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Newsletters - Statistics News Northern Territory - Issue No. 12, August 2001


The 2001 Census of Population and Housing officially commenced on 25 July 2001 with The Hon Joe Hockey MP, Minister for Financial Services and Regulation, unveiling the public awareness advertising campaign at a launch event in Darwin.

Mr Dennis Trewin, the Australian Statistician, then left to deliver the first census form to one of the country's most isolated communities - the employees of the Paspaley Pearl Farm at Port Bremer. This was the first delivery in an operation that will see the distribution of more than 9 million census forms across Australia by 7 August.

The Northern Territory 2001 Census media campaign was then launched from the Paspaley Pearl Farm by Marilyn Paspaley.

For any information concerning the 2001 Census, please contact ( or the CENSUS INQUIRY SERVICE (137 219)


The Advanced Order Service (AOS) for customised data from the 2001 Census is available for a limited time only.

This service is being offered as a convenient way for clients to order customised tables from the 2001 Census. Customised tables allow clients to cross classify many Census variables and obtain data for specific geographical areas.

Demand for customised tables is high in the months following the release of Census data. Using the AOS will significantly reduce the waiting time for customised tables by enabling the specifications of table requirements whilst Census data is being processed. This will ensure that customised tables are delivered as soon as possible after the official release of the data, with the first release of data scheduled for July 2002.

ABS consultants are available to guide clients through the process and provide advice on data issues and pricing of Census output. Advance orders for customised Census data will be accepted between 1 September and 30 November 2001. For more information, see the Census pages on the ABS web site or call 1800 813 939 for an AOS information pack.


Basic Survey Design: The course includes developing survey objectives, advantages and disadvantages of various collection methodologies, data processing, and reporting of results. This is a two day course being offered on 27 and 28 August 2001.

Basic Statistical Analysis : This course develops knowledge of descriptive statistics involving analysis of one or two variables to describe data. This is a two and a half day course being offered on 29, 30, and 31 (half day) August 2001.

If you would like more information on these courses or any other statistical training, please contact Megha Raut (08 8943 2122,


The recently released ABS Information Paper: Price Index of Domestic Final Purchases, Australia (ABS 6428.0), introduces experimental index numbers for a new economy-wide price index and is the last major element of a system of price indexes developed by the ABS. This system of indexes focuses on the economy-wide analysis of inflation, providing analysts with measures which are presented from the perspectives of both producers and purchasers. The experimental Domestic Final Purchases Index is intended to complement other available indexes, in particular the Stage of Production Producer Price Indexes, the Wage Cost Index and the Export Price Index.

It should be noted that this experimental index differs in scope, coverage and/or conceptual basis from other ABS price measures, such as the CPI, Stage of Production Producer Price Indexes and the National Accounts Domestic Final Demand chain price index, with consequent differences in results. The ABS believes this range of measures will enhance the study of price transmission processes in the Australian economy.

The ABS is keen to obtain user's reactions to the developments described in this paper, and organised a seminar on this topic which was held on Wednesday 8 August 2001 from 10.30am - 12.30pm.


The Service Industries Surveys program collects financial and employment data on selected service industries. Currently, development of the 2000-2001 sport, recreation, gambling, pubs, clubs, accommodation and business event industries surveys are being finalised. With the exception of business events, these industries have been surveyed before. Thus 2000-2001 results will show the change in the economic structure of these industries, which is expected to be significant for sports and gambling industries since they were last surveyed. The results of these surveys will be produced between March and July 2002.


The recently released ABS Information Paper: Outcomes of ABS Views on Remoteness (ABS Cat. no. 1244.0.00.001), summarises the feedback received from clients following the release in January this year of ABS Information Paper: ABS Views on Remoteness (ABS 1244.0) and responds to some commonly asked questions and suggestions. The paper also describes the changes which ABS will make in response to that feedback and further clarifies the purposes for which the new Remoteness classification should, and should not, be used. The Remoteness structure will be included in the 2001 edition of the Australian Standard Geographic Classification (ASGC) (ABS Cat. No 1216.0).


Population Projections, Northern Territory, 1999 to 2021 (ABS Cat. no. 3222.7) was released on 25 July 2001. The population of Darwin Statistical Division (SD) which includes Darwin City, Palmerston-East Arm and Litchfield is projected to increase from 103,500 in 1999 to between 126,500 and 184,500 by 2021. Darwin SD is projected to experience stronger growth than the rest of the Northern Territory, resulting in further concentration of the Northern Territory's population within the cities of Darwin and Palmerston and Litchfield Shire. By 2021, 56-60% of Territorians will be living in these areas compared to 54% in 1999.

