1318.3 - Qld Stats, Sep 2008  
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Farm management and climate, 2006-07
Water use on Australian farms, 2006-07
Divorces, Australia, 2007
Manufacturing industry, Australia, 2006-07
Population projections, Australia, 2006 to 2101
Population by age and sex, regions of Australia, 2007
Cultural and recreation news, Sep 2008
Local government and ABS, Sep 2008
Education news, Sep 2008
CURF microdata news, Aug 2008
Demography news, Aug 2008
Changes to the ABS survey program
ABS release information
Queensland theme page

Image: Farm Management and Climate, 2006-07 FARM MANAGEMENT AND CLIMATE, 2006-07
Farm Management and Climate, 2006-07 (cat. no. 4625.0) was released 12 September 2008. This publication presents estimates from climate themed questions on the 2006–07 Natural Resource Management (NRM) on Australian Farms Survey conducted by the ABS. The results provide an important perspective into the views of land managers on changes to the climate, the effect of these changes, and the adaptability of land managers to such changes. Results are reported at a national and state/territory level, as well as for NRM regions.

Many of the data items reported in the publication rely on the perceptions and views of the person completing the form. Whilst they provide a useful source of information, they may not reflect reality and can be different to data collected by other means such as physical measurement.

Some results for Queensland include:
  • In 2006-07, 61% of agricultural businesses reported that they considered the climate affecting their holding has changed and 57% reported that the perceived change in climate had an impact on their holding. Nearly one-half (46%) of agricultural businesses reported a change in the management practices on their holding in response to perceived changes in climate.
  • The most commonly reported perceived change in climate affecting the holding was a change in rainfall patterns (90%), followed by more extreme weather events (77%) and warmer temperatures (44%).

Image: Water Use on Australian Farms, 2006-07 WATER USE ON AUSTRALIAN FARMS, 2006-07

Water Use on Australian Farms, 2006-07 (cat. no. 4618.0) was released 27 August 2008. This publication presents estimates of agricultural water use, pastures and crops irrigated, sources of water for agricultural use, irrigation water management and financial data relating to irrigation. Estimates are presented for Australia, state/territories and regions, as well as for the Murray-Darling Basin. The estimates are compiled from data collected as part of the Agricultural survey for the year ended 30 June 2007. Estimates for 2002-03 to 2005-06 are also included in this publication, and changes between 2005-06 and 2006-07 are described.

Some results for Queensland include:
  • Agricultural water use decreased by 19% from the 2,581 gigalitres (one thousand million litres) used in 2005-06 to 2,084 gigalitres in 2006-07. This was driven by a decrease in the use of water for irrigation of crops and pastures, primarily cotton.
  • Of this 2,084 gigalitres, 88% was used for irrigation of pastures and crops, and 12% for other agricultural purposes such as stock watering and the cleaning of dairies and piggeries. Volumes of irrigation water for crops and pastures declined by 21% from 2005-06, and volumes of water for other purposes declined by 4.6%.
  • Sugar cane remained the largest user of irrigation water, using 931 gigalitres to irrigate 196,000 hectares at an application rate of 4.7 megalitres (one million litres) per hectare.

Image: Divorces, Australia, 2007 DIVORCES, AUSTRALIA, 2007

Divorces, Australia, 2007 (cat. no. 3307.0.55.001) was released 29 August 2008. This electronic product provides valuable information for the analysis of family structure in Australia. Registered divorces by age, duration of marriage at final separation and at date of dissolution, country of birth and by number of children involved are presented at the national and state level.

Divorce statistics in this publication are presented by the state or territory where the court granting divorce was located, rather than the state of usual residence of the applicants. The ABS advises caution in the interpretation of data at a state or territory level as applicants for divorce may apply through their nearest court rather than a court in their state or territory of usual residence.

