4102.0 - Australian Social Trends, 2002  
ARCHIVED ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 04/06/2002   
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Australian Social Trends 2002 presents information on contemporary social issues and areas of public policy concern. By drawing on a wide range of ABS statistics, as well as those from other official sources, Australian Social Trends describes Australian society and how it is changing over time. It is designed to assist and encourage informed decision-making and to be of value to a wide audience, including all those involved in social policy, research, journalism, marketing and teaching, as well as anyone interested in how we live today.

Australian Social Trends 2002 includes a set of national and state summary tables which present key social indicators in each of the seven major areas of social concern (listed below). These summary tables show at a glance how aspects of social wellbeing have been changing over time and how circumstances differ between States and Territories. Also provided is a set of tables of international comparisons for 17 countries, which include major OECD countries, Australia's nearest neighbours, and trading partners.

Seven major areas of social concern:






Income and expenditure