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Newsletters - Statistics News Northern Territory - Issue No. 8, March 2000


Paula Sutherland commenced as the Northern Territory Client Services new Branch Director in April, joining us from the Statistical Co-ordination Branch of the ABS Victorian Office.


The ABS NT Office will be conducting CDATA96 training on 19 and 20 April 2000. The training sessions are designed to meet the needs of CDATA users at the basic and intermediate levels. For further information please contact Megha Raut on (08) 8943 2122 or email


The Northern Territory office Telephone Inquiry Service (TIS), along with TIS’ from all other states and territories has moved across to ABS' National Inquiry Service from 6 March 2000. The new numbers for all enquiries are as follows: NIS Telephone Number: 1300 135 070, Fax Number: 1300 135 211.


The ABS, as a result of a wide ranging review of its Building Statistics program, has recently redeveloped its core classificatory basis - the Functional Classification of Buildings (FCB). The FCB is a classification intended to classify buildings according to the stated predominant function or purpose of the building. It is used by a number of ABS economic collections, including Building Approvals and Building Activity.

The 1999 FCB review had a significant focus upon retention and improvement of the distinctions within the classification, whilst taking into account new and emerging trends within the building industry. As far as possible, a major consideration in the 1999 FCB has been to ensure comparability of data before and after any changes to the previous classification (1986) as a result of this review. Data will be captured using the new classification from July 2000.

One of the major changes is the breakdown of the Other Business Premises category. Information can now be identified on the approval of Warehouses, Transport Buildings and Agricultural and Aquacultural Buildings. Other changes include the identification of apartment blocks being used as short term accommodation, number of dwellings associated with special dwellings eg. nurses quarters, boarding houses and also the introduction of standard formal descriptions for all types of buildings.

Data is compiled using this classification in a range of ABS publications including:
Building Approvals, Australia (8731.0)
Building Approvals, Northern Territory (8731.7)
Building Activity, Australia (8752.0)
Building Activity, Northern Territory (8752.7)

A description of the classification can be found on the ABS' Statistical Concepts Library, which is available on the ABS Web Site or on CD-ROM. For further information contact Loucas Harous by email to or phone (08) 8237 7585.


The ABS commenced a three month outposted officer service to ATSIC in March. The project officer is Michael Bourchier. Michael is from the National Centre for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Statistics (NCATSIS) in the Northern Territory ABS office.

The aim of the project is for ATSIC to develop an understanding of the scope, content and use of Indigenous data sourced from NT communities which is held by government agencies within the Northern Territory. This information will assist ATSIC in their policy analysis and liaison with NT Indigenous communities and may identify further administrative data that can be released through ABS’ Regional Statistics project.


At the NT SLC meeting held in February, it was decided by members that the Department of Education's submission for the ABS Annual Statistical Service (formerly the state supplementary survey) was the highest priority for NT Government. The submission is for an ABS outposted officer for 6 months, with dates to be negotiated with the Department of Education.

The aim of this project is to implement select recommendations from the 1999 Independent Review into Indigenous Education ('the Bob Collin's report') that pertain to data recording, analysis, management and reporting at schools, community and corporate levels.


Migration, Australia, 1998-99 (ABS Cat. no. 3412.0) was released on 29 February 2000. The publication brings together statistics and indicators for overseas migration into and out of Australia and internal migration within Australia. The publication also includes special articles on the permanent departures of the Australian-born and the redistribution of recent overseas migrants to Australia. Comparisons are made at a national level, and selected statistics are presented across the states and territories.

At June 1999, there were 4.5 million overseas-born residents in Australia. While the number of overseas-born residents has increased by 9% over the last 5 years, from 4.1 million at June 1994, the proportion born overseas has remained steady at about one-quarter of the population. The Northern Territory population had the lowest proportion of overseas-born residents, with 17% of the NT population being born overseas.

About 2% of the Australian population (358,400) moved interstate in 1998-99. Queensland was the state with the largest net interstate migration inflow during 1998-99 (17,200). New South Wales was the state with the largest net interstate migration outflow (14,300) in the same year. The median age of interstate migrants during 1998-99 was 27.2 years. The Northern Territory and Australian Capital Territory received the youngest interstate migration with a median age of 25.9 years.

Migration, Australia, 1998-99 can be purchased for $25.00 at all state/territory ABS Bookshops. If you would like further information please contact Jim Drummond on 8943 2120 or email for all NT inquiries or Chris Mason on (02) 6252 6522 for all other inquiries.


Regional Population Growth, Australia, 1998-99 (ABS Cat. no. 3218.0) was released on 8 February 2000. The publication contains estimates of the resident population of Local Government Areas (LGAs), Statistical Local Areas (SLAs), Statistical Subdivisions (SSDs) Statistical Divisions (SDs), Statistical Districts, States, Territories and Australia at 30 June 1994 (final), 1998 (revised) and 1999 (preliminary). Annual and five-yearly growth rates for these areas are also provided.

