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Newsletters - Statistics News Northern Territory - Issue No. 11, April 2001


Measuring a nation's progress - providing information about whether life is getting better is one of the most important tasks that a national statistical agency can take on. Recent years have seen growing public interest in the inter-relationships between the economy, society and the environment. Measuring Australia's Progress (MAP), is an exciting new ABS project that will consider some of the key measures of progress and discuss how they are linked with one another.

It is intended that the Measuring Australia's Progress publication will assess progress in Australia across the environmental, social and economic aspects of life and will be updated on a regular basis. The publication intends to measure progress by presenting a set of 15 headline indicators which consider areas as diverse as health, education, employment, income, crime, wildlife and greenhouse gases, along with many more.

The project has been underway for almost a year now and the ABS has received continual feedback from subject matter experts from both within and outside the ABS. The ABS conducted user consultation in Darwin on Tuesday 8 May, from 9.30am to 11.00am, which provided those attending with an outline of the proposed content and design of the publication and the opportunity for discussion.


The draft report from the Review of ABS Relationship with Local Government has been released and follow up discussions regarding the review have taken place with NT Local Government authorities. One of the main recommendations of the report, is that a standard set of data be disseminated for local government finance statistics with a more relevant purpose classification for the sector. The final report is expected to be available by mid year.

For further information please contact Geoff Brown (08 8943 2164, ). Further information about the review is also available on the ABS web site under Regional Statistics on the Themes page.


The ABS has recently released the Integrated Regional Database (IRDB) 2001 (ABS cat. no. 1353.0), a user friendly CD-ROM product which contains a large volume of regional (generally SLA and postcode) data including population, social and economic information as well as population projections. This data is sourced from many different ABS collections, and from other government agencies. The product also includes digital boundaries and base map data, with software to produce tables, maps and graphs. The product is available at National and State/Territory levels.

Integrated Regional Database (IRDB) 2001 is priced at $3,460.00 for NT only, ($2,075 for an upgrade) and $5,350 for all of Australia, ($3,210 for an upgrade) GST inclusive. For further information (including any discounts that may apply) or to organise a demonstration of the IRDB 2001, contact Victoria Holland (08 8943 2174, ). Further information about the review is also available via the ABS web site under Regional Statistics on the Themes page


Census staff are on the move across the Territory with the bright blue, yellow and white 2001 Census logos already being spotted in some of the NT's most remote towns and locations. The remote-based Census Field Officers (CFOs) headed out from Darwin in late March to start the first phase of the huge, five-yearly stocktake of the nation on 7 August 2001.

The officers will spend the next two months explaining about the Census and recruiting collectors at remote communities - about 400 Indigenous interviewers will be employed across the Territory for the 2001 Census.

The 1.4 million square kilometres of the Territory has been divided into seven major sections for the 2001 Census. NT officers will be responsible this year for counting the Pitjantjatjara population of northern South Australia.

In 2001, for the first time, the ATSIC-commissioned Community Household Infrastructure Needs Survey (CHINS) has been planned to coincide with the initial "public relations" phase of the Census.

In the Territory about 200 part-time Census collectors will be needed across rural and urban parts - with about 150 needed in Darwin and its rural areas, 30 in Alice Springs and Tennant Creek and 20 across other parts.

The Census, dubbed Australia's biggest regular peacetime operation, plays a big role in identifying where services are most needed to best serve the community now and in the future. Population estimates, based on the Census, are used to determine the number of seats in local and national electorates and in the allocation of financial assistance grants to the States and Territories.

A host of strategies are in place to target special groups, such as the homeless and people from diverse backgrounds. Darwin-based Census officers are working with key people from the community to work out how best to make sure no one is overlooked in the 7 August count. A temporary office has also been set up in Alice Springs to coordinate data collection across Central Australia.


As a result of the 2001 Annual Statistical Service offered to the NT Government, the ABS will undertake two outpostings.

The first outposting will be to complete a joint Territory Health Services/Territory Housing, Supported Accommodation Assistance Program (SAAP) data project. The project will address the issue of Territorians with housing needs not able to be met by the private market, who move from SAAP services to Territory Housing public housing services and vice-versa.

The second outposting will be to NT Police, Fire and Emergency Services (NTPFES), to complete a project that will identify all data collection activities within NTPFES, and will investigate data management issues. The project will address these issues from a national standards perspective, and also with a view to standardising concepts across the key criminal justice systems in the NT. The project will also investigate the most appropriate methodologies for the collection and recording of Indigenous Identification.


NEW! Indigenous Demographic Trends courses in Darwin

The aim of this one day course is to provide an understanding of the main demographic trends in the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander (Indigenous) population. The course covers the key issues associated with collecting, estimating and projecting relevant statistics. The location and number of Indigenous people, the changing propensity to identify as Indigenous, fertility, mortality, migration and population projections for Indigenous people will be explored. The course will provide participants with the skills to better understand the complex issues of Indigenous demographics and trends, and will provide a sound basis for reporting, planning and policy development. The course costs $380 per participant (including a light lunch). The next courses are on the 24th or 25th May in Darwin.

