1301.3 - Queensland Year Book (Hard cover), 2001  
ARCHIVED ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 01/03/2001   
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The 2001 Queensland Year Book provides a contemporary and comprehensive view of the State's political, environmental, economic and social conditions. This important statistical reference on the State is a must for those who want topical and relevant facts at their fingertips. Information is brought together from a wide variety of sources and is presented using a mix of text, tables, charts and maps; the facts and figures come alive in this beautifully presented, easy-to-use reference.

The Queensland Year Book includes some interesting feature articles on topics such as the Daintree National Park, the 2000 Olympic Games and Paralympic Games, and a history of Queensland Ferries. A special feature of this year's book details a fascinating recount of life in 1861, in celebration of the centenary of federation.


History and Government

Covers the history and government of Queensland, including early exploration, settlement and from Federation to the present.


Discusses all aspects of the environment. Features include climate information, the physical environment, including land management and waste management; the natural environment including coastal management; and the cultural environment including the Heritage register.


Examines various characteristics of Queensland's population such as age distribution, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander populations, geographic distribution including growth and density, components of change (e.g. births, deaths) as well as population projections.


Covers characteristics of the Queensland labour force including participation rate, employment, unemployment, unemployment rate, underemployment and regional labour force characteristics.


Discusses health indicators such as causes of death, medical and hospital benefits, and communicable and other infectious diseases. Also examines primary health care provision in Queensland in terms of public health services and practitioners.

Social Welfare

Addresses two primary aspects of social welfare in Queensland - income maintenance (pensions and other payments) and the provision of services including the examination of child welfare, residential services, non-residential community services, and services for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

Education and Training

The primary and secondary education section of this chapter discusses enrolments, retention rates, age participation rates and staffing. The tertiary education section also includes technical and further education and higher education policy. The employment, education and training section addresses training assistance, apprentices, educational attainment, and transition from education to work.

Law and Order

In examining law and order in Queensland, this chapter covers police strength, crime, Magistrates Courts, children in courts, higher courts, prisons, probation, parole and community service.


Reviews accrual-based government finance statistics for Queensland including state and local government finance, private finance including banks, building societies, other financial institutions, and financial commitments of Queenslanders.

Tourism, Arts and Sport

Discusses tourism including international tourism, inbound international airport movements, domestic tourism, and tourist accommodation. This chapter also examines the arts, including the main art institutions (e.g QPAC) and festivals for Queensland. In the area of sport and recreation, the chapter reports on development and participation aspects.


Considers the proportion of Queensland used by agricultural activity, livestock numbers as well as details on the forest industry, including Queensland native forests.


Discusses mineral production for metal ore minerals, fuel minerals, construction materials and other non-metal ore minerals. The chapter also examines mining operations, exploration, and research and development.


Addresses manufacturing operations including labour costs, turnover, operating ratios, employment; manufacturing exports; private new capital expenditure; electricity and gas; and manufacturing occupations.

Housing and Construction

Investigates housing including residential building and house building materials; government finance for housing and engineer construction.

Transport and Communication (including information technology)

The road transport section includes road accidents, motor vehicle registrations and freight movements survey. The railways section covers railways operations including metropolitan and regional services. Shipping includes information on individual port authorities. The final section concentrates on the use of information technology in Queensland, including household use of information technology, business and government use of information technology, and the use of information technology on farms.

Trade and Prices

Considers external trade, including history, commodities traded, foreign trading partners, international trade in services, wholesale and retail trade and prices, and the service industries of clubs, pubs, taverns and bars.


Life in Colonial Queensland

This article examines some aspects of life in 1861 by drawing on information obtained from Queensland’s first census as an independent colony, and comparing it with contemporary patterns and trends. Topics covered include: The first census; from penal settlement to independent colony; population; health; cause of death; marital status; housing; education; the justice system; religion; and production and occupation.

Daintree National Park

Discover the magical and delicate beauty of one of Queensland's most important natural resources. The feature discusses the area's cultural heritage as well as it's scientific and conservation value.

Olympic Games and Paralympic Games

Explore Queensland's role in the Sydney 2000 Olympic and Paralympic games, including the torch relay, pre-Games training, the soccer and the success of Queensland athletes.

Ferries in Brisbane

Revisit the romantic history of the Brisbane River Ferry services.