1362.3 - Regional Statistics, Queensland, 2004  
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Access lines
Lines, points, ports, modem access points available to subscribers to access their ISP.

Age-specific fertility rate
The number of live births (occurred or registered) during the calendar year, according to the age of the mother, per 1,000 of the female resident population of the same age at 30 June.

Age pension
An Australian Government Department of Family and Community Services payment for people who have reached retirement age. To qualify for the Age Pension a male must be aged 65 years while the age at which a female may qualify depends upon her birth date. The qualifying age for females is being increased gradually to 65 years between 1 July 1995 and 1 July 2013. Other eligibility requirements that apply can be referenced to the department's publication Income Support Customers-a statistical overview.

Australian Business Number (ABN)
The Australian Business Number is an unique business identifier. To be entitled to an ABN, at least one of the following conditions has to be met:

  • a company registered under corporations law in Australia
  • an entity carrying on an enterprise in Australia (including government agencies, non-profit bodies and superannuation funds)
  • an entity which makes supplies that are connected with Australia in carrying on an enterprise.

Average value house prices
Total value of all house sales within a specified period divided by the total number of sales.

A bicycle is defined as a vehicle with two or more wheels that is built to be propelled by human power through a belt, chain or gears (stationary exercise bikes are excluded). Only bicycles in 'good working order' are included, that is bicycles which are able to be ridden with minimal maintenance.

The delivery of a child, irrespective of the duration of pregnancy, who, after being born, breathes or shows any evidence of life such as heartbeat.

Vehicles constructed for the carriage of passengers. Included are all passenger vehicles with 10 seats or more, including the driver’s seat.

Census counts
The census enumerates people where they were located on census night. Most standard products from the census provide characteristics of people on this place of enumeration basis.

Census counts by place of enumeration:
  • include overseas visitors for age, sex and registered marital status
  • exclude overseas visitors for all other person variables
  • exclude Australian residents temporarily overseas.

Census data are also available on place of usual residence. Census counts by place of usual residence exclude overseas visitors and Australian residents temporarily overseas.

Civilian population aged 15 years and over
All usual residents of Australia aged 15 years and over except members of the permanent defence forces, certain diplomatic personnel of overseas governments customarily excluded from census and estimated population counts, overseas residents in Australia, and members of non-Australian defence forces (and their dependants) stationed in Australia.

Contactable telephone connection
A telephone connection that can receive standard telephone calls.

Current motor vehicle licence
A current motor vehicle licence includes car, truck and motorcycle licences, as well as provisional and learner's licences. Excludes suspended motor vehicle licences (i.e. not currently permitted to drive).

Persons aged 15 years and over who have ridden any bicycle for any reason in the last 12 months, whether the bicycle was owned by that person, rented or borrowed.

A death recorded in the ABS Deaths and Causes of Death collections refers to any death which occurs in or en route to Australia and is registered with a state or territory Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages.

Dental practitioners
The roles of this occupation typically include diagnosis of diseases, injuries, decay and malformations of teeth, gums, mouth tissue, jaw and other dento-facial structures. They prescribe and administer restorative and preventive procedures, including surgery and other specialist techniques. The entry requirement for this occupation is a bachelor degree or higher qualification. Tasks include the following components:
  • examining teeth, gums, tissues and dento-facial structures, using dental and X-ray equipment in order to diagnose dental problems
  • filling cavities and extracting decayed or deformed teeth
  • constructing inlays and artificial crowns to replace teeth
  • designing, constructing and fitting complete and partial dentures, orthodontic and other appliances and performing bridge work
  • performing specialist examinations and tests and undertaking or arranging appropriate treatment in a specialist area.

Dwelling unit
A dwelling unit is a self-contained suite of rooms, including cooking and bathing facilities and intended for long-term residential use.

