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1308.7 - Inform NT, Mar 2011  
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NT Summary Statistics
The NT Goes Walkabout
NT Choosing Not To Marry
NT Has Highest Imprisonment Rate
NT Boasts Lowest Unemployment Rate In Australia
NT Has Newest Cars
NT Continuing To Grow
NT Keen on Watching Sport
Number of Darwin Households Expected to Increase Rapidly
Crime Rates Decrease In NT
Selected Publication Release Dates


Cat. no.Selected data

3101.0Estimated resident population (preliminary) 30 Jun 2010
22 342.4
6202.0Total persons employed (trend) Feb 2011
11 443.7
6202.0Total persons unemployed (trend) Feb 2011
6202.0Unemployment rate (trend) Feb 2011
6202.0Workforce Participation rate (trend) Feb 2011
6202.0Civilian Population aged 15 years and over(a),
18 292.9
8731.0Total dwelling units approved %, change from previous month (trend) Jan 2011
8731.0Total dwelling units approved, % change from previous month (trend), Dec 2010
6401.0Consumer Price Index (CPI), % change from Dec Qtr 2009 to Dec Qtr 2010 
6401.0Consumer Price Index (CPI), % change from Sep Qtr 2010 to Dec Qtr 2010

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

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


Statistics published in the latest edition of Participation in Sport & Physical Recreation, 2009-10 (cat. no. 4177.0) show that more Territorians who participate in sport and recreation choose to do so by walking (23%) than by any other means. Cycling/BMXing and aerobics/fitness/gym were jointly the second most popular way of participating at 12%.

The publication has also shown that in the NT overall participation has risen from approximately 58% in 2005-06 to 72% in 2009-10. The NT now has the second highest participation in sport and physical recreation of all the states and territories, behind only the ACT (77%).


In 2009, the NT had the lowest marriage rate of all the states and territories, with four weddings registered in the NT for every 1 000 people. Queensland had the highest marriage rate of all the states and territories, with six marriages for every 1 000 people. The NT also had the lowest proportion of marriages performed by ministers of religion (26%). Of all the couples who were married in the NT, 85% had lived together before marriage. Further, the NT also had the lowest rate of divorce in 2009 (two divorces registered in the NT per 1 000 estimated resident population).

For more information about marriages see Marriages and Divorces, Australia, 2009 (cat no. 3310.0).


The NT has continued to have the highest imprisonment rates of all the states and territories. As of 30 June 2010, 663 in every 100 000 adults were incarcerated, a total of 1 097 people in the NT. Of these people who were incarcerated, 96% were male and 81% were Indigenous. In 2010, the majority (67%) of people in gaol in the NT had been previously incarcerated. The ABS also publishes data on the most serious offence/charge for each person incarcerated in Australia.

For more information, see Prisoners in Australia, 2010 (cat no. 4517.0)


The NT had the lowest unemployment rate of all the states and territories in January 2011, with an unemployment rate of 2.3% compared to a national rate of 5.1%. The NT also had the second highest participation rate of all the states and territories. More than seven in ten (72%) people in the NT aged 15 years or over were in the workforce or looking for work, second to the ACT (74%). A higher proportion of men than women were either working or looking for work in the NT, with 77% of men aged 15 years and older in the labour force, compared to 68% of women.

For more information about employment in the NT, see Labour Force, Australia (cat no. 6202.0)


Territorians have the newest registered vehicles, according to the Motor Vehicle Census (cat no. 9309.0) at 31 March 2010 . The average age of a vehicle registered in the NT was just nine years old, compared to ten years old across Australia. The number of vehicles registered in the NT has grown by 23% in the five years since 31 March 2005, the fastest increase of all the states and territories. Of the vehicles registered in the NT, 63% were passenger vehicles, 26% were light commercial vehicles, and 4% were motor cycles.


The estimated resident population of the NT grew approximately 2% in the 12 months from June 2009 to June 2010, reaching an estimated population of 229 700. This is similar to the national population growth rate. The majority (87%) of this population growth was caused by natural increase (i.e. population change from estimated numbers of births and deaths). The NT also had the youngest population in Australia, with a median age of just 31 years compared to an Australian median age of 37 years. The NT also had the highest sex ratio in Australia with 108 males for every 100 females, compared to a national ratio of 99 males for every 100 females.

