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1362.6 - Regional Statistics, Tasmania, 2001  
Previous ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 22/08/2001   
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REGIONAL SUMMARY

Area

Tasmania's total land area, including off-shore islands, covers 68,121 km2, within which the Greater Hobart-Southern Region covers 37.6% (25,616 km2), the Mersey-Lyell Region covers 33.1% (22,523 km2), and the Northern Region covers 29.3% (19,980 km2) (Source: Department of Primary Industries, Water and Environment, 2001).

Population

Tasmania's estimated resident population at 30 June 2000 was 470,376, which was 2.46% of the nation's population. At that time the Greater Hobart-Southern Region had an estimated resident population of 229,060 persons, which was 48.7% of the State's population. The Northern Region had an estimated resident population of 133,080 persons (28.3% of the State's population) and the Mersey-Lyell Region had an estimated resident population of 108,236 persons (23.0%).

Between 1998 and 2000, Tasmania's annual population declined. At 30 June 2000, Tasmania had an estimated 427 fewer residents than at 30 June 1999, a decline of 0.1%. The estimated net population decline between 1998 and 1999 was 897 residents or 0.2%. There was population decline in all three Tasmanian Regions during both periods. The estimated resident population of the Greater Hobart-Southern Region declined by 383 residents (0.2%) between 1998 and 1999, and by 59 residents (0.03%) between 1999 and 2000. The Northern Region's estimated resident population declined by 8 residents (0.01%) between 1998 and 1999, and by 89 residents (0.1%) between 1999 and 2000. In the Mersey-Lyell Region the estimated resident population declined by 506 people (0.5%) between 1998 and 1999, and 279 people (0.3%) between 1999 and 2000.

Labour force

In 2000, there was an estimated average of 200,400 employed people (in original terms) in Tasmania, an increase of 3,800 on the estimated average of 196,600 employed people in 1999. An estimated average of 19,200 people were classed as unemployed in Tasmania in 2000. Of these, 10,100 were in the Greater Hobart-Southern Region, 5,000 were in the Northern Region, and 5,100 were in the Mersey-Lyell Region.

In 2000, Tasmania's average unemployment rate was 8.7%. The Greater Hobart-Southern Region had an unemployment rate of 9.4%, the Northern Region a rate of 7.7% and the Mersey-Lyell Region a rate of 10.5%. The Tasmanian participation rate was 59.2%. The Greater Hobart-Southern Region had a participation rate of 58.6%, the Northern Region a rate of 59.7% and the Mersey-Lyell Region a rate of 59.1%.

Education

There were 282 schools in Tasmania in 2000, four fewer than in 1998. During the same period the proportion of schools run by private institutions (23.8% in 2000) increased by 0.7%. The number of Tasmanian full-time students attending both private and public schools dropped from 84,116 students in 1998, to 83,537 in 2000, a decline of 0.7%. This decrease in full-time students was greater in the private school sector (1.9%) than in the public system (0.3%). The number of Tasmanian students enrolled at the University of Tasmania increased by 1.3% between 1998 and 2000, from 10,517 students to 10,657 students.

The small decline in the number of schools between 1998 and 2000 at the State level, was spread evenly across the Regions, with the Greater Hobart-Southern Region losing two schools during the period, and the Northern and Mersey-Lyell Regions both losing one. During the same period the number of full-time students in the Greater Hobart-Southern Region declined by 178 students, the number in the Northern Region increased by 120 students, and the number in the Mersey-Lyell Region declined by 521 students. Between 1998 and 2000 the number of students from the Greater Hobart-Southern Region who enrolled at the University of Tasmania increased by 301, while decreasing in both the Northern and Mersey-Lyell Regions, by 117 and 44 students respectively.

Income

The number of individual taxpayers in Tasmania declined from 195,100 in the 1997-98 financial year to 186,300 in the 1998-99 financial year, which was a decline of 4.5%. During the same period, Tasmania's mean taxable income increased by 5.7% from $29,285 to $30,953. The number of Tasmanians receiving the Age Pension and Disability Support Pension between 4 January 1999 and 4 June 2000 also increased, by 1.4% and 4.5% respectively. Similarly, in each of the Regions there was a decline in the number of taxpayers, as well as increases in the mean taxable income and the number of Age and Disability Support pension recipients. The Mersey-Lyell Region had the largest decline in taxpayers (5.6%), as well as the largest increase in taxable income (5.8%), and in Age Pension recipients (5.3%), while the Greater Hobart-Southern Region had the largest increase in Disability Support Pension recipients (7.5%). The proportion of taxpayers residing in the Mersey-Lyell, Northern and Greater Hobart-Southern Regions in 1999-2000 was 21.9%, 27.9% and 49.8% respectively.

