Budget 2013/14 Northern Territory Economy
Tabled paper 295
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Tabled by David Tollner
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58 Labour Market 2013-14 Budget ppt: percentage point contribution Source: ABS Cat. No. 6202.0 Indigenous Labour Market The Territory has the highest proportion of Indigenous residents of any jurisdiction in Australia. The relatively small size of the Indigenous population and its wide dispersion, together with the relatively high proportion living in remote areas, presents particular difficulties in producing reliable labour force estimates. Data specific to the Indigenous labour force uses a very small sample size, which can lead to volatility in the published data. The most recent data available is for 2011. An estimated 17700 Indigenous people were employed in the Territory in 2011, out of an estimated Indigenous labour force of 20500 people. This resulted in an unemployment rate of 13.5percent. The Indigenous labour force participation rate was estimated at 43.8percent in 2011, significantly lower than the non-Indigenous participation rate, although this includes certain participants in the Community Development Employment Projects (CDEP) scheme. Participants employed in the CDEP scheme who receive income support benefits instead of CDEP wages are not considered to be employed and therefore may not be classified as participating in the labour force. The CDEP scheme is to be discontinued as of 1July2013 and participants will be transitioned to the Remote Jobs and Communities Program, discussed separately later in this chapter. Fly-InFly-Out Workers The ABS reports employment of Australian resident FIFO workers in the jurisdiction where they usually reside rather than the place where they are usually employed. This is important in the Territory as a substantial number of FIFO workers are employed, especially in the mining industry and particularly during the construction phase of major projects, who are not usually resident in the Territory. As such, changes in employment data in the Territory as reported in the LFS may not reflect the actual changes in the number of jobs being created. Specific time series data on the number of FIFO workers in the Territory is not available. However, by using data from the 2011 ABS Census of Population and Housing (the 2011 Census), it is possible to gain an estimate Chart 5.4: Difference Between Male and Female Participation Rates in the Territory 0 5 10 15 20 25 30 83 84 85 86 87 88 89 90 91 92 93 94 95 96 97 98 99 00 01 02 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 Ppt Year ended June
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