What's new in statistics. . .November

This month: How Australians use their time, renewable energy and National Diabetes Month.

Forthcoming releases

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
ABS Building Approvals, September 2022 2 Nov
ABS Selected Living Cost Indexes, September 2022 2 Nov
ABS Lending Indicators, September 2022 2 Nov
ABS International Trade in Goods and Services, September 2022 3 Nov
ABS Twenty-seven years of prisoners in Australia (new release) 3 Nov
NVCER Government Funding of VET, 2021 3 Nov
ABS Retail Trade, September 2022 4 Nov
ABS Barriers and Incentives to Labour Force Participation, 2020–21 4 Nov
ABS Guide to labour statistics, 2022 7 Nov
ABS Data by region, 2011 to 2022 7 Nov
ABS Life tables, 2019–2021 8 Nov
ABS Monthly Household Spending Indicator, September 2022 8 Nov
ABS Jobs in Australia, 2015–16 to 2019–20 8 Nov
ABS Personal Income in Australia, 2015–16 to 2019–20 8 Nov
ABS Monthly Business Turnover Indicator, September 2022 9 Nov
ABS Building Approvals, September 2022 9 Nov
AIHW Family, Domestic and Sexual Violence Data in Australia 9 Nov
ABS Education and Work, May 2022 10 Nov
ABS Weekly Payroll Jobs and Wages in Australia, Week ending 15 October 2022 10 Nov
ABS Marriages and Divorces, 2021 10 Nov
ABS Employment and Earnings, Public Sector, 2021–22 10 Nov
ABS Estimates of Industry Level KLEMS Multifactor Productivity, 2020–21 15 Nov
ABS Overseas Arrivals and Departures, September 2022 15 Nov
ABS Wage Price Index, September 2022 16 Nov
AIHW Serving and Ex-serving ADF Members Who Have Served Since 1985: suicide monitoring 1997–2020 16 Nov
ABS Labour Force, October 2022 17 Nov
ABS Livestock Products, September 2022 17 Nov
ABS Patient Experiences, 2021–22 18 Nov
ABS Australian National Accounts: State Accounts, 2021–22 18 Nov
ABS Retirement and Retirement Intentions, 2021–22 23 Nov
ABS Corrective Services, September Quarter 2022 24 Nov
ABS Labour Force (Detailed), October 2022 24 Nov
ABS Retail Trade, October 2022 28 Nov
ABS Labour hire workers (new release), August 2020 29 Nov
ABS National Ocean Account, Experimental Estimates, November 2022 29 Nov
AIHW Australia's Mothers and Babies: Stillbirths and Neonatal deaths; Maternal Deaths 29 Nov
ABS Building Approvals, October 2022 30 Nov
ABS Construction Work Done (Preliminary), September 2022 30 Nov
ABS Monthly Consumer Price Index Indicator, October 2022 30 Nov
AIHW Economics of sports injuries 30 Nov
AIHW National Perinatal Data Collection Data Availability Resource (new release) 30 Nov

Note: Release dates may be subject to change without notice.

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Recent reports

Clean Energy Australia Report 2022

According to the report:

The Australian renewable energy industry accounted for 32.5% of Australia’s total electricity generation in 2021, which represented an increase of almost 5 percentage points compared to 2020. In the past 5 years, the proportion of Australia’s electricity that comes from renewables has almost doubled, increasing from 16.9% in 2017 to 32.5% this year.

The growth in renewable energy generation was most keenly felt in the coal sector, which saw its share of total generation fall from 62.0% in 2020 to 59.1% in 2021. The gas sector also saw a notable fall, with its proportion of total generation falling to 7.7% in 2021, down from 9.9% in 2020.

How Australians Use Their Time, 2020–21 (ABS)

People in Australia spent an average of 3.5 hours a day on unpaid work activities during 2020–21, according to the latest Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) Time Use Survey. Unpaid work includes domestic duties like housework, food and drink preparation and shopping, as well as childcare, adult care and volunteering activities.

Other key findings from the Survey include:


  • Whilst both females (94%) and males (86%) participated in unpaid work activities (which includes domestic, childcare, adult care and voluntary work activities), females spent on average 4 hours 31 minutes a day, compared to 3 hours 12 minutes for males.
  • Females (93%) were more likely than males (82%) to participate in most types of domestic activities (as shown in Figure 1), such as:
    • housework (70% of females compared to 42% of males)
    • food and drink preparation/service (75% compared to 55%)
    • shopping (38% compared to 31%).

Figure 1: Participation in domestic activities by sex (%)

Graph - Participation in domestic activities by sex (%)

Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS), How Australians Use Their Time (Canberra, 2022)

More female parents of children under 15 years participated in childcare activities than male parents (89% compared to 73%). Of the different types of childcare participated in by parents of children under 15 years:

  • 70% of females engaged in the physical and emotional care of children (42% of males)
  • 51% of females spent time playing, reading or talking with a child (38% of males)
  • 40% of females participated in feeding and food preparation for children compared to 17% of males.

Most people participated in recreation and leisure activities (93%) and spent on average 4 hour 23 minutes of their day on these activities:

  • 75% watched TV and video, for an average of 2 hours 55 minutes
  • 36% engaged in general internet and device use, for an average of 1 hour 1 minute
  • 30% did exercise, sport or outdoor activity, for an average of 1 hour 29 minutes
  • 22% were reading for an average of 1 hour 26 minutes.

Other reports of interest

November: National Diabetes Month

Vegetable salad photo 

In 2020, an estimated 1 in 20 (almost 1.3 million) Australians were living with diabetes. This includes people with type 1 diabetes, type 2 diabetes and other diabetes, but excludes gestational diabetes.

In 2020–21 there were 19,100 emergency department presentations with a principal diagnosis of type 1 diabetes, type 2 diabetes or other diabetes. 

In the same period, there were over 16.5 million prescriptions dispensed for diabetes medicines

According to the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare National Mortality Database, in 2020, diabetes was the underlying cause of around 5,100 deaths. However, it contributed to around 17,500 deaths (10.8% of all deaths) when associated causes are included.

Data sourced from the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare, Diabetes: Australian facts; Ella Olsson/Unspash.com

Interested in finding out what the latest statistics are telling us about the Australian economy and population? Each month the Parliamentary Library publishes a Flag Post article listing new reports on a wide variety of topics. The list includes important upcoming ABS releases and other research organisations and government departments.

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