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1314.3 - Regional Statistics, Queensland, 1998  
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This latest edition of Regional Statistics, Queensland can be used to find out key economic and social statistics on the State's legal Local Government Areas and selected Statistical Local Areas.

It includes a map of each region according to the Population and Housing Census boundaries as at June 30 1996 and contains important information relating to:

  • Area
  • Population
  • Dwellings
  • Births and deaths
  • Building activity
  • Business locations
  • Agriculture
  • Manufacturing
  • Schools
  • Tourist accommodation
  • Local government, and
  • Motor vehicles.

Following is a brief sample of this 130 page publication. Table 1 presents information for Queensland's 11 statistical divisions and Table 13 presents information for Queensland's 8 statistical districts (see explanatory notes for definitions). Not shown here are Tables 2 to 12 which present information for all local government areas and statistical local areas (see explanatory notes) within each of the 11 statistical divisions.


STATISTICAL DIVISIONS



For the purpose of presenting the principal series of official statistics for the State, Queensland is divided into a number of geographical areas. These areas consist, for the most part, of aggregations of local government areas.

The primary division of the State is into 11 Statistical Divisions. These are intended to represent as far as possible ‘regions’ of the State which are characterised by discernible social and/or economic links between the inhabitants and economic units within them, under the unifying influence of one or more major cities or towns. The boundaries of the divisions have accordingly been delineated on the basic criterion that the degree of economic and/or social content and interaction within each division should be maximised. It should be emphasised that the boundaries of the divisions cannot be regarded as sharp lines of demarcation - they may, of necessity, be positioned within peripheral zones in which the influence of two or more ‘focal’ cities or towns overlap in varying degrees.


TABLE 1 QUEENSLAND, Statistical Divisions

ItemUnit
Brisbane
Moreton
Wide Bay-
Darling
South-West
Fitzroy
Burnett
Downs

ASGC code . .
305
310
315
320
325
330
Area at 1 July 1996sq km
4643
17666
52283
90080
322655
123354
Population
Estimated resident population at 30 June 1997No.
1546247
638378
227638
200132
26175
179288
Estimated resident population at 30 June 1996No.
1519994
618228
224282
199920
26494
178035
Average annual growth rate, 1996 to 1997%
1.7
3.3
1.5
0.1
-1.2
0.7
Dwellings, 1996 censusNo.
574610
274887
95161
78548
11411
70122
Births, 1997–98No.
21012
7716
3030
2934
475
2735
Deaths, 1997–98No.
9884
4504
1792
1471
177
1115
Building, 1997–98
New dwelling units approvedNo.
16536
10069
1923
1132
89
1111
HousesNo.
10670
6006
1597
955
83
926
Other residential buildingNo.
5866
4063
326
177
6
185
Value of residential building approvals$’000
1639542
1059138
163758
112602
8801
108465
Value of non-residential building approvals$’000
1346742
394556
50421
118725
5646
126346
Business locations, September 1998
Agriculture, forestry and fishingNo.
1538
5105
6061
7329
1741
3316
MiningNo.
210
109
41
34
55
98
ManufacturingNo.
5442
2430
591
605
61
399
Electricity, gas and water supplyNo.
142
112
88
72
19
88
ConstructionNo.
9012
5484
1257
1156
141
1011
Wholesale tradeNo.
6999
2118
551
720
110
548
Retail tradeNo.
12973
6577
1842
1857
274
1548
Accommodation, cafes and restaurantsNo.
2273
2000
543
499
127
448
Transport and storageNo.
4012
1703
716
815
149
689
Communication servicesNo.
467
190
80
71
31
65
Finance and insuranceNo.
3287
1385
299
355
35
287
Property and business servicesNo.
16252
6794
978
1032
110
1033
Government administration and defenceNo.
603
115
107
115
41
111
EducationNo.
1803
692
337
357
67
281
Health and community servicesNo.
6502
2438
715
865
133
649
Cultural and recreational servicesNo.
1756
880
203
222
44
235
Personal and other servicesNo.
4043
1838
610
670
146
526
TotalNo.
77314
39970
15019
16774
3284
11332
Agriculture, year ended 31 March 1997
Number of establishmentsNo.
1132
4300
5416
6854
1739
3064
Total area of establishmentsha
93331
939049
3786188
7810625
30412251
10626983
Value of agricultural commodities produced$’000
207095
549880
616641
1371673
414477
473285
Manufacturing, 1996–97
Locations at 30 June No.
4856
2164
548
552
64
352
Turnover of manufacturing establishments$’000
2579200
456500
243500
282600
n.p.
273400
Wages and salaries(a)$’000
17101100
2276900
1470400
1924000
n.p.
2478900
Schools, 1998
Government schoolsNo.
365
194
145
139
35
105
Non-government schoolsNo.
170
52
27
43
6
29
Tourist accommodation, 1997–98(b)
Establishments at 30 June No.
150
228
67
61
17
79
Rooms/units at 30 June No.
9082
15430
2076
1509
417
2938
Room occupancy rate%
61.8
59.3
52.1
52.8
53.4
55.5
Takings from accommodation$’000
183744
334755
26973
17970
4316
46183
Local government, 1993–94
Total outlays, all funds$’000
(c)1894138
n.a.
190997
167562
51536
164593
Total receipts, all funds$’000
(c)1878582
n.a.
194450
177507
53043
172211
Value of rateable property at 30 June 1994$’000
(c)53831512
n.a.
3083718
3168957
371163
2337880
Motor vehicles on register at 30 June 1998
Passenger carsNo.
(c)1133264
n.a.
97881
91935
9144
75848
Light commercial vehiclesNo.
(c)204871
n.a.
32219
33739
6976
27424
Trucks, prime movers, buses and motorcyclesNo.
(c)78596
n.a.
13254
12945
1847
9775

