ABOUT THIS PUBLICATION
This publication presents information about the retirement status and retirement intentions of people aged 45 years and over who have, at some time, worked for two weeks or more. The data collected in the Retirement and Retirement Intentions topic provide information on retirement trends, the factors which influence decisions to retire, and the income arrangements that retirees and potential retirees have made to provide for their retirement. The data are cross-classified by a range of demographic characteristics such as age, sex, marital status and country of birth, as well as labour force characteristics.
The statistics in this publication were compiled from the Multipurpose Household Survey (MPHS), conducted throughout Australia during the 2008-09 financial year, as a supplement to the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) monthly Labour Force Survey (LFS).
Information on the other topics collected in the 2008-09 MPHS can be found in paragraph 1 of the Explanatory Notes.
CHANGES IN THIS ISSUE
New content was added to the 2008-09 survey including transition to retirement plans and plans for a healthy/active retirement. See paragraphs 22-24 of the Explanatory Notes for more information. There have been changes to tables to incorporate some improvements together with a number of new tables (4, 9, 11, 13 and 15).
NOTES ABOUT THE ESTIMATES
The MPHS was designed primarily to provide estimates at the Australia level. Broad estimates are also available for states and territories, although users should exercise caution when using estimates at this level, because of the presence of high sampling errors. For further information about the reliability of the estimates see paragraph 14 of the Explanatory Notes.
Sample reductions in the Labour Force Survey, see information paper: Labour Force Survey Sample Design, Nov. 2007 (Second edition) (cat. no. 6269.0), resulted in the 2008-09 MPHS having a marginally smaller sample size than in 2006-07.
As estimates have been rounded, discrepancies may occur between sums of the component items and totals.
For further information about these and related statistics, contact the National Information and Referral Service on 1300 135 070 or Labour Market Section on Canberra (02) 6252 7206.