All persons aged 15 years and over who, during the reference week:
  • worked for one hour or more for pay, profit, commission or payment in kind in a job or business, or on a farm (comprising employees, employers and own account workers); or
  • worked for one hour or more without pay in a family business or on a farm (i.e. contributing family workers); or
  • were employees who had a job but were not at work and were:
    - away from work for less than four weeks up to the end of the reference week; or
    - away from work for more than four weeks up to the end of the reference week and received pay for some or all of the four week period to the end of the reference week; or
    - away from work as a standard work or shift arrangement; or
    - on strike or locked out; or
    - on workers' compensation and expected to return to their job; or
  • were employers or own account workers, who had a job, business or farm, but were not at work.

Estimated resident population (ERP)
The official measure of the population of Australia based on the concept of residence. It refers to all people, regardless of nationality or citizenship, who usually live in Australia, with the exception of foreign diplomatic personnel and their families. It includes usual residents who are overseas for less than 12 months. It excludes overseas visitors who are in Australia for less than 12 months.

Family tax benefit part A
Family Tax Benefit Part A helps people with the cost of raising dependent children. It is paid to families with children up to 21 years and young people between 21 years and 24 years who are studying full-time (and not receiving Youth Allowance or a similar payment).

Family tax benefit part B
Family Tax Benefit Part B provides extra assistance for families with only one main income earner, particularly those with children under five years old. It is paid to families for children up to the age of 16 years old and children aged between 16 years and 18 years who are studying full-time.

Health professionals
They diagnose and treat physical and mental illnesses and conditions and recommend, administer, dispense and develop medications and treatment to promote or restore good health. Most occupations in this sub-major group have a level of skill commensurate with a bachelor degree or higher qualification. In some instances relevant experience is required in addition to the formal qualification.

Tasks performed by Health Professionals typically include examining patients to establish the nature of their complaint and performing or ordering diagnostic procedures; selecting and administering appropriate treatment, medication and therapy; prescribing prosthetic or corrective devices; providing nursing care for patients; and conducting research to improve diagnosis and treatment.

A group of people who live together (in a single dwelling) as a single unit in the sense that they have common housekeeping arrangements, such as common provision for food and other essentials of living. All other households includes any other household not covered in the other household types, for example, unrelated persons sharing a household.

International classification of diseases, 10th revision (ICD-10)
The tenth revision of the International Classification of Diseases and Health Related Problems (ICD-10) was adopted for Australian use for deaths registered
from 1 January 1999. However, to identify changes between the ninth and tenth revisions, deaths for 1997 and 1998 were coded to both revisions. In this
publication, underlying cause data for 2001 and 2002 have been coded to the tenth revision while previous years' data are coded to the ninth revision. All multiple
cause data in this publication are coded to the tenth revision. For underlying cause of death, accidental and violent deaths are classified according to the external cause, that is, to the circumstances of the accident or violence which produced the fatal injury rather than to the nature of the injury.

The extensive nature of the ICD enables classification of causes of death at various levels of detail. For the purpose of this publication, two summary
classifications are used. They are:
  • the ICD at the chapter level (with further disaggregation for major causes of death)
  • main Causes of Death for age groups.

Income support customers
The total number of persons receiving income support from the Australian Government Department of Family and Community Services and Family Assistance Office. The Australian Government Department of Family and Community Services list was developed in conjunction with Centrelink. It provides a measure of total customers which, although not absolutely precise, overcomes the difficulty that some people receive more than one payment type. The Family Assistance Office list includes families on Family Tax Benefit Part A and Family Tax Benefit Part B.

Persons who identify themselves as being of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander origin.

Indigenous death
The death of a person who is identified as being of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander origin on the death information form.

Indirect standardised death rate (ISDR)
Standardised death rates enable the comparison of death rates between populations with different age structures by relating them to a standard population. The ABS standard populations relate to the years ending in 1 (e.g. 2001). The current standard population is all persons in the 2001 Australian population. Standardised death rates are expressed per 1,000 or 100,000 persons. The indirect method is used when the populations under study are small and the age-specific death rates are unreliable or not known. It is an adjustment to the crude death rate of the standard population to account for the variation between the actual number of deaths in the population under study and the number of deaths which would have occurred if the population under study had experienced the age-specific death rates of the standard population. Indirect standardised death rates for the period 1999 to 2001 were compiled using the 1991 age profile standard and these rates are not directly comparable to the rates for 2000 to 2002.

