4102.0 - Australian Social Trends - 2003, 2003  
ARCHIVED ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 04/06/2003   
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Australian Social Trends 2003 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 change and diversity in Australian society. 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 2003 includes a set of national and state summary tables
which present key social indicators in each of seven major areas of social concern (listed below). These summary tables show at a glance how aspects of wellbeing have been changing over time and how they 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:


Family and community


Education and training


Economic resources