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SOCIAL AND DEMOGRAPHIC STATISTICS

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Arts and Culture in Australia: A Statistical Overview, 2010
Attendance at Selected Cultural Venues and Events, Australia, 2009-10
Australian Social Trends, Dec 2010
Births, Australia, 2009
Causes of Death, Australia: Doctor Certified Deaths, Summary Tables, 2009
Children's Participation in Sport and Leisure Time Activities, 2000 to 2009
Deaths, Australia, 2009
Defining Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander-owned Businesses, 2010
Life Tables, Victoria, 2007-2009
Marriages and Divorces, Australia, 2009
Participation in Sport and Physical Recreation, Australia, 2009-10
Prisoners in Australia, 2010
Spectator Attendance at Sporting Events, 2009-10
Sports and Physical Recreation: A Statistical Overview, Australia, Oct 2010
The Health and Welfare of Australia's Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples, Oct 2010


Arts and Culture in Australia: A Statistical Overview, 2010 (cat. no. 4172.0) – released 19/10/10

Data available at the following geographic levels: National; State/Territory; Metropolitan, Ex-metropolitan

This publication presents a statistical overview of culture and the arts in Australia. The information is drawn from a variety of data sources, including Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) data and non-ABS data, to provide a more complete picture of cultural industries. In this publication, the cultural sector is defined as those industries in the ‘Heritage’ and ‘Arts’ divisions of the industry classification of the Australian Culture and Leisure Classifications (ACLC).

The participation rate for all children in Australia who played a musical instrument in the 12 months to April 2009 was almost 20%. The participation rate ranged from 24% in the Northern Territory to 17% in Victoria. There was no significant change between 2006 and 2009 for any state or territory.

In 2009, there were 358,400 (21%) children in metropolitan areas and 177,000 (17%) in ex-metropolitan areas who played a musical instrument. Children who reside in metropolitan areas recorded a significantly higher participation rate than those who resided in ex-metropolitan areas in 2006 and 2009. Access to tuition for children in ex-metropolitan areas may be a factor in the lower participation rate.

To find out more, including information about tourism, household expenditure on culture, libraries and archives, and environmental heritage, please visit the publication.


Attendance at Selected Cultural Venues and Events, Australia, 2009-10 (cat. no. 4114.0) – released 21/12/10

Data available at the following geographic levels: National; State/Territory

This publication presents results from the 2009-10 Multipurpose Household Survey (MPHS) on the attendance of people aged 15 years and over at selected cultural venues and events. The survey collected data about the demographic characteristics of those who attended the surveyed venues and events and their frequency of attendance during the 12 month period prior to interview.

During the 12 months before interview in 2009-10, 15.0 million or 86% of the Australian population aged 15 years and over (17.5 million) attended at least one of the cultural venues and events asked about in the survey. The highest attendance rates were at cinemas (67% of people aged 15 years and over), zoological parks and aquariums (37%), botanic gardens (35%) and libraries (34%).

Attendance rates for people living in the six state capital cities were generally higher when compared with people living in the balance of state/territory. The largest differences were for people attending cinemas (71% and 61% respectively), botanic gardens (38% and 31% respectively) and zoological parks and aquariums (39% and 33% respectively)

To find out more, including information about age and sex, country of birth, and state/territory level data, please visit the publication.


Australian Social Trends, Dec 2010 (cat. no. 4102.0) – released 14/12/10

Australian Social Trends is a quarterly publication which draws together a wide range of statistics, from the ABS and other official sources, to provide a picture of Australian society and how it is changing over time.

The latest edition features the following articles:
    One for the country: recent trends in fertility - With almost 300,000 births registered in both 2008 and 2009, and well over a quarter million per year in the three years before that, the last half decade has seen more babies born to Australian women than any previous five year period.
    Australian households: the future - In 2006, there were a total of 7.8 million households in Australia. By 2031, the number of households is projected to grow to between 11.4 and 11.8 million.
    Moving house - Of people aged 15 years and over, over one-quarter (27%) had been living in their current home for 15 years or more, 30% had been there for 5–14 years, and 43% had moved in the last five years.