Individual taxable income
The sum of income from all sources as reported on the individual income tax return for the financial year. Included is income received from wages and salaries, own business, investments and government pensions, benefits or allowances.

Internet service provider (ISP)
Resident Australian individuals or businesses offering Internet access services to customers.

Internet subscriber
An ISP customer to whom Internet access is provided. Included are paying and non-paying customers, email only subscribers, dial-up subscribers and those with permanent (non-dial-up) connections. Excluded are customers who purchase other services from an ISP, such as web hosting, but do not obtain Internet access.

Labour force
For any group, persons who were employed or unemployed.

Labour force status
A classification of the civilian population aged 15 years and over into employed and unemployed as defined. The definitions conform closely to the international standard definitions adopted by the International Conferences of Labour Statisticians.

Light commercial vehicles
Describes goods carrying vehicles less than 3.5 tonnes gross vehicle mass. Included are utilities, panel vans, cab-chassis and forward control vehicles (whether four-wheel drive or not).

Listed and contactable telephone connection
A telephone connection that is both listed in the residential section of Telstra's White Pages directories and is able to receive standard telephone calls.

Listed telephone connection
A telephone connection that has a number listed in the residential section of Telstra's White Pages directories. Excluded are numbers listed in any other type of directory, for example community directories and business directories such as 'Yellow Pages'.

Local government areas (LGA)
The areas specified as local government areas are defined in the Australian Standard Geographical Classification (ASGC) (cat. no. 1216.0). LGAs are spatial units which represent the whole, undivided geographical area of responsibility of an incorporated local government council. In Queensland these include cities, towns, shires, Aboriginal councils and Island councils. Local government areas are made up of one or more statistical local areas.

Local government finances
Refers to the financial transactions of all significant local government units. Terms used in this publication are:
    Total income
    The income data in the tables are total operating income, which comprise net rates and charges and other operating income. Total operating income does not include capital grants and subsidies not tied to specific purposes.

    Total expenses
    Expenses include total operating expenses before interest and excluding depreciation.

Major statistical region (MSR)
Brisbane MSR equates with Brisbane Statistical Division while Balance of Queensland MSR equates with the balance of Statistical Divisions in Queensland. Further information may be obtained from Australian Standard Geographical Classification (ASGC) (cat. no. 1216.0).

Mature age allowance
Australian Government Department of Family and Community Services payment that provides assistance to older, long-term unemployed people aged 60 years and over, but below the age pension age. Also included in this category is the mature age partner allowance paid to people below the age pension age and who are partners of people receiving the mature age allowance.

Median age
The age at which half the population is older and half is younger.

Median value house prices
The mid-point of the distribution of recorded house prices.

Medical practitioners (Medical professional)
The roles undertaken typically include diagnosis of physical and mental illnesses, disorders and injuries and prescribing medications and treatment to promote or restore good health. A level of skill commensurate with a bachelor degree or higher qualification and relevant experience is required. Tasks performed include the following items:
  • examining patients to establish the nature of their complaints and performing or ordering tests, X-rays and other diagnostic procedures
  • selecting and administering appropriate treatment and therapy and advising patients of further treatment and preventive or therapeutic measures
  • prescribing, administering, preparing and dispensing medication and prosthetic or corrective devices
  • providing nursing care for patients
  • conducting research to improve diagnosis and treatment.

Mobile phone
A telephone using mobile transmission networks rather than a fixed 'landline' telephone connection. Excludes 'portable' or 'cordless' telephones which still operate via a fixed household telephone connection.

Motor cycles
Includes two and three wheeled mopeds, scooters, motor tricycles and motor cycles with side cars.

Motor vehicle registration
All vehicles registered with a state or territory government motor vehicle registry for unrestricted use on public roads with the following exceptions:
  • diplomatic vehicles
  • vehicles registered by the defence forces.

Newstart allowance
Australian Government Department of Family and Community Services payment, for working-age persons who are unemployed, aimed at ensuring recipients participate in activities designed to help their employment prospects. From September 1996, job search allowance and what was then known as Newstart allowance were combined into a single payment called Newstart allowance.

