1392.0 - Statistical News SA, Mar 2011  
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SA Stats

SA Stats provides an overview of the state's population and economy. This publication is updated on a monthly basis, with most releases also containing a feature article on socio-economic and environmental issues of interest.

Over the next few months, SA Stats will cease and a new state based web product will be released. It is anticipated that the new product will be available from July 2011. The ABS is reviewing all the state based web releases to produce a single web portal that retains information of relevance to the individual jurisdictions, while also providing consistent content, better comparability, to optimise the utility of such products for users, and to turn them into tools that build statistical literacy. Users should find the new product easier to navigate and more visually pleasing. SA Stats will continue in its current form until the new product is available.

SA Stats, February 2011

The February edition of SA Stats includes an article on 'Young People, Sports and Physical Recreation in South Australia' which examines the sports and physical recreation participation rate of young South Australians aged 15-24 years. The article found that in 2009-10, there was a significant difference in the participation rate for males aged 15-17 years (91%) when compared to males aged 18-24 years (66%). In contrast, there was little difference in the participation rate for females (65% for 15-17 year olds compared to 69% for 18-24 year olds).

SA Stats, January 2011

January's feature article focuses on actions adopted by South Australian households in relation to water conservation. Between 2000-01 and 2009-10, the average daily water use by South Australian households fell from 756 litres to 501 litres. This was also a period that saw the introduction of water saving strategies by the South Australian Government. Almost half (49%) of South Australian households used water from rainwater tanks, the highest of all states and territories in Australia.

SA Stats, December 2010

The December edition of SA Stats includes an article on women in South Australia's workforce. The article examines the size and composition of the South Australian labour force, highlighting significant changes that have occurred over the last decade. Women are now holding more of South Australia's highest skilled occupations (43.4% in 2009 compared to 38.8% in 1999), while the proportion of female executives within the South Australian public sector has increased over the previous decade from 20.4% in 1999 to 38.7% in 2009.

Population by Age and Sex, Australian States and Territories

Released on 21 December 2010, Population by Age and Sex, Australian States and Territories, Jun 2010 (cat. no. 3201.0) contains estimates of the population for each state and territory in Australia, classified by sex and single years of age. The publication also includes sex ratios and median and mean ages of the population.

Key findings for South Australia (for the year ended 30 June 2010) include:

  • South Australia had the second oldest population of all states and territories in Australia, with a median age of 39.2 years.
  • South Australia's working aged population (those aged 15-64 years) increased by 1.1%, slightly behind the national average of 1.6%.
  • South Australia, like most other states and territories in Australia, had a lower number of males compared to females (97.7 males per 100 females). The opposite was seen in Western Australia (102.9 males per 100 females) and the Northern Territory (107.6 males per 100 females).

Disability, Ageing and Careers, Australia

Released on 16 December 2010, Disability, Ageing and Carers, Australia: Summary of Findings (cat. no. 4430.0) presents results from the 2009 Survey of Disability, Ageing and Carers. The survey collects information about people with a disability, older people (those aged 60 years and over) and people who provide assistance to older people and people with disabilities.

State and territory level data for the survey was released on 1 March 2011. South Australia's overall disability rate decreased from 23.8% in 2003 to 20.9% in 2009. The largest reduction in the disability rate at the state level occurred in Queensland, which dropped from 22.1% to 17.9%. South Australia had the second highest rate of profound or severe core activity limitation (6.4%) behind Tasmania (6.8%), reflecting the age structure of these states.

Australian Wine and Grape Industry

Australian Wine and Grape Industry, 2010 (cat. no. 1329.0) was released on 7 December 2010. It presents a statistical overview of Australia's wine and grape industry, including information on area of vines and production of grapes, wine production and grapes crushed, domestic wine sales and exports and imports of wine.

South Australia continues to be the largest winemaking state in Australia. In 2009-10, SA was responsible for 43% of the total national wine grape crush, followed by New South Wales/ACT (37%) and Victoria (16%). A third (33%) of Australia's wineries are located in South Australia, followed by Victoria (23%) and New South Wales/ACT (21%). In 2009-10, South Australia's total exported wine value was $1.33 billion, a decrease from $1.57 billion in 2008-09 and $1.85 billion in 2007-08.