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The difference between selected liabilities (deposits held, advances received, and borrowing) and selected financial assets (cash and deposits, advances paid, and investments, loans and placements). A negative figure indicates that a council is in a net lending position.
Net financial worth
Net financial worth is equal to financial assets minus liabilities. It is a broader measure than net debt in that it incorporates provisions made (such as superannuation, but excluding depreciation and bad debts) as well as holdings of equity. Net financial worth includes all classes of financial assets and liabilities, only some of which are included in net debt.
A payment which provides assistance to working-aged unemployed people, aimed at ensuring recipients participate in activities designed to help their employment prospects. Long-term Newstart Allowance customers are those who have been receiving payments for more than 364 days. For the years shown, this payment was the responsibility of the Australian Government Department of Family and Community Services.
A non-residential building is primarily intended for purposes other than long-term residential purposes.
Other income reported on the individual tax return that was not allocated to wage and salary income, own unincorporated business income, investment income or superannuation and annuity income.
Other pensions and allowances
Persons receiving these payments contribute to the total selected income support customer numbers:
For the years shown, these payments were the responsibility of the Australian Government Department of Family and Community Services.
For new motor vehicle sales, this describes light trucks which includes: trucks, buses, vans, all terrain wagons, pick-up/cab chassis (whether four-wheel drive or not) with a gross vehicle mass of 2.5 to 3.5 tonnes. Also included are heavy trucks and buses, with a gross vehicle mass exceeding 3.5 tonnes. Includes four-wheel drive passenger vehicles.
Own unincorporated business income
Income as reported on individual tax returns including net income (or loss) from business and distributions from partnerships and trusts for primary production activities. Excludes distributions from trusts for non-primary production activities. Excludes the income of working directors/owners of incorporated business who are classified as employees (as income is included under wage and salary income).
The Parenting Payment attempts to ensure that a parent/guardian (single or member of a couple) who has a child under 16 years of age receives an adequate level of income without needing to look for work. It is an amalgamation of the Parenting Allowance and the Sole Parent Pension. Within the Parenting Payment these two former payments are known as the Parenting Payment - Partnered and the Parenting Payment - Single, respectively. For the years shown, this payment was the responsibility of the Australian Government Department of Family and Community Services.
For new motor vehicle sales, this includes vehicles designed primarily for the carriage of people, such as cars, station wagons and people movers. Does not include four-wheel drive passenger vehicles as these are included in ‘Other vehicles’.
For motor vehicles on register, this includes cars, station wagons, four-wheel drive passenger vehicles and forward control passenger vehicles with up to nine seats (including the driver).
The population density for a region is calculated by dividing the estimated resident population by the land area.
Private sector houses
A house is a detached building primarily used for long-term residential purposes. It consists of one dwelling unit. Building ownership is classified as either public or private sector and is based on the sector of intended owner of the completed building at the time of approval.
Proportion of population in remoteness areas
Indicates the proportion of the population living in each category of Remoteness. The population counts are those at the 2001 Census.
The Remoteness Structure contains the following categories which provide a measurement of whether geographic distances impose restrictions on the accessibility to the widest range of goods, services and opportunities for social interaction:
A residential building is a building consisting of one or more dwelling units. Residential buildings can be either houses or other residential buildings.
Room occupancy rate
Occupancy expressed as a percentage of total capacity available during the survey period.
A school (other than a special school) must satisfy the following criteria:
The term ‘school’ in this product includes special schools in institutions and hospitals, mission schools and similar establishments. The term excludes preschools, kindergarten centres, pre-primary schools or pre-primary classes in or attached to non-special schools, senior technical and agricultural colleges, evening schools, continuation classes and institutions such as business or coaching colleges.
Single location businesses
Businesses engaged in productive activity on a relatively permanent basis operating from one location and registered with the Australian Business Register.
States and territories are geographic areas and political entities with fixed boundaries. States and territories consist of one or more statistical divisions. In aggregate, they cover Australia without gaps or overlaps.
Statistical divisions (SDs) consist of one or more statistical subdivisions (SSDs) and form a larger and more stable spatial unit for the presentation of data. SDs are defined as socially and economically homogeneous regions characterised by identifiable links between inhabitants, under the unifying influence of one or more major cities or towns. In aggregate, they cover Australia without gaps or overlaps.
Statistical local areas
The statistical local area (SLA) is a general purpose spatial unit. It is the base spatial unit used to collect and disseminate statistics other than those collected from the Population Censuses. In non-census years, the SLA is the smallest unit defined in the ASGC. SLAs are based on the boundaries of incorporated bodies of local government (i.e. local government areas) where these exist. Where there is no incorporated body of local government, SLAs are defined to cover the unincorporated areas. One or more SLAs can make up an LGA. In aggregate, SLAs cover Australia without gaps or overlaps.
