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Budget Paper No.6 1997/98 Northern Territory Economy



Budget Paper No.6 1997/98 Northern Territory Economy

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Tabled Paper 3223


Tabled Papers for 7th Assembly 1994 - 1997; Tabled papers; ParliamentNT




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The Territorys younger age profile and large Aboriginal population contribute to a relatively low death rate and a high birth rate, with a consequential high rate of natural increase. In 1996, natural increase in the Territory was 2 903, providing a population growth rate of 1.6%. This natural increase was the highest of any jurisdiction, and more than double the national rate of 0.7%. Overseas migration to and from the Territory is primarily driven by the Commonwealths migration policy and the opportunities offered by the Territory relative to other jurisdictions. In 1992, when the Commonwealth Government reduced Australias migrant intake during the latest recession, net overseas migration gain for the Territory was only 77. In 1995, net overseas migration gain recovered to 685 and this improvement continued in 1996 with a net gain of 721. Interstate migration is the most volatile component of the Territorys population growth because of its dependence on a variety of economic and social factors and the acknowledged difficulties ABS has in estimating interstate migration for the Territory. In 1996, the Territory is estimated to have gained 269 persons due to net interstate migration, after a large gain of 977 in 1995. During the late 1980s and early 1990s the Territory consistently recorded net interstate losses. Population Growth -3 000 -2 000 -1 000 0 1 000 2 000 3 000 4 000 5 000 1987 1988 1989 1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 Natural Increase Overseas Migration Net Interstate Migration Total Growth Source: ABS Cat. No. 3101.0 Persons Figure 1.3 Population 3