Non-admitted patient occasions of service
Health services provided to persons who are not admitted to Queensland public acute hospitals. These services may be described as 'outpatient' health services.
Non-residential building
A building primarily intended for purposes other than long-term residential purposes.

Nurses (Nursing professionals)
This occupation provides treatment and care for the physically or mentally ill, the elderly, and mothers and their babies in hospitals, nursing homes, medical centres and the community. They provide health counselling for individuals and families, manage human and material resources for a nursing group or unit and are responsible for the professional development of nurses and for researching issues concerning nursing practice. Nursing professionals have a level of skill commensurate with a bachelor degree or higher qualification and relevant experience is required in addition to the formal qualification. Tasks performed typically include the following items:
  • managing nursing staff within a group or unit and providing professional leadership
  • evaluating nurses’ ongoing educational needs and planning relevant syllabus structures
  • assisting in the examination of patients
  • administering prescribed treatment, monitoring patients’ progress
  • facilitating lifestyle options and service plans in conjunction with patients’ families, other carers and the community.

Refers to the occupation of the main job held during the reference week of employed persons aged 15 years and over. Occupation is coded according to the Australian Standard Classification of Occupations (ASCO), Second Edition (cat. no. 1220.0).

Other connections
Refers to connections that are listed and not contactable (for example, the listed number may have been solely for a fax machine); as well as connections that are not listed and contactable (for example, in the use of silent numbers); as well as connections which are neither listed nor contactable (for example, numbers used solely for a fax machine which are also silent numbers).

Participation rate
For any group, the labour force expressed as a percentage of the civilian population aged 15 years and over in the same group.

Passenger vehicles
Includes cars, station wagons, four-wheel drive passenger vehicles and forward control passenger vehicles with up to nine seats (including the driver).

Point of presence
A server in a geographic location where an ISP can be accessed by a subscriber via access lines.

Private dwellings
Includes houses, flats, units or apartments; and excludes hospitals, motels, caravans, tents, cabins, houseboats, improvised homes and campers.

Tasks performed by Professionals typically include conducting and analysing research to extend the body of knowledge in their field; developing techniques to apply this knowledge; designing products, physical structures and engineering systems; identifying and treating, and advising on health, social, and personal problems; advising clients on legal matters; teaching students in a range of educational institutions or in a private setting; developing and coordinating administrative and marketing programs; and communicating ideas through language, communications media and artistic media including the visual and performing arts. Most occupations in this major group have a level of skill commensurate with a bachelor degree or higher qualification. In some instances relevant experience is required in addition to the formal qualification.

Public acute hospitals
Administered by Queensland Health, public acute hospitals provide at least minimal medical, surgical or obstetrical services for admitted patient treatment and/or care as well as other necessary professional services. Most of the patients have acute conditions or temporary ailments and the average stay per admission is relatively short. In some statistical divisions, public hospitals provide services in remote area locations in conjunction with the Royal Flying Doctor Service and Allied Health Outreach Services.

The Remoteness Structure is a new ABS classification designed to provide a measure of remoteness across Australia. Remoteness Areas, as defined in Chapter 8 in Statistical Geography: Volume 1- Australian Standard Geographical Classification (ASGC), 2001 (cat. no. 1216.0), are based on the Accessibility/ Remoteness Index of Australia (ARIA). ARIA measures the remoteness of a point based on the road distances to the nearest ABS defined Urban Centres (which are classified to five population size classes). The basic premises of ARIA are that there are more services available in large towns than small towns, and that remoteness is a factor of the relative distance one must travel to access a full range of services.

The Remoteness Structure geographically classifies Australia into areas according to their relative remoteness (or ARIA score). As remoteness is measured nationally, not all Remoteness Areas are represented in each state or territory. The six Remoteness Areas are: Major Cities of Australia; Inner Regional Australia; Outer Regional Australia; Remote Australia; Very Remote Australia; and Migratory.

Residential building
A building consisting of one or more dwelling units. Residential buildings are either houses or other residential buildings primarily used for long-term residential purposes.

