1300.1 - New South Wales Year Book, 2002  
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March 21, 2002
Embargoed: 11:30 AM (AEST)

A year in New South Wales

A wide range of statistics about New South Wales were released today by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS). The 2002 edition of the New South Wales Year Book features many aspects of life including environment, health, education and training, and communication and information technology.

Brief highlights from New South Wales Year Book 2002:
  • During the 12 months to April 2000, 360,400 children aged 5-14 years (41%) accessed the Internet, while 463,800 children (52%) used a computer but not the Internet.

  • In 2000, 2.8% of births were to mothers aged 40 years and over, twice the level recorded in 1990 (1.4%). Over the same period, the proportion of births to teenage mothers decreased from 5.6% in 1990 to 4.2% in 2000.

  • During 1999-2000, young couples without dependent children had an average gross weekly income of $1,504. One parent families had an average gross weekly income of $521.

  • In 2000, 73% of the pre-retired population aged 15-69 years had some form of superannuation.

  • At June 2000, there were 3,160 organisations involved in providing community services, of which 62% were non-profit organisations.

  • At June 2001, 91% of children aged 12 months to less than 15 months were fully immunised.

  • During the year ended September 2000, 146,900 workers (5%) experienced a work-related injury.

  • At 31 March 2001, there were 579 motor vehicles per 1,000 population, up from 526 motor vehicles in 1991.

  • In 1999-2000, there were 30,100 agricultural enterprises with a net worth of $33.2 billion. In that year agricultural enterprises had an average turnover of $280,600.

  • Sydney's established house price index increased 7% between 1999 - 2000 and 2000-01. Meanwhile, Sydney's project home price index increased 12% in the same period.

  • For 2000-01, the consumer price index for Sydney was 133.2, an increase of 6.2% over the previous year.

  • In March 2000, the majority of households (96%) recycled one or more types of items, up from 82% in May 1992.

Further details can be found in the New South Wales Year Book 2002 (cat. no. 1300.1).