4914.0.55.001 - Newsletter: Age Matters, May 2006  
ARCHIVED ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 31/05/2006   
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(1) In preparation for the 2006 Census, to be held on the 8 August, the ABS has released Census Household Guide, 2006 which is a guide on how to complete your Census form. In addition to information on the purpose, confidentiality provisions and processes used to collect a census, this release shows the complete list of questions to be asked and also provides some instruction on how each of question should be answered. The guide also includes snippets of information relevant to each set of questions e.g on the 2006 Census form, questions 16 and 17 are about languages, and the Guide advises us that, in 2001 approximately one in five people were born overseas or spoke a language other than English at home.

While the primary purpose of this release is to assist in the collection of the census, potential users of census data will also be interested. The guide is available from the ABS website and is also available in a large print version.

(2) The ABS has released a new issue publication Household Wealth and Wealth Distribution, Australia, 2003-04 which presents a summary of findings about household wealth and wealth distribution in Australia compiled from the 2003-04 Survey of Income and Housing. Wealth is derived from net worth and measures the extent to which the value of household assets exceeds the value of their liabilities. The Survey of Income and Housing collected detailed information about the income, assets, liabilities and household characteristics of persons aged 15 years and over resident in private dwellings throughout Australia.

The statistics in this publication present a broad overview of household wealth related data items. Emphasis has been given to highlighting the differing household net worth compositions and distributions when mean household net worth is cross-classified by various household characteristics, such as income levels and sources, family composition of the household, geographic location and reference person characteristics.