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Budget Paper No5 Northern Territory Economy 1998/99



Budget Paper No5 Northern Territory Economy 1998/99

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Tabled Paper 382


Tabled papers for 8th Assembly 1997 - 2001; Tabled papers; ParliamentNT




Tabled by Michael Reed


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The population of Darwin City increased by 0.8% in 1997, reflecting a continuation of the pattern of urban redevelopment and the continuing demand for medium density dwellings. This also reflects the ageing of the population as well as the steady reduction in average household size. The Darwin Region grew by 2.8% over the year. Population growth was spread fairly evenly amongst all the other urban centres with the exception of Nhulunbuy. Gender Profile The national gender ratio of 99 males for every 100 females was almost balanced in 1997. In contrast , the Territory has significantly more males than females, with a ratio of 112.5 males for every 100 females. Prior to 1991, the ratio in the Territory had been falling due to a more rapid growth in the female population. However, there has been a reversal of this trend since 1991 under the impact of the defence build-up and the increasing level of construction activity. In the year to December 1997, the male population grew by 2.6% compared with 1.8% growth in the female population. Age Distribution In 1997, the Territorys population remained the youngest of any jurisdiction. It had the largest proportion of population under 15 years, and the smallest proportion of people over 65 years, of any State or Territory. The median age of Territorians was 28.1 years, some six years younger than the national median age of 34.3. While, the median age in the Territory is now some two years higher than a decade ago, the gap between the Territory and the nation has widened by one year as the nation is ageing even faster. The Territory has a higher proportion of its population in the prime working age group of 25-44 years than the national average. The ageing of the Territory population has important implications for the provision of Government services. For instance, the number of people aged over 70 years is 5 Population 10 8 6 4 2 0 2 4 6 8 0-4 5-9 10-14 15-19 20-24 25-29 30-34 35-39 40-44 45-49 50-54 55-59 60-64 65-69 70-74 75-79 80-84 85+ 1997 1987 Northern Territory Australia Per cent of Population 0 Figure 1.5 AGE DISTRIBUTION OF POPULATION Source: ABS Cat. No. 3201.0

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