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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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Age Distribution In 1996, the Territorys population continued to be 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 28.9 years, 5.2 years younger than the national median age of 34.1. The Territory has a higher proportion of its population in the prime working age group (25-44). However, the Territory population is ageing, with a median age now some three years higher than a decade ago. The ageing of the Territory population has important implications for the provision of Government services. While there is relatively less need for services for younger people, there is a greater need for costly health services for the elderly. There are also implications for the labour force, with more people in the working age group and also a greater demand for housing as the number of households increases. Between June 1991 and June 1995, the number of Territory households increased by 12.5% from 51 000 to 57 400. This rate of growth is considerably higher than the comparable population growth of 5.2%. 0 10 20 30 40 50 60 70 80 90 100 1987 1988 1989 1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 Population Profile Males Females Source: ABS Cat. No. 3101.0 '000 Figure 1.4 Population 5

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