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1308.7 - Inform NT, Jun 2010  
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LATEST STATISTICS

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NT Summary Statistics
Housing Costs for Territorians on a par with other Australians
Darwin Saves on Steak
And Here's More on Steak
NT's Top Crops – Hay, Melons and Mangoes
Bakewell the Densest Place in the NT
More Territorians Go Online
Plenty of Room in the Build-up
Taxation Revenue Continues to Rise
Selected Publication Release Dates


NT SUMMARY STATISTICS

Cat. no.Selected data
Unit
NT
Aust.

3101.0Estimated resident population (preliminary), 30 Sep 2009
'000
227.0
22 065.7
6202.0Total persons employed (trend), May 2010
'000
122.2
11 044.6
6202.0Total persons unemployed (trend), May 2010
'000
3.7
610.4
6202.0Unemployment rate (trend), May 2010
%
2.9
5.2
6202.0Unemployment rate (trend), Apr 2010
%
3.0
5.3
6202.0Civilian population aged 15 years and over(a), May 2010
'000
170.7
17 910.4
8731.0Total dwelling units approved, % change from previous month (trend), Apr 2010
%
-1.1
8731.0Total dwelling units approved, % change from previous month (trend), Mar 2010
%
-4.7
0.4
6401.0Consumer Price Index (CPI), % change Mar Qtr 2009 to Mar Qtr 2010
%
3.5(b)
2.9(c)
6401.0Consumer Price Index (CPI), % change Dec Qtr 2009 to Mar Qtr 2010
%
0.5(b)
0.9(c)


(a) See Labour Force, Australia (cat. no. 6202.0), Explanatory Notes para 10.
(b) Darwin.
(c) Weighted average of eight capital cities.

– nil or rounded to zero

For further statistics about the NT see Regional Statistics, Northern Territory (cat. no. 1362.7).


HOUSING COSTS FOR TERRITORIANS ON A PAR WITH OTHER AUSTRALIANS

NT households that owned their home outright spent a similar proportion of their gross income on housing costs as the rest of the nation in 2007-08, according to the feature article 'Housing costs for Northern Territorians on a par with other Australians', in the latest issue of Regional Statistics, Northern Territory, May 2010 (cat. no. 1362.7). NT households that owned their home outright spent about 2% of their gross income on housing costs, while households that were paying off a mortgage or renting spent about 16%. This issue also added data on economic activity, including building activity, public housing, imports and exports, to the wide range of statistics about the NT and its regions already released in previous issues.


DARWIN SAVES ON STEAK

Darwin's T-bone and chuck steaks (1kg) were the cheapest of any capital city for March Qtr 2010. Whole fresh chicken (1kg) and low alcohol beer (per 285ml glass) were also cheapest in Darwin. However, that's where the savings end as Darwin recorded the highest average retail price for 28 of 51 selected items including fresh fruit and vegetables, milk and bread.

Further information can be found in Average Retail Prices of Selected Items, Eight Capital Cities, Mar 2010 (cat. no. 6403.0.55.001).


AND HERE'S MORE ON STEAK

Approximately 90 tonnes of red meat was produced in the NT in March 2010. Of this, 85 tonnes was beef, produced from the slaughter of 400 cattle, and 4 tonnes was veal, produced from the slaughter of 100 calves.

Further information can be found in Livestock and Meat, Australia, Mar 2010 (cat. no. 7218.0.55.001).


NT'S TOP CROPS – HAY, MELONS AND MANGOES

Almost 90% (48 million hectares (ha)) of the NT's estimated 54 million ha area of holding was allocated to grazing in 2008–09. By far the largest grazing stock was meat cattle at almost 1.7 million head of cattle. The area of holding for crops was close to 14,000 ha with some of the larger crop productions being almost 38,000 tonnes of hay, nearly 22,000 tonnes of melons and over 10,000 tonnes of mangoes.

Further information can be found in Agricultural Commodities, Australia, 2008–09 (cat. no. 7121.0).