Victims of selected offences

In Tasmania in 2000, there were 3,367 reported motor vehicle thefts, 78 victims reporting armed robberies, and 194 victims reporting sexual assaults. Between 1998 and 2000 the number of victims reporting sexual assault and armed robbery decreased by 10.2 % and 8.2% respectively at the State level, while the number of motor vehicle thefts increased by 12.6%.

At the regional level in 2000, 67.8% of motor vehicle thefts occurred in the Greater Hobart-Southern Region, 24.9% in the Northern Region, and 7.2% in the Mersey-Lyell Region. The greatest percentage change in the number of reported vehicle thefts between 1998 and 2000 occurred in the Northern Region, with the number increasing by 75.7% during the period. The Greater Hobart-Southern Region also had the highest proportion of victims reporting armed robbery in the State in 2000 (60.3%), while the Northern Region had 32.1%, and the Mersey-Lyell Region, 7.7%. Between 1998 and 2000 the greatest change in the number of victims reporting armed robbery was in the Mersey-Lyell Region, in which the number of victims fell by 68.4%. In 2000, 53.6% of the victims reporting sexual assault were in the Greater Hobart-Southern Region, 22.2% in the Northern Region, and 24.2% in the Mersey-Lyell Region. The greatest change in the number of victims reporting this crime was in the Northern Region, where the number of victims reporting sexual assaults dropped by 24.6% between 1998 and 2000.

New motor vehicle registrations

In 2000, there were 15,767 new motor vehicle registrations in Tasmania, a decrease of 3.1% from the number registered in 1998 (16,272). The majority of new motor vehicle registrations in the State in 2000 were in the Greater Hobart-Southern Region (58.0%), followed by the Northern Region (24.1%) and the Mersey-Lyell Region (17.8%).

Building

There were 1,554 dwelling unit approvals recorded in Tasmania in 2000, 1.6% fewer than in 1999 and 3.9% more than in 1998. At the regional level, increases over the number of dwelling approvals in the previous year (of between 3% and 12%) were recorded in both 1999 and 2000 in all Regions except the Northern, in which there was a 15.3% decline between 1999 and 2000. The value of new residential building approvals in Tasmania in 2000 was estimated at $166.0m. This figure also increased during both years in all Regions except the Northern, in which there was a 10.1% decrease in the value of new residential building approvals between 1999 and 2000.

The value of non-residential building approvals fluctuated in the two years between 1998 and 2000, in all of the Regions and at the State level. At the State level the value of non-residential building approvals increased by 46.9% from $130.8m in 1998 to $192.1m in 1999, and then decreased by 17.6% to $158.3m in 2000. In the Greater Hobart-Southern Region, the value of non-residential building approvals increased by 94.9% between 1998 and 1999, and then fell by 23.1% to reach $91.6m in 2000. In the Northern Region there was a 10.4% decrease between 1998 and 1999, followed by an increase of 7.3% to reach $44.3m in 2000. In the Mersey-Lyell Region the value of non-residential building approvals increased by 34.9% between 1998 and 1999, and then fell by 29.7% to $22.3m in 2000.

Agriculture

In the year ending 31 March 1999, there were 4,446 agricultural establishments with an estimated value of agricultural operations (EVAO) of $5,000 or more operating in Tasmania, a decrease of 0.8% in the number reported for the previous year (4,482). Although there was a small decline in the number of establishments in all Regions between these years, the only Region that lost more than 10 agricultural establishments was the Mersey-Lyell Region, where the number of establishments fell by 27 (1.5%). Of all the agricultural establishments in the State in the year ending 31 March 1999, 39.0% were located in the Mersey-Lyell Region, 35.6% were in the Northern Region, and 25.4% were in the Greater Hobart-Southern Region.

The value of agricultural commodities produced (VACP) in Tasmania in the year ending 31 March 1998 was $678.2m. This value rose to $699.9m in the year ending 31 March 1999. The Mersey-Lyell Region contributed the largest share of Tasmania's VACP during that period, producing 43.5% ($304.7m) of the State total. In the same year, the Northern Region contributed 35.5% ($248.6m) and the Greater Hobart-Southern Region contributed 20.9% ($146.6m).

