What's New in Statistics . . . May

This month: Indigenous languages, farming statistics and health conditions.

Statistics releases in May 2022

If you are interested in any of the forthcoming releases or datasets, please contact the Parliamentary Library to discuss in more detail.

  Statistical reports Release date
ANZ Australian Job Ads Report, April 2022 2 May
ABS Retail Trade, March 2022 4 May
ABS Selected Living Cost Indexes, March 2022 4 May
ABS Lending Indicators, March 2022 4 May
ABS International Trade in Goods and Services, March 2022 5 May
ABS Building Approvals, March 2022 5 May
ABS International Investment Position: Supplementary Statistics, 2021 6 May
ABS Research and Experimental Development, Higher Education Organisations, 2020 6 May
ABS Retail Trade: Additional information, March 2022 10 May
ABS Monthly Business Turnover Indicator, March 2022 10 May
ABS Housing Statistics: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples, 2018–2019 11 May
ABS Weekly Payroll Jobs and Wages in Australia, Week ending 16 April 2022 12 May
ABS Building Approvals, March 2022 12 May
ABS Overseas Arrivals and Departures, March 2022 12 May
ABS Household Impacts of COVID-19 Survey, April 2022 17 May
ABS Wage Price Index, March 2022 18 May
ABS Provisional Mortality Statistics, January 2022 18 May
AIHW Child Protection, 2020–2021 18 May
ABS Labour Force, April 2022 19 May
AIHW Injury in Australia, 2019–2020 Update 19 May
ABS Livestock Products, March 2022 20 May
ABS Monthly Household Spending Indicator, March 2022 23 May
ABS Provisional Mortality Statistics, January–February 2022 25 May
ABS Housing Occupancy and Costs, 2019–2020 25 May
ABS Construction Work Done, Preliminary, March 2022 25 May
ABS Private New Capital Expenditure and Expected Expenditure, March 2022 26 May
ABS Labour Force, Detailed, April 2022 26 May
AIHW Specialist Homelessness Services, March Quarterly Data Update 26 May
ABS Australian Industry, 2020–2021 27 May
ABS Retail Trade, April 2022 27 May
ABS Australian National Accounts: Input-Output Tables, 2019–2020 27 May
ABS Building Approvals, April 2022 31 May
ABS Balance of Payments and International Investment Position, March 2022 31 May
ABS Mineral and Petroleum Exploration, March 2022 31 May
ABS Government Finance Statistics, March 2022 31 May
ABS Business Indicators, March 2022 31 May

Please contact the Library if you would like to see further information on any of these releases. Note: Release dates may be subject to change without notice.

New reports

Language Statistics for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples (ABS)

Did you know . . .

  • There were over 150 Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander languages in the Australian Standard Classification of Languages (ASCL) that were actively spoken (that is, had one or more speakers) in 2016, and 56 languages with no reported speakers.
  • The proportion of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people who speak an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander language at home has declined over time from 16.4% in 1991 to 9.8% in 2016. During the same period, the proportion of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people who speak English at home has increased (78.9% to 83.9%).

About my region dashboard (Australian Bureau of Agricultural and Resource Economics and Sciences (ABARES))

This dashboard shows the latest data for agriculture, forestry and fisheries by Statistical Area 4 (SA4) and Greater Capital Cities regions. Data includes total commodities by value; employment by sector; number and type of farm; land use and estimated value of agricultural operations. A map of the region is also included.

Other reports of interest:

Statistics of the month

Health Conditions Prevalence 2020–21 (ABS)

The 2020–21 National Health Survey (NHS) was conducted from August 2020 to June 2021. Data was collected from approximately 11,000 households around Australia and focused on the health status of Australians and health-related aspects of their lifestyles. Several topics were included for the first time in 2020–21, including e-cigarettes/vaping, food security and stressors. Other topics include: alcohol consumption and physical activity.

Definition: A long-term health condition was defined as a medical condition (illness, injury or disability) which was current at the time of interview and had lasted, or was expected to last, 6 months or more.


Key statistics:

  • Over three-quarters (78.6%) of Australians had at least one long-term health condition in 2020–21
  • Nearly half had at least one chronic condition (46.6% or 11.6 million)
  • Mental and behavioural conditions (20.1%), back problems (15.7%) and arthritis (12.5%) were the most common chronic conditions (see chart)
  • Some long-term health conditions may not be considered chronic but can impact daily life, these included:
  • Over one-quarter (25.6%) of people were short-sighted, while around one in 5 (21.9%) were long-sighted.
  • One in 5 (20.3%) people experienced hayfever or allergic rhinitis.
  • More than one in 10 (11.2%) people had an allergy, with 6.1% reporting food allergies.
  • One in 12 (8.7%) people had a hearing impairment (partial or complete deafness).
  • About one in 15 (6.4%) people experienced severe or very severe bodily pain in the 4 weeks prior to interview.
  • More than half (56.6%) of people aged 15 years and over considered themselves to be in excellent or very good health, while 13.8% considered their health to be fair or poor
  • Just over one in 4 (27.2%) met the physical activity guidelines in 2020–21, while four in 10 (41.8%) people aged 65 years and over met the guidelines.

Chart 1: most prevalent chronic conditions experienced in Australia in 2020–21

Chart of most prevalent chronic conditions experienced in Australia in 2020–21

Source: ABS, Health Conditions Prevalence (Canberra 2022)


Interested in finding out what the latest statistics are telling us about the Australian economy and population?

Each month the Parliamentary Library will publish a Flag Post listing new reports on a wide variety of topics. The list will include important upcoming releases from the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) as well as other research organisations and government departments.






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