Statistical subdivisions (SSDs) consist of one or more statistical local areas (SLAs) and form an intermediate size spatial unit for the presentation of data. SSDs are defined as socially and economically homogeneous regions characterised by identifiable links between inhabitants. One or more SSDs can make up a statistical division (SD). In aggregate, they cover Australia without gaps or overlaps.
A student is a person who is formally enrolled in a school and active in a course of study other than preschool or TAFE courses. Students not present at school on the annual National Schools Statistics Collection (NSSC) census date were included if they were expected to be absent for less than 4 continuous weeks (excluding school vacations) and were excluded if they had left the school or had been absent without explanation for 4 continuous weeks (excluding school vacations) prior to the census date.
Superannuation and annuity income
Includes superannuation and similar pensions and annuities paid by an Australian superannuation funds, a retirement savings account provider, a registered organisation or life assurance company and pensions paid by a fund established for the benefit of Commonwealth, state or territory employees and their dependants. Includes bonuses from life insurance companies and friendly societies.
Takings from accommodation
Gross revenue from the provision of accommodation. Takings from meals are excluded.
Refers to the total of financial and non-financial assets held by councils at 30 June. Assets are instruments or entities over which ownership rights are enforced by institutional units and from which economic benefits may be derived by holding them, or using them, over a period of time. Assets fall into two classes,non-financial and financial.
Refers to the total of those items of Expense, shown in the Operating Statements of councils’ Statements of Accounts, which are defined within the Government Finance Statistics (GFS) framework of the ABS as GFS Expenses. For details see the Information Paper: Accruals-based Government Finance Statistics (cat. no. 5517.0).
Total income of wage and salary earners
For wage and salary earners, the sum of income from all sources as reported on the individual income tax return for the financial year. Average total income in an area is calculated by dividing the total income by the total number of wage and salary earners.
Refers to deposits held, advances received, borrowing, employee entitlements and provisions, and other non-equity liabilities of councils at 30 June.
Refers to the total of those items of Revenue, shown in the Operating Statements of councils’ Statements of Accounts, which are defined within the Government Finance Statistics (GFS) framework of the ABS as GFS Revenues. For details see Information Paper: Accruals-based Government Finance Statistics (cat. no. 5517.0).
Total selected income support customers
Included are persons whose main payment type is Age Pension, Austudy, Carer Allowance, Carer Payment, Disability Support Pension, Double Orphan Pension, Exceptional Circumstances, Mobility Allowance, Newstart Allowance, Newstart Mature Age Allowance, Parenting Payment Partnered, Parenting Payment Single, Partner Allowance, Sickness Allowance, Special Benefit, Widow Allowance, Wife pension, Widow Class B and Youth Allowance. Excluded from income support customers are persons whose main payment type is Bereavement Allowance, Childcare Benefit, Farm Family Restart and Family Tax Benefit Parts A and B. For the years shown, these payments were the responsibility of the Australian Government Department of Family and Community Services. Brief descriptions of each included payment type are provided in this glossary.
For new motor vehicle sales, included are passenger vehicles, four-wheel drive vehicles, trucks, buses, vehicles with diplomatic and consular plates, State/Territory and Commonwealth owned vehicles and vehicles belonging to the defence forces. Excluded are motor cycles, plant and equipment and unpowered vehicles.
For motor vehicles on register, 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 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 4 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 4 weeks from the end of the reference week and could have started in the reference week if the job had been available then.
For any group, the number of unemployed persons expressed as a percentage of the labour force in the same group.
Value of agricultural production
The value placed on recorded production at the wholesale prices realised in the market place.
Value of building
Statistics on the value of building work approved are derived by aggregating the estimated ‘value of building work when completed’ as reported on building approval documents provided to local councils or other building approval authorities. Conceptually these value data should exclude the value of land and landscaping but include site preparation costs. These estimates are usually a reliable indicator of the completed value of ‘houses’. However, for ‘other residential buildings’ and ‘non-residential buildings’, they can differ significantly from the completed value of the building as final costs and contracts have not been established before council approval is sought and gained.
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 (or main) source of income for the financial year.
Wage and salary income
Wage and salary income, as reported on the income tax return, includes gross income as shown on the ‘PAYG payment summary - individual non-business’ as well as allowances, commissions, bonuses, tips, gratuities, consultation fees, honoraria and other payments for services. Allowances and other earnings may include car, travel or transport allowances for tools, clothing or laundry and dirt, risk, meal or entertainment allowances. (Note: PAYG (Pay as You Go) payment summaries were previously known as Group Certificates). Average wage and salary income in an area is calculated by dividing the total wage and salary income by the total number of wage and salary earners.
A payment which commenced on 1 July 1998, that provides income support to young people who are either looking for work, studying or who are sick. For the years shown, this payment was the responsibility of the Australian Government Department of Family and Community Services.