Some results for Queensland include:
  • There were 11,058 divorces granted in Queensland in 2007, a 9.2% decrease over the number granted in 2006. The median age for males granted divorce in Queensland was 44.6 years, compared with 41.6 years for females. In 2007, median length of marriage to separation was 9.2 years and the median length of marriage to divorce was 12.9 years.
  • Of the 11,058 divorces granted in Queensland in 2007, 52% involved children aged under eighteen years. Males were the only applicant in 27% of divorces granted, females the only applicant in 39% and there were joint applicants in 34% of divorces granted.

Image: Manufacturing Industry, Australia, 2006-07 MANUFACTURING INDUSTRY, AUSTRALIA, 2006-07

Manufacturing Industry, Australia, 2006-07 (cat. no. 8221.0) was released 26 August 2008. This product presents results from the Manufacturing component of the Economic Activity Survey. It shows details of employment, wages and salaries, sales and service income, and industry value added (IVA) classified by industry class. Also includes, at the industry subdivision level, estimates of these key variables classified by employment size, state and territory, as well as estimates of profitability, industry performance measures, export activity, components of IVA, acquisition and disposal of assets, and selected labour costs. Most estimates include non-employing businesses and use a combination of data from the Manufacturing Survey and business income tax data provided to the Australian Taxation Office.

Some results for Queensland include:
  • Queensland's share of economic aggregates relating to Australian manufacturing in 2006-07 was 20% of employment, 18% of wages and salaries and 19% of sales and service income.
  • In 2006-07, Food product manufacturing was the most dominant manufacturing industry in Queensland, as measured by employment (24%), wages and salaries (21%) and sales and service income (20%).

Image: Population Projections, Australia, 2006 to 2101 POPULATION PROJECTIONS, AUSTRALIA, 2006 TO 2101

Population Projections, Australia, 2006 to 2101 (cat.no. 3222.0) was released 4 September 2008. The population projections presented in this publication cover the period 30 June 2008 to 2101 for Australia and 30 June 2008 to 2056 for the states, territories, and capital cities/balances of state.

The projections are not predictions or forecasts, but are simply illustrations of the growth and change in population which would occur if certain assumptions about future levels of fertility, mortality, internal migration and overseas migration were to prevail over the projection period. The assumptions incorporate recent trends which indicate increasing levels of fertility and net overseas migration for Australia.

Image: Population by Age and Sex, Regions of Australia, 2007 POPULATION BY AGE AND SEX, REGIONS OF AUSTRALIA, 2007

Population by Age and Sex, Regions of Australia, 2007 (cat. no. 3235.0) was released 19 August 2008. This product contains estimates of the resident population by age (in five-year age groups up to 85 and over) and sex as at 30 June 2007. The areas for which estimates are provided are Local Government Areas (LGAs), Statistical Local Areas (SLAs), Statistical Divisions (SDs), Statistical Subdivisions (SSDs) and states and territories of Australia, according to the 2007 edition of the Australian Standard Geographical Classification (ASGC).

Some results for Queensland include:
  • The estimated resident population of Queensland at 30 June 2007 was 4.18 million. This represented an increase of 90,500 people since 30 June 2006, at an annual growth rate of 2.2%. South-east Queensland, comprising the SDs of Brisbane, Gold Coast, Sunshine Coast and West Moreton, was home to 2.77 million people, or two-thirds of Queensland's population.
  • At 30 June 2007, the median age of the Queensland population was 36.2 years. The median age for males was 35.6 years compared with 36.8 years for females.
  • At 30 June 2007, children (people aged 0-14 years) represented 20% of the Queensland population, which was the second-highest proportion in the country (following the Northern Territory, 24%). South-east Queensland had a lower proportion of children (20%) compared with that of the remainder of the state (22%).
  • Over two-thirds (68%) of the Queensland population were of working age (15-64 years) at 30 June 2007. Mackay (69%) and Brisbane (69%) SDs had the highest proportion of people of working age. Wide Bay-Burnett (62%) and Darling Downs (64%) SDs had the lowest proportions.
  • Just over half a million Queenslanders (511,500 or 12%) were aged 65 years or older at 30 June 2007. Of the 21 SLAs with more than 20% of their population in this age group, 15 were in south-east Queensland, of which Bribie Island had the highest proportion (32%). The mining town of Weipa (T) had the lowest proportion of people aged 65 or over with 1.5% and five of the nine Bowen Basin mining SLAs had less than 4% of their residents in the older age group.


