2902.0 - Census Update (Newsletter), Nov 2001  
Previous ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 26/11/2001   
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Keeping up with Australia's Social Trends

Australian Social Trends 2001 (ABS Cat. No. 4102.0) is a popular and easy-to-understand compendium of articles about current social issues in Australia. As well as the latest statistical information, it provides an analysis of Australian society and how it is changing over time. Complementing the articles are national, state and international summary tables which present key social indicators reflecting Australia's social well-being in a local and global context.

The current edition, includes:

  • Population projections for the 21st century
Australia's population is projected to grow from 19 million in 1999 to between 23 and 32 million in 2101, depending on the assumptions made about future fertility and net overseas migration. The population is also projected to age rapidly during the first half of the 21st century and to become increasingly concentrated in the State and Territory capital cities.
  • Expenditure in low-income households
All households have a finite amount of income to divide into a household budget. This report examines expenditure on basic needs, additional goods and services and savings, as well as comparing expenditure for the top and bottom income groups.
  • Caring in the community
With the trend away from institutionalised care, informal carers such as family members, friends and neighbours are becoming an increasingly important source of assistance to people with a disability. This article addresses the characteristics of carers, their relationship with the recipients of their care, and the impact of caring on people's lives.

To order your copy of Australian Social Trends 2001 call 1800 813 939.