Following is a list of statistical training courses that are available through the ABS. If you are interested in more information on any of the courses please use the links below

Indigenous Demographic Trends
Introduction to Statistics
Introduction to Sampling Techniques
Principles of Questionnaire Design
Basic Survey Design
Analysing Survey Data Made Simple
Turning Data into Information
Understanding Demographic Data
Producing Statistics from Administrative Data Collections
Focus Group Techniques

or please contact Megha Raut who may also be able to arrange customised ABS’ training courses (08 8943 2122,


Regional Population Growth, Australia, 1999-2000 (ABS Cat. no. 3218.0) was released on 20 February 2001. The publication contains estimates of the resident population of Local Government Areas (LGAs), Statistical Local Areas (SLAs), Statistical Subdivisions (SSDs), States, Territories and Australia at 30 June 1995 (final), 1999 (revised) and 2000 (preliminary).

The Estimated Resident Population (ERP) of the Northern Territory at June 2000 was 195,463, an increase of 2,739 since June 1999. Population growth in the Northern Territory slowed in 1999-2000 to 1.4% from an average annual growth rate of 1.9% experienced for the five years to June 2000 but had the second fastest growth for the year compared to the other Australian States after Queensland (1.7%).

Palmerston-East Arm was the largest growth area in the Northern Territory, growing 81.5% from 12,175 in 1995 to 21,209 in June 2000. In the 12 months to June 2000 the population increased 23%, while the largest growth for elsewhere in the Territory occurred in City -Inner (Darwin City) (9.6%), Coconut Grove (8%), Stuart Park (6.8%) and Larrakeyah (6.3%). Palmerston contributed 57% (1,561) of the 2,739 increase in population in the Northern Territory in 1999-2000.
Regional Population Growth, Australia, 1999-2000

Migration, Australia, 1999-2000 (ABS cat. no. 3412.0) was released on 15 March 2001. This publication brings together statistics and indicators for international migration into and out of Australia and internal migration within Australia. The publication also includes special articles on illegal entrants and overstayers, recent migrants in the labour force and the longitudinal survey of immigrants to Australia.

The number of interstate moves increased by 3%, from 358,000 in 1998-99 to 367,400 in 1999-2000. The Northern Territory received the youngest interstate migrants with a median age of 26 years.

Internet Activity, Australia (ABS cat. no. 8153.0) a new quarterly publication was released on 30 April 2001 and contains details of internet activity facilitated by Internet Service Providers (ISPs) in Australia, including Northern Territory. It includes characteristics and location of ISP customers and their internet usage, and the nature of related telecommunications infrastructure. Broad level statistics include the number of business and private Internet subscribers, ISP subscriber churn rate, the number and types of accounts offered by ISPs, the volume of traffic through ISPs to internet subscribers, the number of lines providing internet connectivity to subscribers and subscriber to infrastructure ratios etc.

The quarterly frequency of the collection provides an indication of the growth/ rationalisation of ISPs and the number of Australians and Australian businesses obtaining access to the internet through ISPs. It also indicates movements in the type and amount of infrastructure available to provide connectivity to the internet.


Cat. No.Title

1244 Information Paper: ABS Views on Remoteness, 2001 ($10.00)
1301 Year Book, Australia, 2001 ($80.00)
1350 Australian Economic Indicators, April 2001 ($34.00)
1360 Measuring Australia's Economy, 2001 ($46.00)
3101 Australian Demographic Statistics, Sep Qtr 2000 ($21.00)
3218 Regional Population Growth, Australia, 1999-2000 ($31.00)
3222 Population Projections, Australia, 1999-2101 ($37.00)
3311.7 Demography, Northern Territory, 1999 ($25.00)
3401 Overseas Arrivals and Departures, Australia, February 2001 ($18.50)
3412 Migration, Australia, 1999-2000 ($33.00)
4512 Corrective Services, Australia Dec Qtr 2000 ($21.00)
5302 Balance of Payments and International Investment Position, Australia,Dec Qtr 2000 ($24.00)
5422 International Merchandise Trade, Australia, Dec Qtr 2000 ($26.00)
5609 Housing Finance for Owner Occupation, Australia, January 2001 ($18.00)
6202 Labour Force, Australia, March 2001 ($20.00)
6248 Wage and Salary Earners, Australia, Sep Qtr 2000 ($20.00)
6302 Average Weekly Earnings, States and Australia, November 2000 ($20.00)
6401 Consumer Price Index, Australia, Dec Qtr 2000 ($19.50)
6403 Average Retail Prices of Selected Items, Eight Capital Cities, Dec Qtr 2000 ($17.00)
8501 Retail Trade, Australia, January 2001 ($18.50
8634 Tourism Indicators, Australia Sep Qtr 2000 ($27.00)
8635 Tourist Accommodation, Australia, Sep Qtr 2000 ($21.00)
8635.7.40.001 Tourist Accommodation, Small Area Data, Northern Territory, Sep Qtr 2000 ($43.00)
8731.7 Building Approvals, Northern Territory, Dec Qtr 2000 ($18.00)
8752.7 Building Activity, Northern Territory, Dec Qtr 2000 ($18.00)
9301 New Motor Vehicle Registrations, Australia: Preliminary, February 2001 ($17.00)

Millennium Pack - 2001 Australia Year Book plus 2000 issue for only $100.00 (save $57.00)

Discounts available for Census 96 products:
    CDATA96 discounted by 30% - price for Australia is now $8480.00 incl GST.
    Detailed Base Map, Add-On Datapaks and SEIFA discounted by 50% and
    all Census publications and Social Atlases discounted by 40%.

The discounts are available till September 2001 or until stocks are sold.

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