National and state indicators are also included, which show a range of statistics covering different social areas both at a national as well as state and territory level. Released in December were indicators for: Housing, Family and Community, International Comparisons, and Work.

To find out more, please visit the publication.


Births, Australia, 2009 (cat. no. 3301.0) – released 03/11/10

Data available at the following geographic levels: National; State/Territory; Statistical Division; Statistical Local Area; Local Government Area

This publication brings together statistics for live births and fertility in Australia, states and territories, and sub-state regions, based on calendar year of registration data. Information on characteristics of the child include place of usual residence, sex, Indigenous status, as well as the age, marital status and country of birth of parents.

In 2009, Australia's total fertility rate (TFR) was 1.90 babies per woman, a small decrease from 1.96 babies per woman in 2008. At the national level, the teenage fertility rate was 17 babies per 1,000 women aged 15-19 years in 2009.

Of the states and territories, the Australian Capital Territory recorded the lowest TFR of 1.74 babies per woman, while Victoria recorded the second lowest with 1.80 babies per woman. Victoria and the Australian Capital Territory also recorded the lowest teenage fertility rates (both 10 babies per 1,000 women) and had the oldest mothers in Australia, with a median age of 31.5 and 31.4 years respectively.

To find out more, including information about replacement fertility, and multiple births, please visit the publication.
Causes of Death, Australia: Doctor Certified Deaths, Summary Tables, 2009 (cat. no. 3303.0.55.001) – released 13/12/10

Data available at the following geographic levels: National; State/Territory

This publication contains summary information relating to cause of death for those deaths certified by doctors. It should be noted that these data represent only a subset of all causes of death, and that the numbers presented here are not comprehensive. Doctor certified deaths accounted for 86.7% of all deaths registered in 2009. The remainder are reported to, and certified by, a coroner.

There were 140,760 doctor and coroner certified deaths registered in Australia in 2009. This was 3,186 (2.2%) less than the number registered in 2008 (143,946). The standardised death rate (SDR) in 2009 was 5.7 deaths per 1,000 standard population. This continues a steady decline in the standardised death rate over the past decade from 7.1 deaths per 1,000 in 1999.

The proportion of deaths certified by a doctor varies between jurisdictions. The proportions for all jurisdictions in 2009 were comparable with the previous year.

To find out more, including information about underlying causes of death, please visit the publication.


Children’s Participation in Sport and Leisure Time Activities, 2000 to 2009 (cat. no. 4901.0.55.001) – released 12/11/10

Data available at the following geographic levels: National; State/Territory

This publication looks at changes to children's participation in sport and other recreational activities over time, using data from the 2000, 2003, 2006 and 2009 surveys of Children's Participation in Cultural and Leisure Activities.

The rate of children's participation in sport and/or dancing increased from 64% in 2000 to 69% in 2009. The greatest increase in participation in organised sport and/or dancing by children aged 5 to 14 years between 2000 and 2009 was seen in Victoria (63% to 72%) followed by South Australia (65% to 71%).

To find out more, including information about the characteristics of participants, such as age and sex, as well as information on the duration and frequency of participation, please visit the publication.
Deaths, Australia, 2009 (cat. no. 3302.0) – released 10/11/10

Data available at the following geographic levels: National; State/Territory; Statistical Division; Statistical Subdivision; Local Government Area; Statistical Local Area

This publication brings together statistics on deaths and mortality for Australia, states and territories, and sub-state regions. Information on characteristics of the deceased include place of usual residence, age at death, sex, Indigenous status and country of birth. Information is also provided on infant deaths, life expectancy and death rates.

