4914.0.55.001 - Newsletter: Age Matters, Jul 2003  
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In response to an increasing interest in the effect the Baby Boomer generation will have on Australian society over the next few years, the Western Australian and South Australian Governments commissioned the ABS to compile Baby Boomer publications for those states. These analyses report on the characteristics of people born in the twenty year period of 1946-1965 (inclusive) and cover a range of issues including demographic details, cultural diversity, family, housing, health, community life, education and work.

  • Western Australia's Baby Boomers: A Profile of Persons Born 1946-1965 (cat. no. 4149.5) was released on 27 June 2003. For further information contact Gabriela Lawrence on (08) 9360 5947, or email gabriela.lawrence@abs.gov.au.
  • South Australia's Baby Boomers - A Profile will be available to all SA State Government personnel from early July 2003. For further information contact Susan Jones on (08) 8237 7465 or Glenn Hamlyn on (08) 8273 7422, email glenn.hamlyn@abs.gov.au.

Census of Population and Housing: Population Growth and Distribution, Australia (cat. no. 2035.0) was released on 16 June 2003. It provides information about the population changes that have taken place in Australia between the 1996 and 2001 Censuses. It includes information on the growth, location and mobility of the population at national, state and regional levels. A major emphasis is on the characteristics and volume of interstate and intrastate movements. Final estimates at the Statistical Local Area level for all of Australia are also provided. For more information contact Jacqui Cristiano on (02) 6252 5117, email: jacqui.cristiano@abs.gov.au.

Population Characteristics, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians (cat. no. 4713.0) is due for release in July 2003. This publication presents information on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples based on information from the 2001 Census. A wide range of information available from the Census is covered in a general overview of the characteristics of the Indigenous population. Topics covered include: the demographic and geographic distribution of the population and its growth in recent years; household composition; language and religion; education and IT use; work; income; and housing and transport. Much of this information is presented by Remoteness Area. Also includes information on how to interpret census data on Indigenous persons.

This report includes population estimates for Indigenous and non-Indigenous persons in 5-year age ranges up to persons aged 75 years and over. Persons aged 45 years and over are also identified in some tables on language, education (including use of information technology), labour force characteristics and income.

Comparable tables at state and territory level will be released electronically on the ABS website. Replaces: cat. no. 2034.0.

For more information contact Sharon Pech on (02) 6252 6301 or email sharon.pech@abs.gov.au.

Population Projections, Australia (cat. no. 3222.0) is due for release in August 2003. It contains alternative projections (based on different assumptions as to future levels of fertility, mortality and migration) of the resident population of Australia, the states/territories, capital cities and balance of states from 2002 to 2101. For more information contact Katrina Phelan on (02) 6252 6573, email:katrina.phelan@abs.gov.au.

Country Matters: Social Atlas of Rural and Regional Australia (cat. no. 2049.0) is scheduled for release in September 2003. Country Matters has been jointly produced by the Bureau of Rural Sciences and the ABS with funding support from the Rural Industries Research and Development Corporation. The publication focuses on Australia's non-metropolitan population at Statistical Local Area level. Analyses include information on population changes between 1996 and 2001 for older persons aged 65 and over and labour force participation relating to persons aged 45 years and over. This report contains maps illustrating key demographic/socio-economic characteristics and social aspects relevant to life in rural and regional Australia; comparisons between 1996 and 2001 Census data; and data from other sources including the Australian Taxation Office, the Department of Family and Community Services and Centrelink. For more information contact James Tuhan on (02) 6252 6294, email: james.tuhan@abs.gov.au.