4914.0.55.001 - Newsletter: Age Matters, Nov 2007
Previous ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 05/11/2007
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Australian Social Trends includes chapters on a range of issues of significance to ageing Australia. These include population, family and community, health, economic resources and housing.
Articles that may be of particular interest to ageing statistics are linked below:
Recent increases in Australia's fertility
International fertility comparison
Overweight and obesity
Diabetes and mellitus
Labour force participation: an international comparison
Larger dwellings, smaller households
Wealth in homes of owner-occupier households
Participation in sports and physical recreation
Summary tables and graphs at the beginning of each chapter show changes to key indicators that have taken place at a national level over a decade, and differences across states and territories for the most recent year. Data cubes are also available.
Voluntary Work, Australia, 2006 (cat. no. 4441.0) was released on 9 July 2007. This publication contains results from the national Voluntary Work Survey conducted throughout Australia from March to July 2006 as part of the General Social Survey (GSS). This is the third detailed survey conducted by the ABS on this topic. Previous Voluntary Work Surveys were conducted in 1995 and 2000.
When looking at the Australian population aged 65 years and over, 27% people (690,400) participated in voluntary work in 2006. Among those aged 65–84 years the median was 2.0 hours a week (2.3 hours among men and about 1.6 hours among women) whereas the next highest median hours of 1.5 hours per week (1.3 hours among men and 1.6 hours among women) for any age group was for those aged 55–64 years. The median weekly hours worked by people in younger age ranges were all lower than these. Similar age-related patterns are evident when using the average annual hours measure.
In addition to selected personal characteristics of people (including those 65 years and over) who volunteered, the publication presents information such as:
Analytical Living Cost Indexes for Selected Australian Household Types, Jun 2007 (cat. no. 6463.0) was released on 29 August 2007. It presents analytical living cost indexes for selected Australian household types. These price indexes are designed specifically to measure the impact of changes in prices on the out-of-pocket living costs experienced by four household types:
Research paper: Population Ageing and the Accumulation of Human Capital in Australia, 1981-2001, Sep 2007 (cat. no. 1351.0.55.022) was presented to the Australian Social Policy Conference in July 2007 and published in September 2007. The paper was written by Ewa Orzechowska–Fischer and Hui Wei as part of ABS's research program on the measurement of human capital.
Human capital can be defined as a productive capacity embodied in individuals. Using the experimental measurement framework for human capital developed by the Australian Bureau of Statistics, this study provides a quantitative assessment of the impact of Australia's ageing population on per capita human capital for the period 1981–2001.
ABS estimates show that stocks of human capital have grown significantly over this period. However, since the early 1990’s, the rate of growth has declined. This analysis suggests that population ageing has been one of the major drivers of this deceleration which has partly mitigated the recent increases in human capital arising from increased per capita investment in education and training.
As population ageing continues, maintaining growth in per capita human capital is a key issue for policy makers. An ageing population implies that the labour force will contract in the future. This is because the declining proportion of children in the population who are future labour market entrants and the increasing proportion of older workers approaching their retirement ages lead to more exits than entries to the labour force. The shrinking of labour pools will have consequences for many aspects of a national economy.
For more information about this research paper, please contact Dr Ewa Orzechowska-Fischer, Analytical Services Branch, on Canberra (02) 6252 6053 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Population by Age and Sex, Australia, 2006 (cat. no. 3235.0) was released on 24 July 2007, and contains estimates of the resident population of Statistical Local Areas (SLAs) and Local Government Areas (LGAs) of Australia at 30 June 2006, by age and sex.
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