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(a) See Labour Force, Australia, October 2009 (cat. no. 6202.0), Explanatory Notes para 10.
(c) Weighted average of eight capital cities.
For further statistics about the NT see Regional Statistics, Northern Territory, Nov 2009 (cat. no. 1362.7).
NEW LOOK REGIONAL STATISTICS NT PUBLICATION RELEASED
The first issue of the new look Regional Statistics, Northern Territory (cat. no. 1362.7) publication in e-magazine format was released on 17 November 2009. The statistics (and links to statistics) are presented by topic. This issue contains statistics on population and the environment, including a feature article, Territorians buck the trend on green issues, which looks at the environmental attitudes and behaviours of Territorians on issues such as climate change and energy use. New topics will be added in each of the next three issues (due for release in March, May and August 2010), and then each topic will be updated annually on a rolling basis. The March 2010 issue will add two topics: Employment, Education and Training, and Health and Safety.
MAPPING THE GAP: RESULTS FROM THE NATSISS RELEASE
In December 2007, the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) agreed to a partnership between all levels of government to work with Indigenous communities to achieve the target of ‘Closing the Gap’ between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians. The ‘gap’ refers to all levels of human interest such as education, life expectancy, health, and employment. The first results from the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Survey, 2008 (NATSISS) (cat. no. 4714.0) were released on 30 October 2009 and contain valuable data at the NT level for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander wellbeing. The NATSISS was conducted throughout Australia in 2008, collecting information on family and culture, health, education, law and justice, labour force and housing. For the first time, the survey collected information on children and the first results contain data for children aged 0–3 and 4–14 years. There will be more NATSISS data released over the next few months and the Confidentiality Unit Record Files (CURFs) are due in early 2010. Requests for more detailed data or additional items can be made through the ABS consultancy service on 1300 135 070. More information about the conduct of the survey, scope and data outputs is available on the ABS website.
MORE TERRITORIANS NOW OWN THEIR OWN HOME OUTRIGHT
Did you know that the proportion of households in the NT (excluding those in very remote areas) that owned their home without a mortgage almost doubled between 1997–98 and 2007–08 (up from 10% to 19%) but still fell well short of the national average of 33%? And that the proportion of households in the NT that were renting in 2007–08 remained the highest in the nation at 42%? This data, and other information about changes in housing occupancy and costs over time and between the states and territories, can be found in the publication Housing Occupancy and Costs, 2007-08 (cat. no. 4130.0). The publication also reveals that in 2007–08 NT households incurred housing costs that were comparable with those incurred by their interstate counterparts when measured as a proportion of gross income, regardless of whether they owned their home outright or with a mortgage or rented from a public housing authority or private landlord.
DECLINE IN VALUE OF NT IMPORTS AND EXPORTS
The value of NT's imports and exports of merchandise goods in September 2009 remained significantly lower than in September 2008, down 36% and 53% respectively. The value of exports continued to exceed the value of imports, and in September 2009 export value exceeded import value by $47m.
For more information see International Trade in Goods and Services, Australia (cat. no. 5368.0).
BIRTHS AND DEATHS
The publication Births, Australia, 2008 (cat. no. 3301.0) provides detailed statistics about live births and fertility in Australia. For example, in 2008 the NT continued to experience the highest teenage fertility rate of any state or territory, despite declining from 58.8 babies per 1,000 woman aged 15-19 years in 2007 to 52.2 in 2008. Despite an increase in the fertility rate for women aged 30-34 years in the NT (up from 98.5 babies per 1,000 women in 2007 to 105.4 babies in 2008), women aged 25–29 years continued to record the highest fertility rate of all age groups (111.1 babies per 1,000 women).
A standardised death rate for the NT of 9.2 persons per 1,000 population is reported in the recently released publication Deaths, Australia, 2008 (cat. no. 3302.0). The NT had the highest standardised death rate of any state or territory. The median age at death for all persons in the NT was 61.5 years.
CONSTRUCTION BOOM OR BUST
According to the latest issue of Building Approvals, Australia, Sep 2009 (cat. no. 8731.0), the number of dwelling units approved in the NT declined from 98 in August 2009 to 96 in September 2009 (trend estimate). The NT was the only state or territory to record a decline in approvals for that month, and approvals have been declining in the NT since June 2009 when there were 102 approvals. In contrast, the latest issue of Building Activity, Australia, Jun 2009 (cat. no. 8752.0) indicates the NT was the only state or territory to record an increase in the number of dwelling unit commencements during June Quarter 2009, up by four commencements to 302 (trend estimate) since March Quarter 2009.
Education News (cat. no. 1330.0) is a newsletter that highlights the latest curriculum-related teaching resources, student activities and statistical tools that have been developed by ABS Educational Services and other resources that are useful for schools. The October 2009 issue provides, among other things, information about the new online registration form for CensusAtSchool to make it easier for teachers to get their students involved in next year's questionnaire, a classroom idea using CensusAtSchool data, and information about improvements to ABS' education webpages.
WORKING PARENTS PRESSED FOR TIME
Extra hours, multiple jobs and weekend work are all cutting into Australian family life, according to Australian Social Trends, Sep 2009 (cat. no. 4102.0). This quarterly publication presents statistical analysis and commentary on a wide range of current social issues. This issue includes articles on work and family balance, people with more than one job, children who are overweight or obese, and expanding links with China and India.
HOW MUCH DO YOU EARN COMPARED TO THE AVERAGE JOE?
Have you ever wondered how Territorians earnings compare to those in other states? What about the difference in earnings between males and females? The publication Average Weekly Earnings, Australia, Aug 2009 (cat. no. 6302.0) contains estimates of average weekly ordinary time earnings and average weekly total earnings for all employees, classified by sector and state or territory, and by industry at the Australian level, for males, females and persons.
Trend series data for August 2009 shows that Territorians had the third highest total average weekly earnings ($994.20) behind the Australian Capital Territory ($1,108.30) and Western Australia ($1,019.60). Total average weekly earnings for females in the NT were the second highest in the nation at $864.50, less than females in the Australian Capital Territory who earned $974.30 per week. Males in the NT ranked fifth at $1,125.80.
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