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Budget Paper 1994-95 No.6 Northern Territory Economy



Budget Paper 1994-95 No.6 Northern Territory Economy

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Tabled Paper 2156


Tabled Papers for 6th Assembly 1990 - 1994; Tabled Papers; ParliamentNT




Tabled by Barry Coulter


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Population Age D istribution o f Population over 80 70-79 60-69 50-59 40-49 30-39 20-29 10-19 0-9 20 15 10 5 0 5 10 15 20 Per cent o f Population Source: ABS Cat. No. 3101.0 W ithin aggregate Territory population growth there are sign ifican t differences in regional population grow th rates. R egional population estim ates show population grow th over the year to June 1992 was concentrated in Palm erston (up 5.8% ), K atherine (up 2.5% ) and Alice Springs (up 1.3%). The only urban centre to record a decrease was Tennant C reek (down 0.8% ). As at June 1992, the urban population grew at an average rate greater than the Territory as a w hole representing 70.6% o f to tal Territory population. The average age o f the Territory population is steadily increasing, as is the case nationally. F igure 1.4 illustrates this process for both the Territory and A ustralia as a w hole betw een 1986 and 1993. As population characteristics change, program s and services supplied by governm ent undergo gradual transition to m eet em erging dem and. W hile this phenom enon is com m on to both the Territory and A ustralia, the Territory retains a considerably younger age profile. For exam ple, 35.4% o f Territorians are 19 years o f age or younger, and 88.1% are 49 years o f age or younger, com pared to national figures o f 29.0% and 75.0% , respectively. R eflecting the d ifference in age distribution, the average age o f Territorians is 27.2 years com pared to 32.7 years for A ustralia as a whole. 4