4914.0.55.001 - Newsletter: Age Matters, Mar 2006  
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1. Small Area Estimates Manual

The ABS has been evaluating statistical methods for producing small area estimates and determining their quality. This has been due to increasing user demand for small area estimates, together with practical difficulties in increasing survey sample sizes. The culmination of this work is A Guide to Small Area Estimation - Version 1.0, which has recently been released on the National Statistical Service website <www.nss.gov.au>. Although the manual is mainly aimed at small area practitioners, it is relevant to anyone interested in the processes and methods for producing and validating small area data.

2. DELSA Newsletter

The Directorate for Employment, Labour and Social Affairs (DELSA) at the OECD works on labour markets, social policy, international migration and health. DELSA produce a newsletter which is available from their website <www.oecd.org/els/newsletter>. Currently two issues have been published.

Issue 1 topics include:

  • OECD Pensions at a Glance;
  • Pension modernisation: the Ministerial mandate; and
  • Long-term care for older people.

Issue 2 topics include:
  • Live longer, work longer;
  • Health care in Finland;
  • Korea Centre for Health and Social Policy; and
  • Integrating migrants.

3. Ageing and Employment Policies, Australia

The OECD Employment, Labour and Social Affairs Committee initiated a thematic review of policies which aim to improve labour market prospects for older workers. The policies reviewed covered both supply-side and demand-side aspects. The report on Australia is one in a series of around 20 OECD country reports that will be published as part of the older workers thematic review.

Each country report analyses the main existing barriers to the employment of older people and assesses the effectiveness of policies in removing these barriers. The reports also present a set of recommendations on measures that government and social partners should implement.

The Executive Summary is available from the OECD web site at <www.oecd.org/dataoecd/30/47/35050252.pdf>.

4. National Community Services Information Strategic Plan 2005–2009 (AIHW cat. no. AUS 68)

This plan was released by Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) in December 2005. It provides an overview of the national community services information system and sets clear directions for the future. It highlights emerging challenges as well as future work priorities for the National Community Services Information Management Group (NCSIMG).

The plan is available from the AIHW web site <www.aihw.gov.au>.