(a) Excludes the drawings of working proprietors.
(b) Hotels, motels, guest houses and serviced apartments with 15 or more rooms or units.
(c) Brisbane and Moreton Statistical Divisions.



TABLE 1 QUEENSLAND, Statistical Divisions (continued)
ItemUnit
Central-West
Mackay
Northern
Far North
North-West
Queensland

ASGC code. .
335
340
345
350
355
300
Area at 1 July 1996sq km
370089
68997
100951
268306
(c)311286
1730311
Population
Estimated resident population at 30 June 1997No.
12374
122461
193331
215199
35848
3397071
Estimated resident population at 30 June 1996No.
12521
120324
192179
210766
35947
3338690
Average annual growth rate, 1996 to 1997%
-1.2
1.8
0.6
2.1
-0.3
1.7
Dwellings, 1996 censusNo.
5506
46899
74291
84600
13762
1329797
Births, 1997–98No.
224
1883
2893
3328
716
(d)47 048
Deaths, 1997–98No.
89
621
1305
1212
197
(e)22494
Building, 1997–98
New dwelling units approvedNo.
44
1103
1517
2100
130
35754
HousesNo.
27
890
1178
1567
114
24013
Other residential buildingNo.
17
213
339
533
16
11741
Value of residential building approvals$’000
4097
120739
164216
211545
15222
3608125
Value of non-residential building approvals$’000
6214
47935
208299
127265
19889
2452038
Business locations, September 1998
Agriculture, forestry and fishingNo.
700
2356
2362
3523
523
34554
MiningNo.
7
69
97
75
35
830
ManufacturingNo.
19
351
488
603
82
11071
Electricity, gas and water supplyNo.
21
50
50
63
24
729
ConstructionNo.
95
768
1131
1505
137
21697
Wholesale tradeNo.
43
391
709
662
122
12973
Retail tradeNo.
125
1100
1755
2310
299
30660
Accommodation, cafes and restaurantsNo.
80
384
479
882
129
7844
Transport and storageNo.
90
524
618
982
166
10464
Communication servicesNo.
13
57
60
99
21
1154
Finance and insuranceNo.
19
209
302
330
36
6544
Property and business servicesNo.
53
752
1160
1518
148
29830
Government administration and defenceNo.
31
46
114
162
48
1493
EducationNo.
45
177
276
331
80
4446
Health and community servicesNo.
49
401
704
800
158
13414
Cultural and recreational servicesNo.
29
161
237
332
42
4141
Personal and other servicesNo.
75
332
517
627
109
9493
TotalNo.
1494
8128
11059
14804
2159
201337
Agriculture, year ended 31 March 1997
Number of establishmentsNo.
707
2162
2073
3040
500
30987
Total area of establishmentsha
32618336
623043
9482162
18940811
30126567
151066733
Value of agricultural commodities produced$’000
180661
487652
627329
593582
154817
5677093
Manufacturing, 1996–97
Locations at 30 June No.
20
289
459
521
63
9888
Turnover of manufacturing establishments$’000
2400
183200
209100
173000
n.p.
4458700
Wages and salaries(a)$’000
13200
1237400
1792000
1024300
n.p
30144500
Schools, 1998
Government schoolsNo.
20
71
88
120
27
1309
Non-government schoolsNo.
4
16
34
31
7
419
Tourist accommodation, 1997–98(b)
Establishments at 30 June No.
10
69
56
148
21
906
Rooms/units at 30 June No.
245
3981
2398
9908
563
48547
Room occupancy rate%
54.2
58.0
61.7
58.3
58.4
58.7
Takings from accommodation$’000
2898
95308
39076
244599
7277
1003100
Local government, 1993–94
Total outlays, all funds$’000
44753
111947
185438
199441
59328
3069732
Total receipts, all funds$’000
44412
111125
179331
194314
54791
3059766
Value of rateable property at 30 June 1994$’000
183948
1834052
2569910
4258442
239531
71879113
Motor vehicles on register at 30 June 1998
Passenger carsNo.
3895
51905
85296
85840
14345
1649353
Light commercial vehiclesNo.
3258
20711
30623
32672
7083
399576
Trucks, prime movers, buses and motorcyclesNo.
947
7315
10859
11448
2462
149448

