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




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Population Distribution The Territorys population is concentrated in the urban centres. As at 30 June 1996, the combined population of Darwin City, Litchfield Shire and Palmerston (the Darwin region) accounted for 53.5% of the total Territory population, Alice Springs accounted for a further 14.5% and other major centres accounted for an additional 8.9%. Over the year to 30 June 1996, Palmerston was the fastest growing area of all Territory major urban centres with an annual increase of 5.8%, and continued to have the highest annual population growth rate of any Local Government Area in Australia. This growth was due mainly to the availability of land for residential developments, the continued flow of people from Darwin and the significant inflow of defence personnel and their families. Darwin Citys population increased by 1.5% in 1996, after zero growth in previous years. This reflects a substantial increase in the supply of medium to high density dwellings. All other urban centres also recorded increases except Katherine which was unchanged. Cultural Diversity Approximately 27.5% of the Territorys population are Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders. This is far higher than any other State or Territory. Nationally Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders account for 1.8% of the total population. In addition, 20% of the Territorys population were born overseas (1991 Census) of which a significant proportion come from Asia. Gender Profile In contrast to the national gender ratio of 99.1 males for every 100 females, the Territory has more males than females, with a ratio of 105.4 males per 100 females in December 1996. In recent years, the ratio has been falling due to more rapid growth in the female population. This in part reflects the increased job opportunities for women in the Territory as the economic base of the Territory broadens. In the year to December 1996, the female population grew by 2.4% compared with 2.1% growth in the male population. Table 1.2 Population Distribution (as at June 1996) % Annual % of Change Total Darwin City 67 934 1.5 38.2 Palmerston 12 973 5.8 7.3 Litchfield 14 171 2.3 8.0 Katherine 8 809 0.0 5.0 Nhulunbuy 3 915 2.3 2.2 Tennant Creek 3 103 2.3 1.7 Alice Springs 25 700 2.3 14.5 Rest of Territory 41 115 2.1 23.1 Total 177 720 2.1 100.0 Source: ABS Cat. No. 3207.7 Population 4

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