4914.0.55.001 - Newsletter: Age Matters, Dec 2004  
ARCHIVED ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 14/12/2004   
   Page tools: Print Print Page Print all pages in this productPrint All


Over recent years the issues associated with the structural ageing of the population have received increased attention by governments and researchers. Broad issues affecting the ageing population include ensuring adequate retirement incomes, labour force participation, healthy ageing, and provision of community support, health services and aged care. Challenges in relation to population ageing include improving the capacity of older people for work, through better education and health; identifying better incentives for people to remain in the labour force, and improved flexibility in the workplace.

Mature age persons (those aged 45–64 years) have been identified as a key population group in terms of policy development to address these challenges. A series of Mature Age Statistical Profiles (cat. no. 4905.0.55.001) have been produced to provide an insight into the characteristics of mature age persons.

Profiles on Population and Cultural Diversity, Labour Force, and Health have been released with more topics to follow, including:

  • Housing, due for release in December 2004
  • Living Arrangements, due for release in January 2005
  • Education and Training, due for release in February 2005
  • Community Life, due for release in February 2005

For more information, contact Maryann Wood on (07) 3222 6206 or email maryann.wood@abs.gov.au.