1003.0 - LEP Newsletter (Issue No. 53), Aug 2005  
ARCHIVED ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 01/09/2005   
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Social trends unveiled

The ever popular Australian Social Trends 2005 (Cat. no 4102.0) was released in June, with a print copy sent to all LEP libraries.

AST opens a window to Australia's social conditions, blending statistics and analysis to paint an information rich landscape. Want to know more? Read your copy to discover why this is one of the ABS' most popular annual publications.

What's new in this issue?

  • The number of people living alone is projected to increase from 1.8 million in 2001 to between 2.8 million and 3.7 million in 2026.
  • A vast majority of households in 2004 (90%) reported conserving water by using water saving devices.
  • The social circumstances of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people have improved since 1994 with increases in educational attainment, employment and home ownership.
  • Babies born to women aged 30 years or more accounted for half (51%) of Australia's total fertility rate in 2003.
  • From grandparents ... Many grandparents play a caring role for their grandchildren, providing almost a third of the total hours of child care in 2002...
  • ... To people in their twenties: What a difference a generation makes! Life for people in their twenties in 2001 has changed a lot since 1976.