1392.0 - Statistical News SA, Dec 2010  
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SA Stats

SA Stats provides an overview of the state's population and economy. This publication is updated on a monthly basis, with most releases also containing a feature article on socio-economic and environmental issues of interest.

SA Stats, November 2010

This month's article explores the recently released National Regional Profile (NRP). The NRP draws together ABS and non-ABS data to provide snapshots for over 2,000 regions across Australia. As well as highlighting key features of the product and new data items, the article also demonstrates how the NRP can be used to quickly find data for your region, using the Local Government Areas of Coober Pedy, Holdfast Bay and Salisbury as examples.

SA Stats, October 2010

This month's edition of SA Stats includes an article about making better use of public sector information. Government organisations are increasingly interested in sharing data and making it available for public use to help build a comprehensive and coherent statistical picture of the economy, society and the environment. Data sharing allows maximum use of data for statistical purposes and enhances the decision-making capability of governments and communities. The article provides a brief overview of 'A Good Practice Guide to Sharing Your Data with Others', developed by the National Statistical Service (NSS) and the ABS. The guide provides a non-technical introduction to data sharing and describes the key concepts and components of data sharing arrangements and agreements.

SA Stats, September 2010

September's feature article provides an overview of the changes in full-time student, school and teaching staff numbers in South Australia between 1993 and 2009. The article particularly focuses on the changes in male staff numbers, both by sector (government and non-government) and by school level (primary and secondary). In 2009, almost one-third (31.3%) of South Australia's teaching staff were male, the highest proportion of all states and territories in Australia. This is despite the proportion of male teaching staff in schools falling from 37.5% in 1993 to 31% in 2009.

National Regional Profile

The latest version of the National Regional Profile (NRP) was released on 22 November 2010.

The NRP presents a range of social and economic indicators over a five year period, from 2005 to 2009. In addition to the broad range of economic and social data such as income, age, occupation, building approvals and agriculture, this edition of the NRP contains new data on tourist accommodation and additional government payments.

The NRP uses a Google Maps based interface, making it easy to find data for your region. Data are available for Local Government Areas, Statistical Local Areas and other larger geographies.

Selected findings for South Australia include:

  • The Local Government Area (LGA) of Copper Coast had the fastest average annual growth rate of population outside of the capital city from 2004-05 to 2008-09, reaching a population of 12,901 in 2008-09.
  • Copper Coast also recorded large increases in the number of people receiving the Baby Bonus and Family Tax Benefit over the period 2004-05 to 2008-09.
  • The LGA of Burnside had the highest average value of private sector houses in 2008-09 of $418,100.
  • Outside of Adelaide, the Wattle Ranges LGA in the south east had the highest average house value of $234,000.
  • The LGAs of Coober Pedy (73.5%) and Peterborough (65.4%) had the highest proportion of motor vehicles 10 years or older in SA in 2008-09.

Water Account Australia

Released 29 November 2010, Water Account Australia, 2008-09 (cat. no. 4610.0) presents information on the supply and use of water in the Australian economy in 2008-09.

The aim of the Water Account Australia is to integrate data from different sources into a consolidated information set making it possible to link physical data on water to economic data. It consists of supply and use tables (referred to as flow tables) for both physical and monetary volumes. Accounts like this can facilitate the understanding of a range of issues, including the consequences of economic growth, contributors to particular environmental problems and implications of environmental policy measures across sectors.

Findings for South Australia include:
  • In 2008-09, SA consumed 1,168 GL of water, a 14% decrease since 2004-05.
  • SA's total water consumption per capita was 719kL, above the Australian average of 642 kL per capita.
  • SA households recorded the third highest average water price, paying on average $2.30 per kL in 2008-09 compared to the Australian average of $1.93 per kL.
  • Agricultural activities consumed 902 GL or 77% of total water consumption for the State. This is a drop of 11% from 2004-05.
  • The manufacturing industry is a significant user of water in SA, consuming 88GL or 8% of the state's total water consumption.

Estimates of Personal Income for Small Areas

Estimates of Personal Income for Small Areas, Time Series, 2003-04 to 2007-08 (cat. no. 6524.0.55.002) was released on 14 September 2010. It contains estimates of the sources and amount of personal income people received for the years 2003-04 to 2007-08. The estimates have been compiled using aggregated individual income tax data from the Australian Taxation Office (ATO).

Key findings for South Australia include:
  • Walkerville recorded the highest average total income of $67,690 in 2007-08, closely followed by Roxby Downs ($66,400).
  • South-west Burnside ($61,109), east Unley ($60,212) and north-east Mitcham ($59,120) round out the top five income areas in the state.
  • 25 percent of regions in South Australia recorded average total incomes above the state average ($40,488).
  • Other areas outside of Adelaide recording slightly higher than average total incomes were in the Flinders Ranges ($44,741) and Whyalla ($44,699).