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Newsletters - Statistics News Northern Territory - Issue No. 7, December 1999

Demography, Northern Territory, 1998 (ABS Cat. no. 3311.7) was released on 22 December 1999.
The publication contains tables and commentary on Northern Territory trends in population (including the Indigenous population), births, deaths, marriages and divorces. Included are components of population change, estimated residential population and various demographic rates. Comparisons are made across States and Territories, and selected statistics are presented for the 62 statistical local areas in the Northern Territory.

The estimated resident population (ERP) of the Northern Territory at 31 December 1998 was 191,321, which was an increase of 19.2% over the last ten years. Deaths registered in the Northern Territory decreased by 0.6% between 1988 and 1998. Of the deaths registered in the Northern Territory in 1998, 47.6% were Indigenous deaths.

Demography, Northern Territory, 1998 can be purchased for $22.00 at all state/territory ABS Bookshops. If you would like further information please contact Tracey Brandrup on 8943 2152 or by email


Over 19 million! For the very latest figure, check out the population clock. It took four years and five months for the population to increase from 18 million to 19 million. The latest ABS projections suggest that it will take another six years to add the next million people to Australia's population.


Household and Family Projections, Australia, 1996 to 2021 (ABS Cat. no. 3236.0) was released on 28 October 1999. This publication provides projections of the number of households and families in Australia by State and capital city/balance of State for the period 1996 to 2021.

Some highlights are below:

Household growth in the NT is projected to be the fastest of any State or Territory, increasing by about 77% from 60,000 households in 1996 to about 105,000 in 2021.

The NT is the only State or Territory in which the number of couple families with children is projected to increase over the same period.

Household and Family Projections can be purchased for $27.00 at all State/Territory ABS Bookshops. For further information please contact Sue Taylor in Canberra on (02) 6252 6141 or email


The increasingly mobile nature of the Australian population has created a growing demand for "service population" estimates that take into account the temporary residents and visitors for whom services are provided. A service population may include fly-in/fly-out workers, short-term contract workers, tourists and other overnight visitors, as well as commuters and other day visitors to a particular area.

An ABS pilot study recently reported on the feasibility of producing service population estimates for specified Local Government Areas in Western Australia. The study investigated existing data sources and included an assessment of their applicability and availability for estimating the service populations of a range of Local Government Areas with different characteristics. For further information see Demography Working Paper 99/3 - Service Population Pilot Study: An Investigation to Assess the Feasibility of Producing Service Population Estimates for Selected LGAs.

The ABS would welcome any proposals for similar user-funded studies in the NT. Please contact Tracey Brandrup on 8943 2152 or if you are interested in sponsoring further work to explore service population estimates in the NT.


Population projections from 1997 to 2017 for Statistical Local Areas (SLAs) in the NT are now available by single year or five year age groups. These projections are based on SLA ERP's of 30 June 1997, using ASGC 1996 boundaries. Prices range from $250-$300 for projections for one SLA to $1,000-$1,500 for projections for all SLAs in the NT. For further information, contact Jim Elliott on (02) 6252 5580 or or Matthew Montgomery on (02) 6252 6487 or


Counting the Homeless, 1996 (ABS Cat. no. 2041.0, $21.00) was released on 2 December 1999.

The publication estimates that on 6 August 1996 there were 105,304 homeless people in Australia. The report by Dr. Chris Chamberlain, Head of Sociology at Monash University, analysed data from the 1996 Census, from Supported Accommodation Assistance Programs (SAAP) throughout Australia and from academic research.

The results of the study constitute important new information in the study of homelessness. This is the first time that information from these sources has been brought together in a common framework to analyse this very complex aspect of modern society.

The definition of homelessness used in the study goes beyond those people without a roof of any sort. Of those defined as homeless on census night, nearly half were staying temporarily with other households; one-fifth were in improvised dwellings, tents or sleeping out. Another 22 per cent were staying in boarding houses on either a short-term or long-term basis. Finally another 12 per cent were staying in accommodation funded under the SAAP, such as hostels, refuges, night shelters and other types of emergency accommodation.

