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Counts of Australian Businesses, including Entries and Exits, Jun 2010 to Jun 2014

March 3, 2015 Comments off

Counts of Australian Businesses, including Entries and Exits, Jun 2010 to Jun 2014
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics

  • There were 2,100,162 actively trading businesses in Australia in June 2014.
  • The number of actively trading businesses in Australia increased by 1% between June 2013 and June 2014.
  • The business entry rate increased from 11.2% in 2012-13 to 13.7% in 2013-14.
  • The business exit rate decreased from 14.0% in 2012-13 to 12.7% in 2013-14.
  • 61.7% of the businesses that were actively trading in Australia in June 2010 were still operating in June 2014.
  • Half of the businesses that started operating in 2010-11 were still operating in June 2014.

Participation in Sport and Physical Recreation, Australia, 2013-14

February 20, 2015 Comments off

Participation in Sport and Physical Recreation, Australia, 2013-14
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics

Of the Australian population aged 15 years and over, an estimated 60% (11.1 million people) reported that they had participated in sport and physical recreation at least once during the 12 months prior to the interview in 2013–14, compared with 65% in 2011-12.

Participation generally decreased with age. People aged 15–17 years reported the highest participation rate in sport and physical recreation (74%), while people aged 65 years and over had the lowest (47%). Male and female participation rates were similar, except in the 25-34 age group where participation rates were higher for males (67%) than females (61%).

The highest participation rate for sport and physical recreation was in the Australian Capital Territory (73%), while the other states ranged from 54% in Queensland to 67% in Tasmania.

Walking for exercise was the most popular physical recreational activity, with 19% of people aged 15 years and over walking for exercise at least once in the 12 months prior to interview. Females were more likely to walk for exercise than males (25% and 14% respectively). Fitness and gym were the next most popular activity (17%) again with more females than males participating (19% and 16% respectively). Males were more likely than females to play golf (6.6% and 1.4% respectively) or participate in cycling and BMXing (8.5% and 4.0% respectively).

AU — Psychological Disability, 2012

February 13, 2015 Comments off

Psychological Disability, 2012
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics

This publication presents information from the 2012 Survey of Disability, Ageing and Carers (SDAC). The SDAC is designed to measure the prevalence of disability in Australia, as well as inform around the socio-economic characteristics and the need for support by people with disability.

In the 2012 SDAC, psychological disability refers to people who reported:

  • A nervous or emotional condition which causes restrictions in everyday activities that has lasted, or is expected to last for six months or more; or
  • A mental illness for which help or supervision is required that has lasted, or is expected to last for six months or more; or
  • A brain injury, including stroke, which results in a mental illness or nervous and emotional condition which causes restrictions in everyday activities.

This publication presents information about people with psychological disability irrespective of whether they also have another disabling condition. The population referred to as people with ‘Disability other than psychological disability’ excludes all people with psychological disability, regardless of whether they also have another disability.

AU — Characteristics of people using mental health services and prescription medication, 2011

December 30, 2014 Comments off

Characteristics of people using mental health services and prescription medication, 2011
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics

Good mental health is a crucial aspect of good general health, and underpins a productive and inclusive society. Mental health and illness result from the complex interplay of biological, social, psychological, environmental and economic factors at all levels (Endnote 2).

The information in this publication relates to people who actually accessed either an MBS mental health-related service or a PBS subsidised medication in 2011. (For more information, please refer to the Explanatory Notes). As the following graph shows, the age structure of these two groups was quite different.

Australia’s foreign debt: a quick guide

December 27, 2014 Comments off

Australia’s foreign debt: a quick guide
Source: Parliamentary Library of Australia

This quick guide looks at the level of Australia’s foreign debt, the interest liability on foreign debt and how these have changed over time. It also looks at foreign debt as a component of net foreign investment, the other component being equity investment. Finally, given that Australia’s gross foreign debt is now bigger than its annual gross domestic product (GDP), the quick guide also considers whether our foreign debt level is too high.

AU — Work-Related Injuries, Australia, JUL 2013 TO JUN 2014

December 4, 2014 Comments off

Work-Related Injuries, Australia, JUL 2013 TO JUN 2014
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics

Of the 12.5 million persons who had worked at some time in the last 12 months, 4.3% first experienced their most recent work-related injury or illness during that same period1. The majority (85%) of the 531,800 persons who experienced a work-related injury or illness continued to work in the job where their injury or illness occurred. Approximately 7% had changed jobs and the remaining 8% were not employed in the reference week .

More than half the persons who experienced a work-related injury or illness were males (61%). In 2013-14, 4.9% of males who worked in the last 12 months experienced a work-related injury or illness, down from 5.5% in 2009-10. The proportion of females who experienced a work-related injury or illness in the last 12 months was 3.6%, down from 5.1% in 2009-10.

The occupation groups with the highest rates of people who experienced a work-related injury or illness were ‘Machinery operators and drivers’ (88 per 1,000 employed persons), ‘Community and personal service workers’ (73 per 1,000 employed persons), ‘Technicians and trades workers’ (72 per 1,000 employed persons) and ‘Labourers’ (66 per 1000 employed persons)

AU — Online shopping and potential changes to the low value threshold: costs and benefits for government, consumers and retailers

November 25, 2014 Comments off

Online shopping and potential changes to the low value threshold: costs and benefits for government, consumers and retailers
Source: Parliamentary Library of Australia

Australians spent $15.7 billion in the year to August 2014 buying online from both international and Australian retailers. Online shopping by Australians has increased over time, and is likely to continue doing so. A significant portion of Australian purchases online are from Australian retailers.

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