(a) Excludes the drawings of working proprietors.
(b) Hotels, motels, guest houses and serviced apartments with 15 or more rooms or units.
(c) Including unincorporated islands.
(d) Including 90 overseas usual residents and 12 Queensland undefined.
(e) Including 93 overseas usual residents, 21 no fixed place of abode, 13 undefined.


TABLE 13 QUEENSLAND, Statistical Districts
ItemUnit
Gold Coast–Tweed (Queensland part)
Sunshine Coast
Bundaberg
Rockhampton

ASGC code. .
3139
3042
3045
3048
Area at 1 July 1996sq km
1106
460
254
206
Population
Estimated resident population at 30 June 1997 No.
326665
162020
54754
64412
Estimated resident population at 30 June 1996No.
314962
156407
54051
64518
Average annual growth rate, 1996 to 1997%
3.7
3.6
1.3
-0.2
Dwellings, 1996 censusNo.
143894
75573
21745
24789
Births, 1997–98No.
3868
1917
802
926
Deaths, 1997–98No.
2383
1307
477
586
Building, 1997–98
New dwelling units approvedNo.
6017
2805
450
231
HousesNo.
2920
1870
398
169
Other residential buildingNo.
3097
935
52
62
Value of residential building approvals$’000
624236
306111
43384
21207
Value of non-residential building approvals$’000
228160
125132
11853
18401
Business locations, September 1998
Agriculture, forestry and fishingNo.
288
270
311
261
MiningNo.
46
18
3
12
ManufacturingNo.
1402
617
172
134
Electricity, gas and water supplyNo.
24
23
11
9
ConstructionNo.
2956
1546
350
333
Wholesale tradeNo.
1255
549
183
227
Retail tradeNo.
3609
1978
539
689
Accommodation, cafes and restaurantsNo.
1067
620
132
169
Transport and storageNo.
865
337
134
197
Communication servicesNo.
90
53
16
19
Finance and insuranceNo.
901
371
110
153
Property and business servicesNo.
4233
1777
305
396
Government administration and defenceNo.
45
40
24
43
EducationNo.
309
156
64
83
Health and community servicesNo.
1281
768
205
319
Cultural and recreational servicesNo.
533
197
62
97
Personal and other servicesNo.
912
481
135
207
TotalNo.
19816
9801
2756
3348
Agriculture, year ended 31 March 1997
Number of establishmentsNo.
163
80
41
268
Total area of establishmentsha
10744
6609
4949
328099
Value of agricultural commodities produced$’000
17625
8972
8348
15411
Manufacturing, 1996–97
Locations at 30 June No.
1208
546
159
122
Turnover of manufacturing establishments$’000
260500
93900
74700
62500
Wages and salaries(a)$’000
1297600
465500
427900
400500
Schools, 1998
Government schoolsNo.
52
34
20
20
Non-government schoolsNo.
25
14
8
14
Tourist accommodation, 1997–98(b)
Establishments at 30 June No.
128
84
14
34
Rooms/units at 30 June No.
11595
3265
344
n.p.
Room occupancy rate%
60.2
58.7
64.1
n.p.
Takings from accommodation$’000
248035
78219
4768
n.p.

(a) Excludes the drawings of working proprietors.
(b) Hotels, motels, guest houses and serviced apartments with 15 or more rooms or units.

TABLE 13 QUEENSLAND, Statistical Districts (continued)
ItemUnit
Gladstone
Mackay
Townsville
Cairns

