1304.5 - Stats Talk WA (Newsletter), Oct 2006  
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Survey of Motor Vehicle Use
(cat no. 9208.0)
Release Date: 7 September 2006

Results of this survey which was conducted between 1 November 04 and 31 October 05 showed that Western Australian drivers did not travel as far as their interstate counterparts during this period. In Western Australia 1,542,199 vehicles travelled a total of 21,647,000 km, an average of 14,000 km per vehicle. This is below the national average of 14,800 km and only ahead of South Australia with 13,100 km per vehicle.

Despite being the largest state, WA’s articulated trucks recorded the lowest average kilometres travelled, 70,700 km compared to a national average of 92,100 km. Even more surprisingly, the ACT recorded the highest average kilometres travelled for articulated trucks, 118,800 km.

Diabetes in Australia: A snapshot, 2004-2005
(cat. no. 4820.0.55.001)
Release Date: 22 August 2006

4.0% of males and 3.2% of females reported having diabetes mellitus in 2004-05. In all age groups above 35 years, males had higher rates of reported diabetes than females in 2004-05, with the peak for both sexes occurring in the 65-74 years age group.

The prevalence of diabetes has previously been reported as being higher among people born overseas, eg. persons born in Southern and Central Asia (8.7%), compared with people born in Australia (3.3%).

Labour Price Index
(cat. no. 6345.0)
Release Date: 15 November 2006

The Labour Price Index measures changes in the price of labour services resulting from market pressures, and is unaffected by changes in the composition of the labour force or quantity of work performed. The increases in indexes (in original terms) at the industry level, for the March Qtr 2006, to June Qtr 2006, ranged from 0.3% for Accommodation, cafes and restaurants and Cultural and recreational services to 2.4% for Mining.