000–2005

TABLE 6: DEATHS, Summary, Local Government Areas, 2000–2005

Regional Wage and Salary Earner Statistics, Australia (cat. no. 5673.0.55.001) released 9 March 2007, presents selected data on the characteristics of wage and salary earners in the Statistical Local Areas (SLAs) with the highest average income from wages and salaries in 2003-04 for each state and territory.

Data for all SLAs in Australia are available from Regional Wage and Salary Earner Statistics, Australia - Data Cubes, 2003-04 (cat. no. 5673.0.55.003).

The estimates of the number of wage and salary earners and their characteristics, including age, sex, occupation and income, have been compiled from the Australian Taxation Office's (ATO) Individual Income Tax Return Database.

There are a number of exciting and innovative features in the latest release of this publication, including:

    Mapping features

    A new mapping element to enhance the visual aspect of the publication. This includes a map of Australia and each state and territory highlighting the location of the SLAs with the highest wage and salary incomes. In addition there are links to specially modified Google Maps which outline the SLA boundaries of all of the top ranking areas.

    To see an example of this new mapping feature, click here to view the SLA of North Sydney on Google Maps.

    Publication format

    This publication has a new format to enhance readability with a detailed Contents page containing links to Key Points and Summary pages for each state and territory. This new format allows readers to more easily identify and navigate to areas of interest within the publication.

For further information about the publication or the associated data cubes please contact Andrew Stidston on (08) 8237 7668 or email regional.statistics@abs.gov.au.