Work in Progress
- Retirement and Retirement Intentions, Australia, July 2010 to June 2011 (cat. no. 6238.0) was released in December 2011 and presents information about the retirement status and retirement intentions of people aged 45 years and over who have worked for two weeks or more. The publication contains data on income arrangements, demographic characteristics and factors influencing the decision to retire, amongst other items.
- Disability, Ageing and Carers, Australia: Disability and Long Term Health Conditions, 2009 (cat. no. 4433.0) was released in December 2011 and presents a number of data cubes examining the relationship between disability and long term health conditions. The data comes from the 2009 Survey of Disability, Ageing and Carers (SDAC). Several of the tables provide information about people in specific age groups, including those aged 65 years and over.
- Housing Occupancy and Costs, 2009-10 (cat. no. 4130.0) was released in November 2011 and presents data from the 2009-10 Survey of Income and Housing (SIH). The publication relates Australian housing occupancy and costs to characteristics of occupants and dwellings such as tenure, family composition of household and age.
- Household Wealth and Wealth Distribution, Australia, 2009-10 (cat. no. 6554.0) was released in October 2011 and presents estimates of the assets, liabilities, net worth and other characteristics of households and persons resident in private dwellings in Australia, compiled from the 2009-10 SIH.
- Caring in the Community, Australia, 2009 (cat. no. 4436.0) was released in October 2011 and presents information about carers that was collected in the 2009 SDAC. As carers have an older age profile compared to the rest of the population, this publication contains information of particular relevance to older people.
- General Social Survey: Summary Results, Australia, 2010 (cat. no. 4159.0) was released in September 2011, and presents results from the 2010 General Social Survey. The publication contains information on a wide range of issues that of concern to many Australians. Some of the topics covered include health, housing, education, work, income, financial stress, broad assets and liabilities, transport, social capital, voluntary work, family and community and crime. The User Guide to the survey was published in December 2011.
- Household Expenditure Survey, Australia: Summary of Results, 2009-10 (cat. no. 6530.0) was released in September 2011 and presents the results of the 2009-10 HES, including estimates of expenditure on broad categories of goods and services. The publication also contains a feature article which analyses the characteristics and economic circumstances of recipients of the different types of government pensions and allowances, including the 2.2 million Australians in 2009-10 who receive an age or service pension.
- Household Income and Income Distribution, Australia 2009-10 (cat. 6523.0) was released in August 2011 and contains information about the income and other characteristics of households and persons resident in private dwellings, compiled from the 2009-10 Survey of Income and Housing (SIH). The SIH was combined with the Household Expenditure Survey (HES) for 2009-10, and features a larger sample size, particularly 3,000 households whose main source of income was from government pensions and allowances. This allows for more accurate and detailed analysis of various subpopulations, including older Australians.
Research Papers and Reports
- The Productivity Commission has undertaken an inquiry into Australia's aged care arrangements. The Commission developed options for further structural reform of the aged care system so it can meet the challenges facing it in coming decades. The final report was delivered to the Australian Government in June 2011, and released to the public in August 2011. For more information about the inquiry, please visit the Productivity Commission website.
- The Productivity Commission has also undertaken an inquiry into a long-term disability care and support scheme. The inquiry examined how such a scheme should be designed to best meet the needs of people with a disability. The final report was delivered to the Government in July 2011, and released in August 2011. For more information about the inquiry, please visit the Productivity Commission website.
- The Advisory Panel on the Economic Potential of Senior Australians, which was established by the Australian Government, has released a series of three reports on realising the economic potential of senior Australians. The third report Realising the economic potential of senior Australians: turning grey into gold was released in December 2011 and contains a number of recommendations for better harnessing the opportunities brought about by older people. For more information, please visit the Advisory Panel's website.
- The National Seniors Productive Ageing Centre (NSPAC) released Ageing and the barriers to labour force participation in December 2011. The report identifies 14 barriers faced by older Australians, including discrimination, physical illness, injury and disability. For more information, and access to a number of other reports dealing with older Australians, please visit the NSPAC website.
- The National Centre for Vocational Education Research (NCVER) released Older workers: research readings in November 2011. This report contains essays on various topics around keeping older Australians engaged with the workforce. Some of the topics covered include age discrimination, the economics of population ageing, and the nature of workforce participation and under-participation. For more information, please visit the NCVER website.
- The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) released Australia's welfare 2011 in November 2011. The biennial report provides statistics on Australia's welfare services, and examines some of the demographic trends that will influence demand for these services in the future. For more information, please visit the AIHW website.
- The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare also released two reports on the aged care sector in August 2011. Residential aged care in Australia 2009-10 provides statistical information on residential aged care facilities, their residents, admissions and separations, and the dependency levels of residents. Aged care packages in the community 2009-10: a statistical overview provides information about different types of community aged care packages, looking at the distribution of services relative to the needs of the population.
- The Australian Institute of Criminology released Older prisoners - A challenge for Australian corrections in August 2011, as part of their Trends and Issues in Crime and Criminal Justice series. The report presents statistics on the ageing inmate population, and discusses the implications for policymakers and researchers. For more information, please visit the Australian Institute of Criminology website.
WORK IN PROGRESS
Australian Health Survey
The first wave of the Australian Health Survey is currently being conducted. This is the biggest health survey ever conducted in Australia, and will provide valuable information about the activity, diet and biomedical measures of Australians. By examining health risk factors, the biomedical measures will give new insights into heart disease, diabetes and other chronic conditions that can often affect older people. For more information, please visit the Australian Health Survey webpage.
Census of Population and Housing
The 2011 Census was conducted on 9 August 2011, and the release dates for the results have now been announced. Core demographic data items will be available in the first data release on 21 June 2012, and others that require more detailed processing will be available as part of the second release on 30 October 2012. More detail about the releases can be found in the information paper Census of Population and Housing – Products and Services, 2011 (cat. no. 2011.0.55.001). For more general information, please visit the Census webpage.
Survey of Disability, Ageing and Carers (SDAC)
The ABS is currently developing the 2012 Survey of Disability, Ageing and Carers (SDAC), to be conducted in late 2012. This will be the first of a three-yearly program for SDAC with survey cycles planned for 2012, 2015 and 2018. Initial results from the survey are expected to be released in September 2013. SDAC aims to measure the prevalence of disability in Australia and levels of support needed, as well as providing a demographic and socio-economic profile of people with disability and older people (65 years and over) compared with the general population. It also provides information about people who provide care to older people and people with a disability.
Survey of Income and Housing (SIH) and Household Energy Consumption Survey (HECS)
The Survey of Income and Housing (SIH) collects information about income, housing costs, net worth and loans. The information supports analysis important to researchers of older people, such as households whose main source of income is from government pensions, benefits and allowances, and household characteristics of selected life cycle groups. The 2011-12 SIH is now being enumerated, and results are expected to become available from June 2013.
The HECS is being conducted throughout 2012, and is being conducted in conjunction with the 2011-12 SIH from January to June 2012. The results of the HECS will provide important information which will be used in conjunction with the data from the SIH to inform governments, researchers and the community about the differing energy costs, consumption and behaviour patterns of Australian households. Results are expected to become available from September 2013.
This page last updated 20 February 2012