BAKEWELL THE DENSEST PLACE IN THE NT

The Statistical Local Area of Bakewell had the highest population density in the NT at 30 June 2009, with an estimated 2,800 people per square kilometre, closely followed by Nightcliff and Wagaman each with 2,700 people per square kilometre.

The NT's population was estimated to be 225,900 people at 30 June 2009, an increase of 2.5% over the preceding 12 months. The SLA with the largest increase was Palmerston (C) Bal (which includes the suburbs of Farrar, Marlow Lagoon and Rosebery) which grew by 575 people or 13.7%.

Further information can be found in Regional Population Growth, Australia, 2008-09 (cat. no. 3218.0).


MORE TERRITORIANS GO ONLINE

Internet access in the Territory continues to grow with 94,000 subscriptions to Internet Service Providers at December 2009. The number of internet access subscriptions has increased by 36% since December 2008 and 96% since December 2007.

Further information can be found in Internet Activity, Australia, Dec 2009 (cat. no. 8153.0).


PLENTY OF ROOM IN THE BUILD-UP

Hotels, motels and serviced apartments in the NT recorded nearly 300,000 guest arrivals in the Dec Qtr 2009, taking almost $56 million. The average length of stay was 2.2 days and the average room occupancy rate was 58%. The Tourist Region with the highest average room occupancy rate was Darwin at 63%, followed by Alice Springs (60%), Katherine Daly (52%) and Kakadu Arnhem (40%).

Further information can be found in Tourist Accommodation, Small Area Data, Northern Territory, Dec 2009 (cat. no. 8635.7.55.001).


TAXATION REVENUE CONTINUES TO RISE

Territorians paid $479 million in NT and Local Government taxes in 2008–09, an increase of $17 million on the previous financial year. The largest taxation revenue areas were $151 million from employers payroll taxes and $110 million from financial and capital transactions taxes.

Further information can be found in Taxation Revenue, Australia, 2008–09 (cat. no. 5506.0).


SELECTED PUBLICATION RELEASE DATES

Below is a list of selected publication releases containing NT data for the next three months. Publications with more than one issue due to be released during the period are listed only once. Please note some release dates may change after the publication of this newsletter. For all publication release dates please refer to the ABS Release Calendar.

Release datePublication
Cat. no.

Social

18 AugCultural Funding by Government, Australia, 2008–09
27 AugRegional Statistics, Northern Territory, Aug 2010
20 SepInternet Activity, Australia, Jun 2010

Demography

29 JunAustralian Demographic Statistics, Dec 2009
6 JulOverseas Arrivals and Departures, Australia, May 2010
29 JulMigration, Australia, 2008–09
5 AugPopulation by Age and Sex, Regions of Australia, 2009
30 AugMarriages and Divorces, Australia, 2009
16 SepAustralian Standard Geographical Classification (ASGC), Jul 2010

Economy

1 JulJob Vacancies, Australia, May 2010
1 JulRetail Trade, Australia, May 2010
1 JulBuilding Approvals, Australia, May 2010
6 JulInternational Trade in Goods and Services, Australia, May 2010
7 JulLivestock and Meat, Australia, May 2010
7 JulTourist Accommodation, Small Area Data, Northern Territory, Mar 2010
8 JulLabour Force, Australia, Jun 2010
12 JulHousing Finance, Australia, May 2010
13 JulLending Finance, Australia, May 2010
14 JulBuilding Activity, Australia, Mar 2010
15 JulSales of New Motor Vehicles, Australia, Jun 2010
28 JulConsumer Price Index, Australia, Jun 2010
4 AugAverage Retail Prices of Selected Items, Eight Capital Cities, Jun 2010
4 AugHouse Price Indexes: Eight Capital Cities, Jun 2010
18 AugLabour Price Index, Australia, Jun 2010
19 AugAverage Weekly Earnings, Australia, May 2010
31 AugGovernment Finance Statistics, Australia, Jun Qtr 2010
1 SepAustralian National Accounts: National Income, Expenditure and Product, Jun 2010
2 SepIndustrial Disputes, Australia, Jun 2010
8 SepMineral and Petroleum Exploration, Australia, Jun 2010



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