4102.0 - Australian Social Trends, 2006  
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People in their 50s: then and now
For many people the 50s years are a time of planning for and transition to retirement. This article compares people in their 50s now with people in their 50s twenty years ago, illustrating how the characteristics of this group have changed over time. It examines changes in their demographic characteristics, mortality, living arrangements, participation in education and work, and income.

Young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples
The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander population is younger and growing more rapidly than the Australian population overall. While young Indigenous Australians remain disadvantaged across a range of areas when compared with non-Indigenous young people, there is also evidence of improved education and employment outcomes for this group over the past 10 years.

Australian expatriates in OECD countries
Since 1985 the number of residents departing Australia for 12 months or more has more than doubled, with almost two-thirds being to OECD countries. Using data collected in OECD member countries' censuses, this article gives an overview of Australian expatriates and how Australia compares with other OECD countries in terms of the relative size and characteristics of expatriate populations.

Pace of ageing: Australia and Japan
Population ageing is a major long-term issue in Australia, but how does the ageing of Australia's population compare with other countries? In 2005 Japan had the oldest population of any country in the world, with half of the population aged 43 years or over. In comparison, Australia has a moderately aged population, with half aged 37 years or over in 2005. Population projections indicate Australia's population will increase by 38% between 2005 and 2050, whereas Japan's population is projected to decline by 21% over the same period.

This section contains the following subsection :
      National and State Summary Tables
      Population Data sources and Definitions
      People in their 50s: then and now
      Young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples
      Australian expatriates in OECD countries
      Pace of Aging: Australia and Japan

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