During 2009, there were 140,800 deaths (72,300 males and 68,400 females) registered in Australia, a decrease of 3,200 deaths (or 2.2%) compared with the number of deaths registered in 2008 (143,900).

Some data for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians are excluded in this publication for Victoria due to small numbers of registered deaths of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians.

To find out more, including tables and data cubes with small area data, please visit the publication.


Defining Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander-owned Businesses, 2010 (cat. no. 4731.0) – released 05/10/10

The issues involved in defining and measuring Indigenous economic development are diverse. As a starting point, the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) will focus on defining a measure of small-to-medium, privately-owned, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander-owned businesses to underpin efforts to measure economic development more broadly. This discussion paper puts forward a proposed definition of such a business.

This discussion paper is designed to be a basis for further stakeholder consultation. A workshop will be held in the first half of 2011 to discuss the draft definition. If you would like to be involved in this workshop, please register your interest by calling (freecall) 1800 633 216.

To find out more, including the full definition and a background to its development, please visit the publication.
Life Tables, Victoria, 2007-2009 (cat. no. 3302.2.55.001) – released 07/12/10

Data available at the following geographic level: State

This product contains life tables for males and females resident in Victoria for the reference period. A life table is a statistical model used to represent the mortality of a population. In its simplest form, a life table is generated from age-specific death rates and the resulting values are used to measure mortality, survivorship and life expectancy.

To view the tables, please visit the publication.


Marriages and Divorces, Australia, 2009 (cat. no. 3310.0) – released 03/12/10

Data available at the following geographic levels: National; State/Territory

This publication provides data and information about marriages registered and divorces granted in Australia in 2009. Data are presented on a state or territory of registration basis rather than a state or territory of usual residence basis.

In 2009, there were 120,118 marriages registered in Australia, an increase of 1,362 (1.1%) from 2008. This is the highest level of marriages on record. Despite this increase, the crude marriage rate has remained unchanged at 5.5 marriages per 1,000 estimated resident population since 2006.

In 2009 the number of divorces granted in all states and territories was higher than in 2008, with the largest increase occurring in New South Wales by 703 (5.1%) to 14,617, Victoria by 537 (4.6%) to 12,160, and Queensland by 559 (5.3%) to 11,174.

To find out more, including information about age, marriage celebrants, and divorces involving children, please visit the publication.


Participation in Sport and Physical Recreation, Australia, 2009-10 (cat. no. 4177.0) – released 21/12/10

Data available at the following geographic levels: National; State/Territory

This publication presents results from the 2009-10 Multipurpose Household Survey (MPHS) relating to participation in sport and physical recreation. The survey collected data about the characteristics of persons aged 15 years and over who participated in sport and physical recreation activities as players, competitors or persons who physically took part in the activity. People who were involved in non-playing roles, such as coaches, umpires or club officials were excluded from the data.

For the purpose of sport, recreation or exercise, nearly two-thirds of the Australian population aged 15 years and over (64% or 11.1 million people) reported that they had participated in sport and physical recreation at least once during the 12 months prior to interview in 2009-10.

The participation rates for sport and physical recreation were highest in the Australian Capital Territory (77%) and Northern Territory (72%). For the states, the participation rates ranged from 62% in South Australia to 65% in Western Australia. Walking for exercise was the most popular activity reported in all states and territories, with a participation rate of 24% in Victoria. Other popular activities in Victoria were aerobics, fitness and gym activities (14%) and cycling and jogging or running (both 7.5%).

To find out more, including information about the characteristics of participants, such as employment status and household composition, please visit the publication.
Prisoners in Australia, 2010 (cat. no. 4517.0) – released 09/12/10

Data available at the following geographic levels: National; State/Territory

This publication presents information from the National Prisoner Census about persons held in Australian prisons on the night of 30 June 2010. The National Prisoner Census covers all prisoners in the legal custody of adult corrective services in adult prisons, including periodic detainees in New South Wales and the Australian Capital Territory. It excludes persons held in juvenile institutions, psychiatric custody and police custody.