Tourist accommodation

The number of hotel, motel, guest house and serviced apartment establishments with 15 or more rooms in operation during the December quarters of 1998, 1999 and 2000 showed very little variation, at both the Regional and State levels. Variation was apparent, however, in room occupancy rates and takings, with both increasing between 1998 and 2000 in the Greater Hobart-Southern Region, by 3.1% and 11.1%, respectively. Both room occupancy rates and takings declined between 1998 and 2000 in the Mersey-Lyell Region, by 5.4% and 1.4%, respectively. In the Northern Region during this period, the room occupancy rate declined by 0.8%, while takings from accommodation increased by 1.1%. Takings from accommodation also increased between 1998 and 2000 at the State level, by 5.9%, while the State's room occupancy rate remained stable.

Employment generated by hotels, motels, guest houses and serviced apartments either remained stable or declined in the three Regions during this period, declining at the State level by 3.0% in the 2000 December quarter.

In the December quarter 2000, the Greater Hobart-Southern Region had 40.6% of Tasmania's hotels, motels, guest houses and serviced apartments with 15 or more rooms and gathered 56.1% of the takings from accommodation, the Northern Region had 28.1% of these establishments and 25.8% of the takings, while the remaining 31.3% of the establishments were located in the Mersey-Lyell Region, which claimed 18.2% of the takings.


REGIONAL SUMMARY


Greater Hobart-Southern

Northern

Unit
1998
1999
2000
1998
1999
2000

Area
km2
..
..
25,616
..
..
19,980
Population
Estimated resident population at 30 June
no.
229,502
229,119
229,060
133,177
133,169
133,080
Population change from previous year
%
-0.26
-0.17
-0.03
-0.41
-0.01
-0.07
Aged 0-14 years
no.
48,693
48,036
n.y.a
28,631
28,227
n.y.a
Aged 65 years and over
no.
29,833
30,227
n.y.a
18,219
18,540
n.y.a
Median age of total population
years
35.6
36.0
n.y.a
35.7
36.1
n.y.a
Labour force
Employed (annual average)
'000
96.8
95.9
96.7
55.0
56.6
59.5
Unemployed (annual average)
'000
9.9
10.1
10.1
7.4
5.5
5.0
Unemployment rate (annual average)
%
9.3
9.5
9.4
11.9
8.8
7..7
Participation rate (annual average)
%
60.0
58.6
59.0
59.4
59.0
59.7
Education
Government schools
no.
101
100
99
60
57
58
Non-government schools
no.
34
33
34
16
16
17
Government full-time school students
no.
29,385
29,531
29,454
17,973
17,996
18,081
Non-government full-time school students
no.
12,180
12,024
11,933
4,858
4,813
4,870
University of Tasmania enrolments(a)
no.
6,335
6,589
6,636
2,861
2,869
2,744
Income
Individual taxpayers (year ending 30 June)
'000
96.7
92.8
n.y.a
54.1
51.9
n.y.a
Mean taxable income (year ending 30 June)
$
30,233
31,862
n.y.a
28,200
29,840
n.y.a
Age pension(c)
no.
n.a
20,887
21,534
n.a
13,167
13,803
Disability Support Pensions(c)
no.
n.a
9,625
10,343
n.a
4,981
5,307
Victims of selected offences
Motor vehicle theft
no.
2,316
2,256
2,284
478
616
840
Armed robbery
no.
43
51
47
23
11
25
Sexual assault
no.
102
100
104
57
48
43
New motor vehicle registrations(d)
Registrations
no.
8,597
7,905
9,148
4,400
4,396
3,806
Building(d)
Dwelling units approved
no.
775
815
856
474
489
414
Value of new residential building approved
$m
68.5
78.8
93.1
41.6
48.5
43.6
Value of non-residential building approved
$m
61.1
119.1
91.6
46.1
41.3
44.3
Value of all building approved
$m
150.4
221.1
214.2
96.7
99.8
99.4
Agriculture (year ending 31st March)
Establishments(f)
no.
1,138
1,129
n.y.a
1,584
1,583
n.y.a
Value of agricultural commodities produced (VACP)
$m
148.2
146.6
n.y.a
243.2
248.6
n.y.a
Tourist accomodation(d)(g)
Establishments (December quarter)
no.
52
53
52
36
36
36
Room occupancy rate (annual average)
%
57.2
58.6
59.0
50.8
51.7
50.4
Takings from accomodation (annual average)
$'000
47,974
48,550
53,287
24,208
24,240
24,474
Employment (December quarter)
no.
1,984
2,113
1,985
1,329
1,310
1,293
...continued