Room occupancy rate
Occupancy expressed as a percentage of total capacity available during the survey period, i.e.,

Room occupancy rate (%) = Room nights occupied x 100
        Room Nights Available

Providing that, for establishments closing (other than for seasonal reasons) or opening during the survey period, the denominator of the above expression includes only operating periods.

Single location businesses
Businesses engaged in productive activity on a relatively permanent basis operating from one location and registered with the Australian Business Register.

Small businesses
Small businesses are defined as those businesses whose total income or expenses were between $10,000 and $5m. The estimates of small businesses in this publication are not directly comparable with other ABS small business statistics due to differences in definition, scope, coverage, and timing.

The data have been compiled from files provided by the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) of completed tax returns for companies, partnerships, trusts and individuals declaring business income. The introduction of The New Tax System, including the Goods and Services Tax, occurred during 2000-01. The impact of this taxation change on small business returns to the ATO has not been quantified and users are advised to interpret changes with care.

Statistical district
A predominantly urban area, the boundaries of which are designed to contain the anticipated urban spread of the area for at least 20 years. A statistical district is generally defined as containing an urban centre population of 25,000 or more.

Statistical division
One or more statistical subdivisions which form the largest and most stable spatial unit for the presentation of data. Statistical divisions aggregate to form a state or territory without gaps or overlaps.

Statistical local area
A general purpose spatial unit. It is the base spatial unit used by the ABS to collect and disseminate statistics other than those collected from the population census.

Takings from accommodation
Gross revenue from the provision of accommodation. Takings from meals are excluded.

Taxable individual
Person who earned an assessable income. Includes income received from salaries or wages, dividends, pensions, interest, rent and other incomes such as net capital gains. For tax purposes, Australian residents are entitled to a maximum tax-free threshold of $6,000. For more information visit the ATO web site at www.ato.gov.au.

Telephone connection
A single fixed telephone connection or line with its own telephone number attached. Includes lines which are used partially or totally for fax or Internet connection.

Total fertility rate
The sum of age-specific fertility rates (live births at each age of mother per female population of that age). It represents the number of children a woman would bear during her lifetime if she experienced current age-specific fertility rates at each age of her reproductive life. For further information, refer to Births, Australia (cat. no. 3101.0).

Tourism establishments
From the March quarter 1998, the scope of the Survey of Tourist Accommodation (STA) has included licensed hotels, motels and guest houses and serviced apartments with 15 or more rooms or units.

For 2003 the STA included categories of establishments which provide predominantly short-term non-residential accommodation to the general public. These are hotels and resorts with facilities; motels, private hotels and guest houses with facilities; serviced apartments; holiday flats, units and houses; caravan parks and visitor hostels.

Includes rigid vehicles constructed primarily for load carrying with a gross vehicle mass of 3.5 tonnes or more; articulated trucks being vehicles constructed primarily for load carrying consisting of a prime mover having no significant load carrying area but with a turn table device which can be linked to a trailer and with or without a trailer the gross combination mass will be 3.5 tonnes or more; and non-freight carrying trucks which includes specialist vehicles such as ambulances, mobile cranes or vehicles fitted with special purpose equipment and having no goods carrying capacity.

Persons aged 15 years and over who were not employed during the reference week, and:
  • had actively looked for full-time or part-time work at any time in the four weeks up to the end of the reference week and
      - were available for work in the reference week; or
      - were waiting to start a new job within four weeks from the end of the reference week and could have started in the reference week if the job had been available then.
    Unemployment rate
    For any group, the number of unemployed persons expressed as a percentage of the labour force in the same group.

    Wage and salary earners
    Persons aged 15 years and over who have submitted an individual income tax return and for whom wage and salary income was the principal source of income for the financial year.

    Wage and salary income
    Includes all group certificate income and allowances, benefits, earnings and tips including car, travel and other allowances, gratuities, consultation fees, honoraria and commissions, and other payments for service.

    Youth allowance
    The Australian Government Department of Family and Community Services payment provides income support for persons aged 16 to 24 years old and a full-time student or persons aged 18 to 20 years old and looking for work full-time or combining part-time study and looking for work. Youth Allowance replaced Youth Training Allowance and Austudy for those under 25 years from 1 July 1998.