1308.7 - Inform NT, Jun 2009  
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Northern Territory Summary Statistics
OUT NOW: 2009 NT at a Glance
Darwin House Prices Continue to Rise
New Estimates for Indigenous Life Expectancy Released
Northern Territory Tourist Accommodation
Sales of New Motor Vehicles
Estimated Resident Population for Northern Territory Shires
New Confidentialised Unit Record Files (CURFs)
Measures of Australia's Progress


Catalogue Number
    Selected Data

3101.0Estimated Resident Population (preliminary)(a)
21 644.0
6202.0Total Employed (Trend, May 2009)
10 788.1
6202.0Total Unemployed (Trend, May 2009)
6202.0Unemployment Rate (Trend, May 2009)
6202.0Unemployment Rate (Trend, April 2009)
6202.0Civilian population aged 15+ years(b)
17 481.4
8731.0Total Dwelling Units approved, % change from previous month (Trend, April 2009)
8731.0Total Dwelling Units approved, % change from previous month (Trend, Mar 2009)
6401.0Consumer Price Index (CPI), % Change Mar Qtr 2008 to Mar Qtr 2009
6401.0Consumer Price Index (CPI), % Change Dec Qtr 2008 to Mar Qtr 2009

(a) Population at end December quarter 2008.
(b) See Labour Force Australia, May 2009 (cat. no. 6202.0), explanatory note 10.
(c) Darwin.
(d) Weighted average of eight capital cities.

For further statistics about the NT see Regional Statistics Northern Territory, 2008 (cat. no. 1362.7)


The 2009 edition of Northern Territory at a Glance (cat. no. 1304.7) was released on 28 May in the form of a printed brochure and PDF file. It provides an excellent overview of NT demography, education, labour market, industry sector, employment, prices, overseas trade, agriculture, mining, transport, tourism, retail trade, construction and climate. The PDF file can be downloaded for free from the ABS website and brochure copies are available from the NT ABS Office by calling 08 8943 2100 or emailing nt.statistics@abs.gov.au.


House prices are decreasing across Australia but Darwin seems to be bucking the trend. The March quarter release of House Price Indexes: Eight Capital Cities, Mar 2009(cat. no. 6416.0) contains preliminary estimates that show the house price index for established houses in Darwin increased by approximately 2% between December quarter 2008 and March quarter 2009, while most other capitals decreased.

Over the year to March 2009, the house price index for established houses in Darwin increased by approximately 11%. The only other capital city to experience growth in the price index for established houses was Hobart, which rose by approximately 1% over the 12 month period. The weighted average of the eight capital cities during this same 12 month period decreased by 7%. The largest declines were seen in Perth (-10%), Sydney (-7%) and Melbourne (-7%).


The Experimental Life Tables for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians, 2005–2007 (cat. no. 3302.0.55.003) was released on 25 May. This publication presents estimates of life expectancy for male and female Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians for the reference period 2005–2007, for New South Wales, Queensland, Western Australia, the Northern Territory and Australia. While the underlying method of construction of the life tables remains the same (that is, age/sex-specific death rates are derived from numbers of Indigenous deaths and the Indigenous population), the method for accounting for under-identification of Indigenous deaths has changed.

Life expectancy at birth of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians was 67.2 years for men and 72.9 years for women for 2005–2007. The life expectancy of Indigenous men is 11.5 years lower than for non-Indigenous men, while life expectancy of Indigenous women is 9.7 years lower than for non-Indigenous women. The Northern Territory had the lowest life expectancy for Indigenous men (61.5 years) and women (69.2 years).

These Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander life expectancy estimates were derived using a new method that draws on information from the ABS Indigenous Mortality Quality Study conducted in 2006–07 as part of the Census Data Enhancement Project. The availability of that information considerably improves the quality and robustness of the estimates. Previously published Indigenous life expectancy estimates had been derived using methods based on a range of assumptions and those estimates were very sensitive to the assumptions made.

For further information on the new calculation method see the explanatory notes of the publication.


The Northern Territory is a major tourist destination so accommodation providers will be particularly interested in state data cubes provided in Tourist Accommodation, Small Area Data, Northern Territory (NT) December 2008 (cat. no. 8635.7.55.001) released on 27 March 2009. This data provides an insight into occupancy rates, takings and lengths of stay for various accommodation types for regions within the NT.

In the December quarter 2008, hotels, motels and serviced apartments with 15 rooms or more in Darwin showed 67% room occupancy. During the same period, Alice Springs tourist region had an occupancy rate of approximately 59%. The average length of stay was higher for Darwin tourist region at 2.4 nights compared to 2.2 nights for Alice Springs tourist region. The only other tourist region to show higher average lengths of stay is the Arnhem tourist region, with 2.5 nights.

Trend data shows that room occupancy rates for hotels, motels and serviced apartments with 15 rooms or more in the NT was approximately 64% for the December quarter 2008. Takings from this accommodation for the December quarter reached almost $62 million.


