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Statistics and Mapping Section
- This paper, a companion to the Monthly Statistical Bulletin
published by the Parliamentary Library, provides tables and charts for a broad
range of social, demographic and economic indicators across all Australian
states and territories, and compares these to Australian averages.
- Each table presents data for the last five calendar years to 2015,
while each chart plots data for the calendar year 2015.
- The State Statistical Bulletin is published every six months
covering either the previous financial year or calendar year.
1: Labour Market
1.3 Labour force
2: Wages and Prices
2.1 Average weekly ordinary time
2.2 Real average weekly ordinary time
2.3 Male total average weekly
2.4 Female total average weekly
2.5 Wage price index
2.6 Consumer price index
3: State Accounts
3.1 Real gross state product
3.2 Real gross state product per
3.3 Labour productivity
4: Business Conditions
4.1 Value of retail sales
4.2 Passenger vehicle sales
4.3 Dwelling approvals
4.4 Business investment
5.1 Lending for owner occupied
5.2 Home loan size
6: Public Sector Finances
6.1 State government net debt
6.2 State government fiscal balance
6.3 State government taxation revenue
7.1 International merchandise exports
8: Social Statistics
8.2 Apparent school retention rates
8.3 General practice bulk billing
The purpose of this paper is to present a
range of economic and other statistical indicators for the states and territories
of Australia. To facilitate comparisons, indicators are presented in relative
terms such as growth rates, percentages, or proportions of gross state product,
so comparisons can be made using equivalent measures.
This publication is a companion to the Monthly Statistical
Bulletin which contains Australia-wide data only, but on a more frequent basis.
A glossary of social, demographic and economic terms used in
the tables is provided at the end of this publication.
Data sources are listed at the bottom of the page for each
indicator. All data is from an original ABS series unless otherwise indicated
as a trend or seasonally adjusted series.
Long-term data series for every table in this paper and for
the Parliamentary Library’s companion publication, the Monthly
Statistical Bulletin, are available electronically and can be found on
the Parliamentary Library’s Monthly Statistical Bulletin and State Statistical
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and parliamentary staff.
Apparent school retention rate. The
number of full-time school students in a designated level/year of education
expressed as a percentage of their respective cohort group (which is either at
the commencement of their secondary schooling or Year 10). For a discussion of
‘apparent’ retention rates compared to actual retention rates, see the ABS
source publication, Schools, Australia, 2014 (cat. no. 4221.0)
Average weekly earnings. Average gross (before tax)
earnings of employees.
Average weekly ordinary time earnings. Weekly earnings
attributed to award, standard or agreed hours of work.
Business investment. Private gross fixed capital
formation for machinery and equipment; non-dwelling construction; livestock;
and intangible fixed assets.
Consumer price index. A measure of change in the price
of a basket of goods and services from a base period. Changes in the consumer
price index are the most commonly used measures of inflation.
Employed persons. Persons aged 15 and over who, during
a period of one week, worked for one hour or more for pay or worked for one
hour or more without pay in a family business or on a family farm.
General government sector. Government departments and
other entities that provide largely non-market public services and are funded
mainly through taxes and other compulsory levies.
General government sector net debt. Selected
liabilities (deposits held plus proceeds from advances plus borrowing) minus
selected assets (cash and deposits plus investments plus advances outstanding)
of the general government sector.
General government sector fiscal balance. The financing
requirement of the general government sector. A positive sign, or fiscal
surplus, indicates a net lending position; a negative sign, or fiscal deficit,
indicates a net borrowing position.
General practice bulk billing rate. The percentage of
general practitioner attendances (excluding practice nurse) that are bulk
Gross domestic product. The total market value of goods
and services produced within Australia, after deducting the cost of goods and
services used up in the process of production but before deducting for
Gross state product. Equivalent to gross domestic
product except it refers to production within a state or territory rather than
to the nation as a whole.
Gross state product—chain volume measures. Also known
as real gross state product, this is a measure used to indicate change in the
actual quantity of goods and services produced within a state or territory.
Gross state product per capita. The ratio of the chain
volume measure of gross state product to an estimate of the resident population
in the state or territory.
Job vacancy. A job available for immediate filling and
for which recruitment action has been taken.
Job vacancy rate. The number of job vacancies expressed
as a percentage of the number of employee jobs plus the number of job
Labour force. The employed plus the unemployed.
Labour force participation rate. The number of persons
in the labour force expressed as a percentage of the civilian population aged
15 years and over.
Labour productivity. Gross state product (chain volume
measures) per hour worked, all sectors (that is, market and non-market
Male total average weekly earnings. Weekly ordinary
time earnings plus weekly overtime earnings of all male employees. This measure
of earnings is used in the process of benchmarking pensions.
Real average weekly earnings. Average weekly earnings
adjusted for inflation as measured by the Consumer Price Index.
Turnover. Includes retail sales; wholesale sales;
takings from repairs, meals and hiring of goods; commissions from agency
activity; and net takings from gaming machines. Turnover includes the Goods and
Unemployed persons. Persons aged 15 and over who,
during a period of one week, were not employed but had actively looked for work
in the previous four weeks and were available to start work.
Unemployment rate. The number of unemployed persons
expressed as a percentage of the labour force.
Wage price index. A measure of change in the price of
labour (that is, wages, salaries and overtime) unaffected by changes in the
quality or quantity of work performed.
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