Statistician's Report gives a generational view on Australia

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January 22, 2009


Attention: Chiefs of Staff and News Editors

Statistician's Report gives a generational view on Australia
To be released next week - 29 January 09

A Picture of the Nation: the Statistician's Report on the 2006 Census is being released next Thursday by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS).

The Statistician's Report examines contemporary issues in Australian society with the sort of depth only made possible by the analysis of a centuries worth of population census figures.

The report looks at Australian society through two different filters - generational groups (birth cohorts such as Baby Boomers, Generation X and Y or the iGeneration) and life-cycle groups (people in similar situations such as one parent families, lone persons, families with and without children) - to discover the changes over time.

Subjects covered in The Statistician's Report include family and living arrangements, skills shortages, cultural diversity, work, economic resources and housing. Each chapter contains a broad overview and a number of feature articles about specific social issues.

Printed copies will be available after 11:30 am on the day of release - return the form below to reserve your copy.

Printed copies must be pre-ordered by 23 January 09.

Copies will be distributed at Parliament House Press Gallery.

Media not at the Press Gallery will need to make arrangements to pick up copies of the publication from ABS capital city offices after 11.30 am on release day.

Printed copies must be pre-ordered by 23 January to ensure availability. It will also be available for free download from the ABS website on <> from 11.30 am on day of release.

To reserve your copy complete the details below and either fax to (02) 6252 8002 or email your details to by 3.00pm, 23 January 2009.

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I will pick up from the ABS office in my capital city.
Please deliver to the Canberra Press Gallery.

A Picture of the Nation, the Statistician's Report on the 2006 Census
- list of chapters and articles
Overview – looks at broad changes in the composition and distribution of Australia’s population.
  • From generation to generation – explores some of the defining characteristics of different generations of Australians.
  • Where do Australians live? – shows the character of Australia’s population distribution, with comparisons back to the 1911 Census.
  • On the move – examines the flows of people around different parts of Australia.

Overview – shows the changing cultural background of Australia’s population, including ancestry and religion, and the characteristics of the overseas-born population.
  • Second generation Australians
  • Religion across the generations

Overview – examines the variety of living arrangements of Australians at different stages of life, and how these have changed over the last 20 years.
  • Children’s living arrangements
  • Families with young children: a Sydney case study

Overview – considers some of the new information available on unpaid work (volunteering and caring) along with those needing assistance in the community.
  • Volunteering across Australia
  • Caring across the life cycle
Overview – explores the broad trends in participation in education in Australia, and the qualifications that result.
  • Adult education across the generations
  • School teachers

Overview – discusses changes in key measures of the labour force over the 20 years to 2006, including variations across regions in Australia.
  • Skill shortages
  • Generations of employment
  • Driving to work

Overview – explores the factors associated with higher and lower levels of personal income, and the geographic distribution of people according to their household income level and rates of home ownership.
  • Workers’ incomes across Australia
  • Workers’ incomes in selected regions.

Overview – looks at the broad changes that have occurred in Australian housing and its use, including data back to the 1911 Census.
  • Housing utilisation
  • Housing across Brisbane and Melbourne city rings