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4914.0.55.001 - Age Matters, December 2010  
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WELCOME

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A MESSAGE FROM LIVING CONDITIONS
WHAT'S HAPPENING IN THE ABS
EVENTS AND CONFERENCES


A MESSAGE FROM LIVING CONDITIONS

Welcome to the December 2010 edition of Age Matters, your source of information about statistics on older people. The coming year promises to be a busy year for the Living Conditions section with the release of data from three age related surveys, as well as continuing our pursuit of providing policy makers and the wider research community with relevant and timely age related data.

Several major ABS household surveys are approaching important milestones. The preliminary results from the 2009 Survey of Disability, Ageing and Carers is due out in December with further data due for release in the first half of 2011. In the last newsletter we mentioned that the 2009-10 Household Expenditure Survey (HES) and Survey of Income and Housing (SIH) were in the field. Enumeration of these surveys is completed and the results are expected to become available from late 2011. The enumeration of the 2010 General Social Survey (GSS) is nearing completion, with results also expected to be available from late 2011. We look forward to bringing you rich and diverse information on the lives of older people throughout 2011.

As flagged in our June Newsletter, the second NatStats conference NatStats 2010, was held in Sydney over September 15th-17th. The conference theme was "Measuring what counts: economic development, well-being and progress in 21st century Australia" with the focus being on the value of statistics in helping Australia face future challenges. A set of Conference Recommendations were drafted during the conference and the finalised version was released on the 19 October 2010.

In case you were not aware, every ABS household survey (including the ones above) collects basic demographic information from respondents, including age. This allows us to draw out a vast array of information on older people. This edition of Age Matters contains several articles and analyses from recent ABS publications, covering migration, wage and salary earners, health experiences, and the Pensioner and Beneficiary Living Cost Index.

If you have any queries relating to the information in this newsletter, please contact Steve Gelsi on (03) 9615 7590 or at <steve.gelsi@abs.gov.au>.

We hope you enjoy this edition of Age Matters.

Seasons greetings and best wishes for 2011


Rajni Madan
Director, Living Conditions
Australian Bureau of Statistics

WHAT'S HAPPENING IN THE ABS

For the most up to date information regarding what's happening in the ABS please check out the Noticeboard on the Ageing Topic @ a Glance page regularly.



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The Australian Bureau of Statistics is conducting the Australian Health Survey with funding from the Department of Health and Ageing and the National Heart Foundation. For more information go to the Australian Health Survey webpage.


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Preparations for the 2011 Census have begun, for more information go to the 2011 Census webpage.


EVENTS AND CONFERENCES

For the most up to date information regarding events and conferences please check out the Noticeboard on the Ageing Topic @ a Glance page regularly.


Recent events and conferences
  • The 11th Australian Institute of Family Studies (AIFS) Conference on 7-9 July 2010. More information is available from the AIFS Conference website.
  • The 2010 NatStats Conference on 15-17 September 2010. More information is available from the NatStats Conference website.
  • The International Day of Older Persons was held 1 October 2010. More information is available from the United Nations website.
  • The first ever World Statistics Day was celebrated on 20 October 2010. More information is available from the United Nations website.
  • The 2010 Emerging Researchers in Ageing (ERA) Conference on 21-22 October 2010. More information is available from the ERA Conference website.
  • The 2010 Australian Population Association (APA) Conference on 30 November - 3 December 2010. More information is available from the APA Conference website.


    Upcoming events and conferences

    Banner: Census Beyond the Count conference
    Census: beyond the count Conference is being held on 2-4 March 2011 in Melbourne.
    More information is available from the Census: beyond the count website.

    Banner: Carers NSW 2011 Biennial Conference
    Carers NSW 2011 Biennial Conference is being held on 17-18 March 2011 in Sydney.
    For more information go to the Carers NSW 2011 Biennial Conference website.




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