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Budget 2013/14 Northern Territory Economy



Budget 2013/14 Northern Territory Economy

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60 Labour Market 2013-14 Budget Source: ABS 2012 Census, table generated 20 February 2013, using 2011 Census Counting Employed Persons, Place of Work, Census 2011, Table Builder Pro, Northern Territory Government Licence; ABS Cat. No. 6291.0.55.003 The largest proportion of non-resident workers reported that their place of employment was in Darwin. The industries with the highest number of non-resident workers in Darwin were public administration and safety, and healthcare and social assistance, reflecting both the large CommonwealthGovernment presence in the Territory in general as well as the difficulty in recruiting specialist medical staff. It also reflects the relatively short-term nature of employment contracts for such staff, who maintain a residence elsewhere. The next largest industry was professional, scientific and technical services, reflecting the national shortage of highly skilled staff, which is more acute in the Territory due to its small size. The next largest region where non-resident workers were employed was Alice Springs, reflecting the large numbers of staff in the region for work related to the Northern Territory Emergency Response, as well as a number of medical staff working in Alice Springs. There were also large numbers of non-resident workers in Alice Springs working in accommodation and food, reflecting the seasonality of work in the tourism industry, which can make it difficult to retain permanent staff in the town. There were also a large number of non-resident workers in the East Arnhem region, with the majority working in mining, construction and manufacturing, reflecting the large workforce required for the Pacific Aluminium alumina refinery at Gove. In the Katherine region, while there were fewer non-resident workers, these were concentrated in agriculture, forestry and fishing, reflecting the relative importance of the cattle and horticultural sectors to the region and the seasonality of the work. As the main harvesting season for much of the TopEnds horticulture is during a low harvesting period in southern Australia, it is likely that many workers travel to the Top End for a short period to gain added income and to supplement the number of local workers. Additionally, many cattle companies own a number of cattle stations across multiple jurisdictions. This can result in it being more economical to move workers from one station to another in times of high labour demand than to recruit additional workers. Chart 5.5: NonResident Workers by Industry (number) 0 100 200 300 400 500 600 700 800 900 1000 Mining Construction Public administration and safety Health care and social assistance Accommodation and food services Transport, postal and warehousing Professional, scientific and technical services Education and training Agriculture, forestry and fishing Administrative and support services Manufacturing Retail trade Other services Arts and recreation services Wholesale trade Electricity, gas, water and waste services Information media and telecommunications Rental, hiring and real estate services Financial and insurance services Number