The population of Palmerston-East Arm is projected to double from 19,600 in 1999 to between 36,600 and 42,000 in 2021 as it continues to absorb much of the population increase in Darwin SD, primarily due to the limited land capacity in Darwin City. As Palmerston nears capacity, it is expected that a new satellite city, called Weddell, will emerge in Litchfield between 2009 and 2019. Weddell could reach a population of between 2,900 and 27,700 by 2021. The population of Litchfield as a whole is expected to at least double, increasing from 15,400 in 1999 to between 29,400 and 59,500 in 2021.

Katherine and Tennant Creek are both projected to experience slow growth. Katherine could grow from 9,900 in 1999 to between 11,400 and 13,800 in 2021, while Tennant Creek could grow from 3,900 to between 4,100 and 5,200 over the same period. The population of Nhulunbuy is projected to decline slowly from 3,600 in 1999 to between 2,900 and 3,500 in 2021. In contrast the population of Alice Springs is projected to grow steadily in some projections, increasing from 25,500 in 1999 to between 27,600 and 30,900 in 2021, but declines slightly in other projections to 25,200 by 2021.

Pyramid graph - NT and Australia age structure, projected at 30 June 2021


Population by Age and Sex, Northern Territory, 30 June 2000 (ABS Cat. no. 3235.7) was released on 29 June 2001. Males continue to significantly outnumber females in the Northern Territory, with 112 males for every 100 females. Nationally there are 99 males for every 100 females. At 30 June 2000 the highest ratios of males to females were in the areas of East Arm (which includes a prison) and Litchfield Shire - Part A (which includes Robertson Barracks). Males outnumbered females in all but four suburbs in Darwin and Palmerston (The Gardens, Wanguri, Moulden and Woodroffe).

The age structure of the Northern Territory's population at 30 June 2000 also remains quite different from that of the total Australian population. The median age of Territorians at 30 June 2000 was 29 years, which is six years younger than the national median age of 35.2 years. The Northern Territory continues to have the highest proportion of people aged 14 years and under of any State or Territory (26% compared with 20% nationally) and the lowest proportion of people aged 65 years and over (4% compared with 12% nationally).


Australian Social Trends, 2001 (ABS Cat. no. 4102.0) was released on 6 June 2001. The eighth edition presents statistical analysis and summary tables on a wide range of current social issues in the areas of population; families; health; education and training; work; income; and housing. Key social indicators provide an overview of social change over the past decade as well as showing how social conditions differ across States and Territories. A set of international tables also compares Australia with 18 other nations. Previous editions of Australian Social Trends are available free from 'Australia Now' on the ABS web site (


Cat. No.TitlePrice
3101.0Australian Demographic Statistics, Dec Qtr 2000 $22.00
3222.0Population Projections, Australia, 1999-2101 $37.00
3222.7Population Projections, Northern Territory, 1999-2021$24.00
3235.7Population by Age and Sex, Northern Territory, June 2000 $19.00
3401.0Overseas Arrivals and Departures, Australia, July 2001 $18.50
4102.0Australian Social Trends, 2001 $44.00
4510.0Recorded Crime, Australia, 2000 $21.00
4512.0Corrective Services, Australia, March Qtr 2001 $21.00
4613.0Australia's Environment: Issues and Trends, 2001 $38.00
4704.0The Health and Welfare of Australia's Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples, 2001 $44.00
6202.0Labour Force, Australia, Preliminary, July 2001 $20.00
6248.0Wage and Salary Earners, Australia, March 2001 $20.00
6302.0Average Weekly Earnings, States and Australia, May 2001 $20.00
6401.0Consumer Price Index, Australia, June Qtr 2001 $19.50
6403.0Average Retail Prices of Selected Items, Eight Capital Cities, June Qtr 2001$17.00
8501.0Retail Trade, Australia, July 2001$18.50
8634.0Tourism Indicators, Mar Qtr 2001$27.00
8635.0Tourist Accommodation, Australia, Mar Qtr 2001$22.00
8635.7.40.001Tourist Accommodation, Small Area Data, Northern Territory, Mar Qtr 2001$43.00
8731.7Building Approvals, Northern Territory, June Qtr 2001$18.00
8752.7Building Activity, Northern Territory, Mar Qtr 2001$18.00
9301.0New Motor Vehicle Registrations, Australia: Preliminary, July 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% - discounted price for Australia is $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 until September 2001 or until stocks are sold.

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