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Budget papers 2007 - 2008



Budget papers 2007 - 2008

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2007/08 Budget paper


Northern Territory. Department of Treasury


Northern Territory budget papers; Reports; PublicationNT




Made available via the Publications (Legal Deposit) Act 2004 (NT).




Appropriations and expenditures; Periodicals; Budget; Finance, Public

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Northern Territory Government

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Attribution International 4.0 (CC BY 4.0)

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Northern Territory Government



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https://hdl.handle.net/10070/591624; https://hdl.handle.net/10070/591625; https://hdl.handle.net/10070/591628; https://hdl.handle.net/10070/591632; https://hdl.handle.net/10070/591634; https://hdl.handle.net/10070/591619; https://hdl.handle.net/10070/591621; https://hdl.handle.net/10070/591623

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Economy Overview Population The Northern Territory is sparsely settled, with a relatively young and highly urbanised population. A far higher proportion of the Territorys population is Indigenous (29 per cent) than in other jurisdictions. Natural increase (births minus deaths) contributes more to total growth in the Territory than in other jurisdictions, averaging 1.4 percentage points compared to 0.6 percentage points nationally. This is in part due to high rates of Indigenous fertility in the Territory. Interstate migration is the most variable component of population growth. After contributing strongly to population growth in 2005, interstate migration returned to more typical patterns in 2006-07. Population growth in 2006 remains strong at an estimated 1.6 per cent, after stronger than expected growth of 2 per cent in 2005. Population growth of 1.4 per cent per annum is forecast for 2007 and 2008. An accurate estimate of population is of critical importance to the Territory as ABS population estimates are used by the Australian Government to apportion goods and services tax (GST) revenues, a substantial portion of Territory total revenue. -1 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 82 84 86 88 90 92 94 96 98 00 02 04 06 08f % Northern Territory Australia Year ended June Annual Population Growth f: forecast Source: Northern Territory Treasury, ABS Cat. No. 3101.0

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