ASGC code . .
3051
3054
3057
3061
Area at 1 July 1996sq km
584
257
455
488
Population
Estimated resident population at 30 June 1997No.
38004
62379
123328
109404
Estimated resident population at 30 June 1996No.
37347
61078
122415
106694
Average annual growth rate, 1996 to 1997%
1.8
2.1
0.7
2.5
Dwellings, 1996 censusNo.
14031
23042
45927
43303
Births, 1997–98No.
620
1034
1901
1697
Deaths, 1997–98No.
164
398
700
544
Building, 1997–98
New dwelling units approvedNo.
328
666
1273
1342
HousesNo.
304
543
956
921
Other residential buildingNo.
24
123
317
421
Value of residential building approvals$’000
36683
73872
139366
130716
Value of non-residential building approvals$’000
70739
26549
188912
98093
Business locations, September 1998
Agriculture, forestry and fishingNo.
280
219
143
244
MiningNo.
7
13
43
31
ManufacturingNo.
124
219
330
361
Electricity, gas and water supplyNo.
21
13
19
11
ConstructionNo.
289
465
730
920
Wholesale tradeNo.
121
276
545
445
Retail tradeNo.
329
690
1216
1351
Accommodation, cafes and restaurantsNo.
82
158
290
439
Transport and storageNo.
159
226
365
542
Communication servicesNo.
13
26
41
51
Finance and insuranceNo.
61
157
216
244
Property and business servicesNo.
311
479
897
1065
Government administration and defenceNo.
21
22
75
63
EducationNo.
46
86
147
119
Health and community servicesNo.
120
257
527
447
Cultural and recreational servicesNo.
51
74
159
189
Personal and other servicesNo.
96
168
347
326
TotalNo.
2131
3548
6090
6848
Agriculture, year ended 31 March 1997
Number of establishmentsNo.
244
102
56
58
Total area of establishmentsha
367933
11888
28510
3952
Value of agricultural commodities produced$’000
13187
20335
8130
7072
Manufacturing, 1996–97
Locations at 30 June No.
119
191
313
308
Turnover of manufacturing establishments$’000
151900
133100
128500
84900
Wages and salaries(a)$’000
1587200
779100
1114600
435600
Schools, 1998
Government schoolsNo.
13
18
34
24
Non-government schoolsNo.
5
12
16
16
Tourist accommodation, 1997–98(b)
Establishments at 30 June No.
18
38
41
86
Rooms/units at 30 JuneNo.
n.p.
n.p.
1993
6808
Room occupancy rate%
n.p.
n.p.
63.0
63.6
Takings from accommodation$’000
n.p.
n.p.
33188
162893

(a) Excludes the drawings of working proprietors.
(b) Hotels, motels, guest houses and serviced apartments with 15 or more rooms or units.

EXPLANATORY NOTES

DEFINITIONS

1 Legal local government areas (LGAs), are spatial units which represent the geographical areas of incorporated local government councils, such as cities (C), towns (T) and shires (S).

2 Statistical divisions, which are groupings of whole or partial LGAs, are designed to be relatively homogeneous regions characterised by identifiable social and economic units within the region.

3 Statistical districts have been defined around selected urban areas to provide comparable statistics over a period of time. These districts, which are intended to contain the anticipated urban spread for at least 20 years, are generally defined as having a population of 25,000 or more and experiencing urban growth beyond the LGA boundaries.

4 Data for some series shown in Tables 1 to 12 which are available for statistical districts are shown on pages 108 and 109.

5 Statistical local areas are the smallest types of spatial units in the Australian Standard Geographical Classification (ASGC) for which data are shown in this publication. In general, they correspond to LGAs in non-urban areas or suburbs in major urban areas.

6 The area in square kilometres of statistical areas is derived from digitised statistical boundaries from the 1996 Census.

7 Data in this publication relate to the period 1993–94 to 1998–99, over which time there have been four versions of ASGC used. Each data set is presented according to the ASGC version current at the time of collection.
    • ASGC Edition 2.4 applies to Local government.
    • ASGC 1996 Edition applies to Estimated resident population, Births, Deaths, Building Agriculture, Manufacturing, Schools, Tourist accommodation and Vehicles on register.
    • ASGC 1998 Edition applies to Business locations.
8 Estimated resident populations shown are based on the 1996 Census of Population and Housing counts adjusted for under-enumeration, as measured by a post-enumeration survey, plus the estimated number of residents temporarily overseas.

9 Dwelling counts for the 1996 Census of Population and Housing include occupied private dwellings (including caravans in caravan parks), non-private dwellings (hotels, hospitals, etc.) and unoccupied dwellings.

10 Figures shown for births and deaths relate to the resident population of the area for which they are shown.

11 Business locations data are classified according to Australian and New Zealand Standard Industrial Classification (ANZSIC).

12 Statistics of building work approved are compiled from: (a) permits issued by local government authorities in areas subject to building control by the relevant authorities and (b) contracts let or day labour work authorised by Commonwealth, State, semi-government and local government authorities. Major building activity which takes place in areas not subject to the normal administrative approval processes (e.g. mining leases) is also included. The number of dwelling units created by alterations and additions to existing buildings, i.e. buildings other than dwellings, is not included.

13 Location. A location is a physical unit of an establishment, usually of an unbroken physical area or site.

14 Data for motor vehicles on register were provided by Queensland Department of Transport.

15 Motor vehicles data exclude Commonwealth Government owned vehicles.

16 Where figures have been rounded, discrepancies may occur between totals and sums of the component items.


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