At 30 June 2010 there were 29,700 prisoners (sentenced and unsentenced) in Australian prisons, an increase of 1% (383 prisoners) from 30 June 2009. This represented a national imprisonment rate of 170 prisoners per 100,000 adult population. The median aggregate sentence length for all sentenced prisoners was 3 years.

At 30 June 2010, Victorian prisoners had the oldest median age at 35.4 years, more than four years older than the median age of prisoners in the Australian Capital Territory, which had the youngest prisoner population (31.2 years).

To find out more, including information about sex, most serious offence/charge, and prior imprisonment, please visit the publication.


Spectator Attendance at Sporting Events, 2009-10 (cat. no. 4174.0) – released 21/12/10

Data available at the following geographic levels: National; State/Territory

This publication presents results from the 2009-10 Multipurpose Household Survey (MPHS) relating to attendance at sporting events. The survey collected data about the characteristics of persons aged 15 years and over who attended sporting events as spectators (excluding junior and school sport).

Over two-fifths of the Australian population aged 15 years and over (43% or 7.6 million) reported that they had attended a sporting event during the 12 months prior to interview in 2009-10. The highest attendance rates were reported for Australian Rules football (16%) and horse racing (11%). The attendance rate at sporting events in 2009-10 (43%) was similar to that in 2005-06 (44%), with the top 5 sports remaining the most popular to attend.

Attendance rates at sporting events varied across the states and territories for the most popular sports. Attendance at Australian Rules football in Victoria was 33% (1.4 million), compared with 4% (0.2 million) in New South Wales. Rugby league reported attendance rates of 17% (598,000) in Queensland, compared with 0.6% (7,300) in South Australia

To find out more, including information about the characteristics of spectators, such as household income and educational attainment, as well as frequency of attendance and changes over time, please visit the publication.
Sports and Physical Recreation: A Statistical Overview, Australia, Oct 2010 (cat. no. 4156.0) – released 22/10/10

Data available at the following geographic levels: National; State/Territory; Capital cities, Rest of Australia

This publication presents an overview of sport and physical recreation in Australia. ABS data relating to participation in sport and physical activity; time spent on sport and outdoor activities; and sport attendance are obtained from a variety of data collections.

During the 12 months prior to interview for the 2009 Survey of Children’s Participation in Culture and Leisure Activities, 1.7 million or 63% of children aged 5-14 years participated in at least one sport outside of school hours that had been organised by a school, club or association. The participation rates of children living in capital cities and children living elsewhere in Australia were similar at 63% and 64% respectively. The participation rate for children in sport varied across the states and territories, ranging from 58% in Tasmania to 71% in the Australian Capital Territory, with a 69% participation rate in Victoria.

To find out more, including information about the most popular sports played, and the economic activity of businesses, clubs and associations involved in providing sport and physical recreation goods and services, please visit the publication.


The Health and Welfare of Australia’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples, Oct 2010 (cat. no. 4704.0) – released 29/10/10

Data available at the following geographic levels: National; Remote, Non-remote

This release provides a comprehensive statistical overview, largely at the national level, of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health and welfare.

What's new in the October issue:
  • Social and emotional wellbeing (new) – In 2008, 72% of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people aged 15 years and over (adults) reported being a happy person all or most of the time, with rates higher among adults living in remote areas (78%) than non-remote areas (71%).
  • Housing circumstances – In 2008, the majority of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander adults lived in housing that was rented (69%). More Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander adults were living in housing that was being purchased in 2008 (20%) than in 2002 (17%).
  • Access to health and community services – Nationally, just over one-quarter (26%) of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people aged 15 years and over (adults) reported problems such as long waiting times and cost in accessing one or more health services. Dentists, doctors and hospitals were the health services where problems were most likely to be experienced (by 20%, 10% and 7% of adults respectively).

To find out more, please visit the publication.


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