The estimated resident population (ERP) of the Northern Territory in June 1999 was 192,900, an increase of 2,900 since June 1998. Population growth in the Northern Territory slowed in 1998-99 to 1.6%, from an average annual growth rate of 2.2% experienced for the five years to June 1999. Palmerston-East Arm SSD was the largest growth area in the Northern Territory, contributing 81.2% (2,400) of the 2,900 increase in population in the Northern Territory in 1998-99.

Regional Population Growth, Australia, 1998-99 can be purchased for $24.00 at all state/territory ABS Bookshops. For further information please contact Tracey Brandrup on 8943 2152 or email for all NT inquiries or Sue Taylor on (02) 6252 6141 or email for all other inquiries.


User Views on ABS 2001 Census Output Strategies. In preparation for the upcoming Census of Population and Housing in August 2001, the ABS' Population Census Processing and User Services Section has undertaken a program to inform census data users about its plans for the development and release of 2001 Census products and services. Consultation with census users commenced early in 1999, taking place in three overlapping phases, described briefly below.

Stage 1 - Reaction to 1996 Census Output Program - In June 1999, an external market research consultant conducted qualitative focus groups to enable the ABS to better understand and evaluate the attitudes and reactions of ABS clients to the range and delivery of 1996 Census products. This information has been used to determine the release strategy and timetable for the 2001 Census.

Stage 2 - 2001 Census Output Strategy - The Information Paper: 2001 Census of Population and Housing: ABS Views on Census Output Strategy (Cat. No. 2009.0) was released on 30 September 1999 and aimed to inform census data users of the proposed strategies for developing 2001 Census products and services. Users' views on these strategies were sought through a questionnaire and through face-to-face seminars conducted with key clients around Australia, including in Darwin, in October 1999. The questionnaire sought information on clients' use of 1996 Census products and services and their use of technology (delivery mechanisms, industry standard software, Internet, etc.) as well as their reactions to the strategies proposed in the Information Paper.

Stage 3 - 2001 Detailed Product Design - Based on the Stage 1 and Stage 2 results above, decisions will be made on the appropriate product mix for 2001. An Information Paper: 2001 Census of Population and Housing: ABS Views on Census Products and Services (Cat. No. 2011.0), documenting the full range of products and services to be produced (including a CDATA-type product), indicative prices and release dates, will be released in July 2000.


Cat. no.Title
1301.0Year Book Australia, 2000 ($77.00)
1304.7Northern Territory at a Glance, 2000 Brochure ($1.10)
3218.0Regional Population Growth, Australia, 1998-99 ($24.00)
3401.0Overseas Arrivals and Departures, Australia, January 2000 ($16.50)
3412.0Migration, Australia, 1998-99 ($25.00)
5206.0Australian National Accounts: National Income, Expenditure and Product,
December Quarter 1999 ($21.00)
5302.0Balance of Payments and International Investment Position, Australia,
December Quarter 1999 ($21.00)
5609.0Housing Finance for Owner Occupation, Australia, January 2000 ($16.00)
5651.0Company Profits, Australia, December Quarter 1999 ($15.50)
6202.0Labour Force, Australia, Preliminary, February 2000 ($18.00)
6248.0Wage and Salary Earners, Australia, September Quarter 1999 ($18.00)
6302.0Average Weekly Earnings, States and Australia, November 1999 ($18.00)
6310.0Employee Earnings, Benefits and Trade Union Membership, Australia, August 1999 ($21.00)
6345.0Wage Cost Index, Australia, December Quarter 1999 ($16.50)
6401.0Consumer Price Index, Australia, December Quarter 1999 ($17.50)
6403.0Average Retail Prices of Selected Items, Eight Capital Cities,
December Quarter 1999 ($15.00)
6416.0House Price Indexes: Eight Capital Cities, December Quarter 1999 ($15.00)
8401.0Mining, Electricity and Gas Operations, Australia, Preliminary, 1998-99 ($16.00)
8501.0Retail Trade, Australia, February 2000 ($16.50)
8634.0Tourism Indicators, Australia, September Quarter 1999 ($24.00)
8731.0Building Approvals, Australia, February 2000 ($18.00)
8731.7Building Approvals, Northern Territory, February 2000 ($16.00)
8750.0Building Activity, Australia: Dwelling Unit Commencements, Preliminary,
December Quarter 1999 ($15.00)
8752.7Building Activity, Northern Territory, September Quarter 1999 ($16.00)
9208.0Survey of Motor Vehicle Use, Australia, 31 July 1998 ($18.50)
9301.0New Motor Vehicle Registrations, Australia: Preliminary, February 2000 ($15.00)

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See Issue 7, December 1999

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