1392.0 - Statistical News SA, Sep 2008  
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SA Stats (cat. no. 1345.4)
SA Stats provides an overview of the South Australian population and economy. This publication is updated on a monthly basis, with most releases also featuring an article that provides a South Australian focus on economic, social and environmental issues.

SA Stats, July 2008 (cat no. 1345.4)
July's feature article provides an overview of the number of dwellings approved in South Australia from 1998-99 to 2006-07, using data from the Building Approvals Collection and the Census of Population and Housing. It investigates the type of dwellings being approved in South Australia, and the locations which have experienced the greatest growth.

SA Stats, August 2008 (cat no. 1345.4)
August's feature article provides an overview of South Australia's agriculture industry using data from multiple sources, with an overview of how it has changed over the ten years between 1996-97 and 2006-07.

Australian Social Trends, 2008 (cat no. 4102.0)
This publication presents statistical analysis and commentary on a wide range of social issues and areas of public policy concern. The publication covers topics including family and community, health, education, work and housing. It also provides international comparisons and includes data cubes containing a ten year time series of key indicators at both national and state/territory level.

Listed below are a selection of South Australian related trends from the publication:
  • Internet connection: In 2006-07, 57% of homes in South Australia had an internet connection. South Australia (along with Tasmania) had the lowest proportion of homes with a broadband internet connection (58% of those with an internet connection).
  • First home buyers: In 2005-06, the average mortgage of first home buyers in South Australia was $165,600, which was the lowest in Australia after Tasmania ($147,100). About 29% of South Australian households were renters, equal to the national average.
  • Labour force participation: In 2007, 48% of South Australian women with children aged 0-4 years were participating in the labour force, a little lower than the national average of 51%.
  • Education: In 2007, 55% of South Australians aged 25-64 years had a qualification such as a degree, diploma or certificate, a little lower than the national average of 59%.
  • People living alone: In 2007, South Australia had the highest proportion of people living alone (31%) of all states in Australia.

Water and the Murray-Darling Basin - A Statistical Profile, 2001-01 to 2005-06 (First Issue) (cat. no. 4610.0.55.007)
This publication presents a range of water, social, environmental and economic statistics relating to the Murray-Darling Basin. This region produces a high proportion of Australia's agricultural production and uses approximately 70% of the water applied to agriculture in Australia. Approximately two million Australians live in the Basin, and are mainly employed in retail, health and agriculture. The region is environmentally significant in terms of internationally recognised wetlands, red gum forests, and the river ecosystem itself.

Some South Australian trends from the publication:
  • Agricultural water consumption: In 2005-06, South Australia consumed 5% (345GL) of the total surface water and 4% (47GL) of the total groundwater consumed from the Murray-Darling Basin.
  • Irrigated land: In 2005-06, there were 71,000 hectares of irrigated land in the South Australian part of the Murray-Darling Basin. This represented 3% of all Australian irrigated land.
  • Household water consumption: In 2004-05, 6% of water consumed by households in the Murray-Darling Basin was consumed by South Australian households. South Australian households in the Murray-Darling Basin consumed an average of 101kL per capita, which was higher than the average consumption per capita across the Murray-Darling Basin of 94kL.
  • Employment: In 2006, 7,460 people were employed in the agriculture industry in the South Australian part of the Murray-Darling Basin.
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Atlas of South Australia - Planning SA

The Atlas of South Australia from Planning SA is an online thematic mapping tool with over 160 data layers. Over 20 topics are currently covered including:
  • Agriculture
  • Demographic
  • Education
  • Health
  • Mining
  • Political
  • Topographic
  • Water Resources

The Atlas of South Australia can be accessed at www.atlas.sa.gov.au/go/home. There are also links to other Australian online atlases.

Monitoring Inequality Website - the Public Health Information Development Unit

The South Australian Strategic Plan (SASP) contains 98 targets 'to benchmark or measure our progress over time', and the Government has indicated that these will be assessed and results will be published every two years.

The website of the Public Health Information Development Unit (PHIDU) includes a section on Monitoring Inequality, which analyses 29 targets (or supplementary measures) from the revised South Australia's Strategic Plan (January 2007), taking an inequality perspective. The intention in presenting the data in this way is to add another dimension to the information already available in the Plan.

Included on the website are:
For each identified target (or supplementary measure) from South Australia's Strategic Plan, an analysis of inequality is shown as an 'Indicator measure'. As in many cases an exact data match with the target definition is not available, a 'proxy' measure is shown. Trend data are also displayed where possible, so that progress in addressing inequality can be monitored over time. For each target, data are presented for the total population, for the Aboriginal population, and for an Indigenous/ non-Indigenous comparison.