Monthly new car sales in Australia have shown a steady decline since the highest number of recorded sales in January 2008 (90 759). Recently released data show that sales Australia-wide have decreased approximately 20% in the 12 months to April 2009, and 1% since March 2009 (trend estimates). March 2009 to April 2009 trend estimates show a decrease in all states and territories. The Northern Territory had the largest decrease, with 3% followed by South Australia and Victoria with 2%. There were 772 new motor vehicle sales registered in the Northern Territory in April 2009, compared with 1049 in April 2008.

For more information see the latest issue of Sales of New Motor Vehicles, Australia, April 2009 (cat. no. 9314.0).


Geography Changes

On 1 July 2008, the new NT Local Government structure came into effect, resulting in the establishment of eight large (new) shires, three small shires, and the retention of five existing municipal councils. Under the current Australian Standard Geographical Classification (ASGC) when the Local Government Area (LGA) boundaries change, the ABS will update the boundaries in the next edition of the ASGC. As LGAs consist of one or more whole Statistical Local Areas (SLAs) it meant that the ABS also had to change and introduce new SLAs into the NT geography for the 2008 edition of the ASGC. The current ASGC (2008) boundaries for the Northern Territory can be found in Australian Standard Geographical Classification (ASGC), 2008 (cat. no. 1216.0).

ERPs for New Shires (LGAs and SLAs)

On 23 April 2009, the Estimated Resident Population (ERP) for the new NT LGAs and SLAs were published for the first time in Regional Population Growth, Australia, 2007-08 (cat. no. 3218.0). For this publication, the ABS has prepared a time series back to June 2001 of the ERP of all NT SLAs/LGAs and unincorporated areas based on the ASGC 2008 boundaries. The 2008 edition of the ASGC introduced large changes to the NT geography, for example, the unincorporated areas of the NT went from covering 91.4% of the NT's land mass and 16.5% of its ERP at 30 June 2007, to only 1.5% of the NT's landmass and 4.0% of its ERP at 30 June 2008.

ERPs for CDs and Postcode Areas

ERPs are also available for Collection Districts (CDs) and postcode areas for 30 June 2008. Age and sex breakdowns for this low level data will be available in the middle of August 2009. This data will only be available via a paid consultancy service.

Please call our National Information Referral Service on 1300 135 070 or email client.services@abs.gov.au with your request.


The 2007 National Survey of Mental Health and Wellbeing was designed to obtain national benchmarks on a wide range of mental health issues, and to enable changes in health to be monitored over time. On 15 April 2009, the Mental Health and Wellbeing, Basic and Expanded CURFs, Australia, 2007 were released. The CURFs contain confidentialised data on diagnosis, mental health condition, and consultations for mental health (service use) for each selected person and the household to which they belong.

This was one of several exciting CURFS to be released this year, including the Census of Population and Housing: Census Sample File (5%), Expanded CURF, Australia, 2006: a comprehensive 5% Confidentialised Unit Record File (CURF) containing Census characteristics, for a random sample of person, family, household and dwelling variables; and the Employee Earnings and Hours, Expanded CURF, Australia, 2006, which provides the distribution and composition of average weekly earnings and hours of employees classified by sex, adult/junior, full-time/part-time, managerial/non-managerial, industry, State/Territory, sector (private/government), employer unit size, and composition of earnings and hours paid for.

For comprehensive information about these CURFs see the list of available CURFs web page.

Not sure what a CURF is?

A Confidentialised Unit Record File (CURF) is a file of responses to an ABS survey that has had specific identifying information about a person or organisation confidentialised. Each person’s or organisation's response is called a ‘unit record’ or ‘microdata’. CURFs are useful for researchers and statisticians as they allow them to discover specific information and trends. For detailed information see 'what is CURF microdata?'

How do I get a CURF?

Access to CURF microdata is tightly regulated as the ABS considers the protection of respondent privacy as vitally important and goes to great lengths to maintain it by confidentialising all microdata. Information about microdata confidentiality is available on the CURF microdata entry page.

Access to CURF Microdata on CD-ROM or via the Remote Access Data Laboratory (RADL) or ABS Data Laboratory requires: reading the managing ABS Confidentialised Unit Record Files (CURFs) - a step by step guide; an individual user undertaking form (IUU1) from the CURF applicant countersigned by the organisation's CURF Contact Officer; and a request to access a CURF form (REQ1 or 2), indicating which CURFs are requested and what type of access is required.


Measures of Australia's Progress: Summary Indicators, 2009 (cat. no. 1383.0.55.001) was released on the 30 April 2009 and includes State and Territory data as excel data cubes. Measures of Australia's Progress (MAP) data cubes provide a selection of thirteen tables which include: health, education, unemployment, income, crime, economic hardship, wealth, the air and atmosphere, inland waters, land and biodiversity; all with state and territory comparisons and Australia totals. MAP is not intended as a substitute for the full array of statistics: the ABS hopes that readers will be led to read other ABS publications on aspects of society, the economy and the environment that particularly interest them.