REGIONAL SUMMARY-continued

Mersey-Lyell

Tasmania

Unit
1998
1999
2000
1998
1999
2000

Area
km2
..
..
22,523
..
..
68,121
Population
Estimated resident population at 30 June
no.
109,021
108,515
108,236
471,700
470,803
470,376
Population change from previous year
%
-0.59
-0.46
-0.26
-0.38
-0.19
-0.09
Aged 0-14 years
no.
24,673
24,261
n.y.a
101,997
100,524
n.y.a
Aged 65 years and over
no.
13,938
14,241
n.y.a
61,990
63,008
n.y.a
Median age of total population
years
35.4
35.9
n.y.a
35.6
36.0
n.y.a
Labour force
Employed (annual average)
'000
43.9
43.3
43.4
196.4
196.6
200.4
Unemployed (annual average)
'000
5.9
5.5
5.1
22.2
20.2
19.2
unemployment rate (annual average)
%
11.8
11.3
10.5
10.2
9.3
8.7
Participation rate (annual average)
%
57.3
58.1
59.1
59.1
58.6
59.2
Education
Government schools
no.
59
59
58
220
216
215
Non-government schools
no.
16
16
16
66
65
67
Government full-time school students
no.
15,620
15,427
15,268
62,978
62,954
62,803
Non-government full-time school students
no.
4,100
4,022
3,931
21,138
20,859
20,734
University of Tasmania enrolments(a)
no.
1,321
1,362
1,277
10,517
10,820
10,657
Income
Individual taxpayers (year ending 30 June)
'000
43.2
40.8
n.y.a
(b)195.1
(b)186.3
n.y.a
Mean taxable income (year ending 30 June)
$
28,557
30,226
n.y.a
(b)29,285
(b)30,953
n.y.a
Age pension(c)
no.
n.a
10,630
11,192
n.a
45,906
46,546
Disability Support Pensions(c)
no.
n.a
4,953
5,243
n.a
20,009
20,908
Victims of selected offences
Motor vehicle theft
no.
197
206
243
2,991
3,078
3,367
Armed robbery
no.
19
14
6
85
76
78
Sexual assault
no.
57
50
47
216
198
194
New motor vehicle registrations(d)
Registrations
no.
3,258
3,047
2,799
(e)16,272
(e)15,386
(e)15,767
Building(d)
Dwelling units approved
no.
247
276
284
1,496
1,580
1,554
Value of new residential building approved
$m
21.2
25.1
30.3
132.3
152.5
166.0
Value of non-residential building approved
$m
23.5
31.7
22.3
130.8
192.1
158.3
Value of all building approved
$m
53.0
64.1
60.5
300.2
384.9
374.2
Agriculture (year ending 31st March)
Establishments(f)
no.
1,761
1,734
n.y.a
4,482
4,446
n.y.a
Value of agricultural commodities produced (VACP)
$m
286.9
304.7
n.y.a
678.2
699.9
n.y.a
Tourist accomodation(d)(g)
Establishments (December quarter)
no.
41
41
40
129
130
128
Room occupancy rate (annual average)
%
42.6
42.4
40.3
51.7
52.5
51.8
Takings from accomodation (annual average)
$'000
17,526
17,273
17,275
89,708
90,063
95,036
Employment (December quarter)
no.
811
805
721
4,124
4,228
3,999

(a) Reported region of home residence.
(b) Includes data for Tasmanian individuals whose residential addresses cannot be assigned to one of the three regions.
(c) 1999 data: number of recipients at 4 January; 2000 data: number of recipients at 4 June.
(d) ABS statistical series are being impacted by varying degrees as a result of The New Tax System (TNTS), introduced in Australia from 1 July 2000. TNTS includes the removal of Wholesale Sales Tax and the introduction of a Goods and Service Tax (GST), and as a result, a number of ABS data series will reflect significant and subsequent impacts. Further information can be found in ABS Statistics and The New Tax System (Cat. no. 1358.0).
(e) Includes vehicles where the registered owner's residential address is located interstate but the vehicle is registered in Tasmania.
(f) Excludes establishments whose estimated value of agricultural operations is less than $5,000.
(g) Includes hotels, motels, guest houses and serviced apartments with 15 or more rooms.



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