Culture and Recreation News, Sep 2008 (cat. no. 4147.4.55.001) was released 17 September 2008. This is the half-yearly newsletter of the National Centre for Culture and Recreation Statistics (NCCRS). The newsletter highlights developments in arts and cultural heritage, and sports and recreation statistics, and provides relevant information for researchers, policy makers, service providers and others with an interest in this field.


Local Government and ABS (Newsletter), Sep 2008 (cat. no. 1376.0) was released 17 September 2008. This newsletter is published by the ABS to help the Local Government Sector use statistics to assist with planning and other community servicing decisions. In addition, it is designed to improve communication between the ABS and the Local Government Sector. New ABS initiatives to assist local government organisations will be announced in this newsletter as they evolve.

Image: Education News, September 2008 EDUCATION NEWS, SEPTEMBER 2008

Education News, September 2008 (cat. no. 1330.0) was released 1 September 2008. Education News keeps teachers and students up to date with ABS resources and data that is relevant to the school sector. This newsletter highlights the latest curriculum related teaching resources, student activities and statistical tools that have been developed by ABS Education Services as well as other ABS resources that are useful for schools.

Image: CURF Microdata News, August 2008 CURF MICRODATA NEWS, AUGUST 2008

CURF Microdata News, August 2008 (cat.no.1104.0) was released 29 August 2008 and is a quarterly newsletter created by the Microdata Access Strategies Section at the ABS.

CURF Microdata News is aimed at informing new and current Confidentialised Unit Record File (CURF) Microdata users about issues and developments in the access to, and use of, CURF Microdata. The newsletter periodically covers topics such as available and forthcoming microdata releases, terms and conditions of access, responsible access to microdata and best practice tips, pricing, microdata research outputs, frequently asked questions, and information about applying for ABS CURF microdata.

Interested readers are also invited to visit the CURF Microdata pages on the ABS web site for relevant up-to-date information about each of these matters, as well as all application forms.

Image: Demography News, August 2008 DEMOGRAPHY NEWS, AUGUST 2008

Demography News, August 2008 (cat. no. 3106.0) was released 22 August 2008. Demographic statistics provide measures of the Australian population, its size, growth, composition and geographic distribution, as well as the components that shape population change: births, deaths and migration.

This newsletter provides information about the latest demographic research and analysis being undertaken by the ABS.

Image: Changes to the ABS Survey Program CHANGES TO THE ABS SURVEY PROGRAM

The ABS is facing a tight budget situation in 2008-09, which has led to a range of reductions in the ABS work program. The Australian Statistician, Brian Pink, has outlined a number of strategies to address the situation in the document Changes to the ABS survey program for 2008-09 on the ABS Website. Use the link to see what the implications are for the affected surveys or programs and how to get further information.
Image: ABS Release Information ABS RELEASE INFORMATION

The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) website provides the expected release details for all statistical products due for publication in the coming six months.

The web page 'Releases Scheduled for the Next Six Months' is revised on the ABS website at the beginning of each month. This six-month forecasting is intended to keep clients informed about products and when they will become available.

All ABS Core Statistical and Other Statistical publications that usually have a catalogue number will be detailed as well as prominent non-statistical publications such as the ABS Annual Report and Australian Statistics Advisory Council Annual Report.

Access 'Releases Scheduled for the Next Six Months' from the ABS Home page via 'Future Releases' or use this link.

Information on all ABS product releases can also be accessed from ABS Release Advice. This web page also provides links to Previous Releases, Releases Scheduled for the Next Six Months and Main Economic Indicator Releases.
Image: Queensland Theme Page QUEENSLAND THEME PAGE

This page provides access to Queensland statistical information including statistical releases and links to non-ABS sources. A wide range of economic and social statistics is covered.