What's New in Statistics . . . December

This month focuses on the following topics: intimate partner violence among 18–19 year olds, the National Wastewater Drug Monitoring Program and life expectancy in Australia.

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 Permanent Migrants in Australia, 2021 1 Dec
ABS Marriages and Divorces, 2022 1 Dec
AIHW National Cervical Screening Program Monitoring Report, 2023 1 Dec
ABS Business Indicators, September 2023 4 Dec
ABS Retail Trade, October 2023 4 Dec
ABS Mineral and Petroleum Exploration, September 2023 4 Dec
ABS Lending Indicators, October 2023 4 Dec
ANZ ANZ Job Advertisements, November 2023 4 Dec
ABS Government Finance Statistics, September 2023 5 Dec
ABS Monthly Household Spending Indicator, October 2023 5 Dec
ABS Balance of Payments and International Investment Position, September 2023 5 Dec
ABS Total Value of Dwellings, September Quarter 2023 5 Dec
ABS Personal Income in Australia, 2020–21 6 Dec
ABS Jobs in Australia, 2020-21 6 Dec
ABS Australian National Accounts: National Income, Expenditure and Product, September 2023 6 Dec
ABS Australian National Accounts: Tourism Satellite Account, 2022–23 6 Dec
JSA Nowcast of Employment by Region and Occupation, November 2023 6 Dec
ABS Weekly Payroll Jobs, week ending 11 November 2023      7 Dec
ABS International Trade in Goods, October 2023 7 Dec
ABS Building Approvals, October 2023 7 Dec
ABS Labour Account, September 2023 8 Dec
ABS Multiple Job-Holders, September 2023 8 Dec
ABS Monthly Business Turnover Indicator, October 2023 12 Dec
ABS Overseas Arrivals and Departures, October 2023 12 Dec
AIHW Alcohol, Tobacco, and Other Drugs in Australia 13 Dec
AIHW Youth detention, 2023 13 Dec
ABS Estimates of Industry Multifactor Productivity, 2022–23 13 Dec
ABS Working Arrangements, August 2023 13 Dec
ABS Characteristics of Employment, August 2023 13 Dec
ABS Employee Earnings, August 2023 13 Dec
AIHW First Nations People with Asthma (new) 14 Dec
ABS Industrial Disputes, September 2023 14 Dec
ABS International Trade: Supplementary Information, 2022–23 14 Dec
ABS National, State and Territory Population, June 2023 14 Dec
ABS Labour Force, November 2023 14 Dec
ABS National Health Survey: First Results, 2022 15 Dec
ABS Tourism Satellite Accounts: Tourism Labour Statistics, Experimental Estimates, September 2023 15 Dec
ABS Overseas Migration, 2022–23 15 Dec
ABS Provisional Mortality Statistics, Jan–Aug 2023 18 Dec
ABS Counts of Australian Businesses, including Entries and Exits, July 2019–June 2023 18 Dec
ABS Labour Force, Detailed, November 2023 21 Dec
ABS Australian National Accounts: Finance and Wealth, September 2023 21 Dec

(a) Jobs and Skills Australia (JSA) Note: Release dates may be subject to change without notice.

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Recent reports

Intimate Partner Violence Among Australian 18–19 year olds, 2023 (Growing up in Australia: Longitudinal Study of Australian Children)

Key points:

  • Approximately 3 in 10 reported at least one experience of intimate partner violence in the previous year.
  • 1 in 4 reported emotional abuse in the previous year.
  • 1 in 12 experienced sexual abuse in the previous year, with sexual abuse more prevalent among females than males.
  • 17% reported experiencing 1 type of intimate partner violence or abuse, 8% reported experiencing 2 types and 4% reported experiencing 3 types. Emotional abuse and physical violence were the most likely to co‑occur.
  • High trust and good communication with parents during adolescence reduces the risk of later emotional abuse victimisation by 39% and sexual abuse victimisation by 77% compared to low trust.

National Wastewater Drug Monitoring Program, 2023 (Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission)


This report is based on data collected in December 2022 and February 2023. In December 2022 the Program covered 55% of the Australian population—about 14 million Australians.

  • In the current reporting period, heroin has been overtaken by cocaine and is now the fourth most consumed illicit drug. Consumption of fentanyl exceeded oxycodone for the first time since April 2021, with consumption of fentanyl increasing since April 2022. There was record low consumption of oxycodone in regional areas in December 2022 and in capital cities in February 2023.
  • Capital city methylamphetamine, cocaine, MDMA, MDA, heroin and ketamine average consumption exceeded regional consumption.
  • Regional alcohol, nicotine, oxycodone, fentanyl and cannabis average consumption exceeded capital city consumption.

Life Expectancy, 2020–2022 (Australian Bureau of Statistics)

This report presents life expectancy estimates based on the occurrence of deaths in the 2020–2022 period, making it the first to span all 3 years of the COVID-19 pandemic. Life expectancy decreased in 2020–2022 for the first time since the mid 1990's.

  • Life expectancy at birth for males was 81.2 years and 85.3 years for females, a decrease of 0.1 years for both.
  • Over the past decade, life expectancy increased by 1.3 years for males and 1.0 year for females.
  • The gap in life expectancy between males and females is 4.1 years, compared to 5.9 years in 1992 (74.5 years for males and 80.4 years for females).

By states and territories:

  • The Australian Capital Territory had the highest life expectancy: males at 82.2 years and females at 86.0 years.
  • The Northern Territory had the lowest for both males (76.2 years) and females (80.7 years), 5.0 years and 4.6 years lower when compared to the national data.

Internationally (based on United Nations estimates):

  • Australia has the third highest life expectancy for persons in the world.
  • Monaco (85.95) and Japan (84.78) have higher life expediencies than Australia.

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 reports from other research organisations and government departments.


Flagpost is a blog on current issues of interest to members of the Australian Parliament

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