The report estimated there were 9,900 homeless people in the NT on Census night, a rate of 523 per 10,000 population. The next highest rate was Queensland with 77 homeless people per 10,000 population. The high NT rate was largely due to Indigenous people living in improvised dwellings.

For further information, please contact Dr Chris Chamberlain
b/h (03) 9905 2968, a/h (03) 9534 7075 or mobile 0412 104 865.


The Northern Territory Regional Office is calling for expressions of interest to attend the course "Understanding Demographic Data" during 2000.

The ABS conducted the Understanding Demographic Data training course on 17 August 1999. Feedback received indicated that the course would be beneficial to staff from any agencies dealing with demographic data. The Northern Territory regional office is calling for expressions of interest in attending the Understanding Demographic Data course during 2000. Some details about the course are provided below.

Course Summary

The course will provide an understanding of the demographic data framework and the processes which shape the population and will include practical exercises in the analysis of demographic data.
Key issues to be covered during the course include:

Relationship of Population Census counts to Estimated Resident Population data.
Components of population growth - births, deaths and internal and overseas migration.
How the ABS produces population estimates and projections, including for small areas.
The relevance of demographic data to social and economic issues.
Tools for demographic analysis, with practical exercises.
Population dynamics: ie. ageing and migration effects on the population profile.
Course notes and a copy of Australian Demographic Statistics (Cat. no. 3101.0) will be provided.

Learning Outcomes

At the conclusion of the course participants will:
better understand the sources and uses of demographic data within ABS
better understand demographic concepts and analytical techniques
be able to apply and interpret rates, ratios, standardisation and crude rates

Course Information

Cost of Course

Training will cost approximately $300 per person. Continuous tea, coffee and a light lunch will be provided.
To notify an expression of interest, please contact Megha Raut on:
Phone: (08) 89432 122
Fax: (08) 89811 218

Cat. no.
        Australian Economic Indicators, January 2000 ($30.00)
        Census of Population and Housing: Occasional Paper - Counting the Homeless, 1996 ($21.00)
        Australian Demographic Statistics, June Qtr 1999 ($19.50)
        Household and Family Projections, Australia, 1996 to 2021 ($27.00)
        Births, Australia, 1998 ($26.00)
        Deaths, Australia, 1998 ($23.00)
        Causes of Death, Australia, 1998 ($24.00)
        Demography, Northern Territory, 1998 ($22.00)
        Overseas Arrivals and Departures, Australia, November 1999 ($16.50)
        Corrective Services, Australia, September Qtr 1999 ($18.00)
        The Health and Welfare of Australia's Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples, 1999 ($41.00)
        Australian National Accounts: State Accounts, 1998-99 ($28.00)
        International Merchandise Trade, Australia, September Qtr 1999 ($23.00)
        Housing Finance for Owner Occupation, Australia, October 1999 ($16.00)
        State Estimates of Private New Capital Expenditure, September Qtr 1999 ($17.00)
        Labour Force, Australia, Preliminary, December 1999 ($18.00)
        Wage and Salary Earners, Australia, June Qtr 1999 ($18.00)
        Average Weekly Earnings, States and Australia, August 1999 ($18.00)
        Wage Cost Index, Australia, September Qtr 1999 ($16.50)
        Consumer Price Index, Australia, September Qtr 1999 ($17.50)
        Average Retail Prices of Selected Items, Eight Capital Cities, Sept Qtr 1999 ($15.00)
        House Price Indexes: Eight Capital Cities, September Qtr 1999 ($15.00)
        Mineral and Petroleum Exploration, Australia, September Qtr 1999 ($15.50)
        Mining Operations, Australia, 1997-98 ($21.00)
        Directory of Mining Statistics, 1999 ($42.00)
        Retail Trade, Australia, November 1999 ($16.50)
        Tourism Indicators, Australia, June Qtr 1999 ($21.00)
        Tourist Accommodation, Australia, September Qtr 1999 ($18.50)
        Building Approvals, Australia, November 1999 ($17.00)
        Building Approvals, Northern Territory, November 1999 ($16.00)
        New Motor Vehicle Registrations, Australia: Preliminary, November 1999 ($15.00)
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