For more information about the NT population, see Australian Demographic Statistics, Jun 2010 (cat no. 3101.0)


The NT has the highest rate of spectators at sporting events, with 59% of people attending a sporting event. NSW had the lowest attendance, with only 38% of people attending a sporting event. The most popular sports to attend in the NT were motor sports (29%) and Australian Rules football (24%)

For more information about watching sport, see Spectator Attendance at Sporting Events, 2009-10 (cat no 4174.0)


The number of households in Darwin is projected to increase from 40 100 households in 2006 to 65 500 households by 2031. This is an average annual growth rate of 2%. It is similar to the projected growth rate of other capital cities Perth and Brisbane, which are also expected to grow at 2%.

For more information about the future of Australian households see Australian Social Trends, Dec 2010 (cat no. 4102.0).


According to ABS data (Crime Victimisation, Australia, 2009-10, cat no. 4530.0), the rate of some crimes has been decreasing in the NT. The rate of malicious property damage decreased from 20% of households in 2008-9 to 13% in 2009-10 in urban areas. Of households which were victims of malicious property damage, 72% experienced one incident, 16% experienced two incidents and 13% experienced three or more incidents. However, the NT also had the lowest percentage of people reporting no concerns about social disorder at 28%.


Below is a list of selected publication releases containing NT data for the next three months. Publications with multiple issues 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.


23 MarAustralian Social Trends, Mar 2011
2 Jun
15 Jun
17 Jun
Recorded Crime - Victims, Australia, 2010
Corrective Services, Australia, March 2011
Private Hospitals, Australia, 2009-10


29 MarAustralian Demographic Statistics, Sep 2010
31 Mar
5 Apr
3 May
17 May
24 May
16 Jun
Regional Population Growth, Australia, 2009-10
Overseas Arrivals and Departures, Australia, Feb 2011
Causes of Death, Australia, 2009
Demography News, May 2011
Characteristics of Recent Migrants, Australia, Nov 2010
Migration, Australia, 2009-10


30 MarJob Vacancies, Australia, Feb 2011
30 Mar
31 Mar
31 Mar
1 Apr
1 Apr
5 Apr
6 Apr
6 Apr
7 Apr
7 Apr
11 Apr
12 Apr
12 Apr
14 Apr
19 Apr
19 Apr
27 Apr
2 May
4 May
16 May
16 May
16 May
19 May
26 May

30 May
8 Jun
Tourist Accommodation, Australia, Dec 2010
Retail Trade, Australia, Feb 2011
Building Approvals, Australia, Feb 2011
Internet Activity, Australia, Dec 2010
Australian Labour Market Statistics, Apr 2011
International Trade in Goods and Services, Australia, Feb 2011
Housing Finance, Australia, Feb 2011
Tourist Accommodation, Small Area Data, Northern Territory, Dec 2010
Labour Force, Australia, Mar 2011
Livestock and Meat, Australia, Feb 2011
Lending Finance, Australia, Feb 2011
Taxation Revenue, Australia, 2009-10
Government Finance Statistics, Australia, 2009-10
Sales of New Motor Vehicles, Australia, Mar 2011
Building Activity, Australia, Dec 2010
International Merchandise Imports, Australia, Mar 2011
Consumer Price Index, Australia, Mar 2011
House Price Indexes: Eight Capital Cities, Mar 2011
Average Retail Prices of Selected Items, Eight Capital Cities, Mar 2011
Housing Finance, Australia, Mar 2011
Analytical Living Cost Indexes for Selected Australian Household Types, Mar 2011
Pensioner and Beneficiary Living Cost Index, Mar 2011
Average Weekly Earnings, Australia, Feb 2011
Labour Force Characteristics of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australian, Estimates from the Labour Force Survey, 2010
Business Indicators, Australia, Mar 2011
Mineral and Petroleum Exploration, Australia, Mar 2011

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