Australian Bureau of Statistics
A new year, a new you! New Year resolutions by numbers (Media Release)
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A new year, a new you! New Year resolutions by numbers
Quitting smoking, losing weight or learning something new, the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) has the stats for you.
ABS Director, Fiona Dowsley said “Our latest Measures of Australia’s Progress (MAP) publication tells you what’s important to Australia for progress.
"After a two year consult with Australians we’ve looked at information about our Society, Economy, Governance and the Environment and overall, Australia is in pretty good shape with more progress, than regress - which is a great result.“
So how do your personal resolutions match up to Australia’s?
“If you’re thinking of quitting smoking in 2014, you’re likely to not be alone.
“The national smoking rate has decreased consistently over the past decade, from 22 per cent in 2001 to 16 per cent in 2011-12, so more of us are definitely quitting.
“However we’re not doing as well with our weight loss efforts, with the proportion of adults who are overweight or obese rising to 63 per cent in 2011-12,” said Ms Dowsley.
Many Australians also promise in the new year to spend more time with family.
Perhaps studying is the way to go in 2014.
“We found that the proportion of people aged 25-64 years with a vocational or higher education qualification has risen from 54 per cent (5.5 million) to 67 per cent (7.8 million) between 2002 and 2012. Ms Dowsley added.
The ABS would like to wish all a safe and relaxing festive season and a happy new year
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This page last updated 23 December 2013