4914.0.55.001 - Newsletter: Age Matters, Aug 2005  
ARCHIVED ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 27/09/2005   
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Welcome to the fourteenth edition of Age Matters, the regular newsletter from the National Ageing Statistics Unit (NASU). The release of this edition coincides with two significant events in the life of NASU.

Firstly, it is now just over three years since the unit was established within the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS), and in that time, it has established an identity both within and outside the ABS amongst those with an interest in ageing issues within Australia.

The second major event for the unit is the arrival of Mae Mulheran who has been appointed as the unit's new Manager. Mae is new to the ABS but brings a wealth of experience which will help consolidate the next stage of the role of NASU. Mae replaces Maryann Wood who has been instrumental in the development of NASU's IDP and associated papers. I would like to take this opportunity to welcome Mae and to thank Maryann for her contribution over the last two years.

Apart from these internal milestones, this edition of Ageing Matters features an article on the why, how and what of statistical standards which coincides firstly, with the reiteration of NASU's role in the promotion of standards in the IDP and Consultation paper,and secondly, with the recent release of a number of ABS classifications listed in New data releases. This section also announces the release of an information paper on the 2006 Census topics which I'm sure will be interest to readers.

Readers are also invited to visit the updated and re-formatted Ageing theme page on the ABS website for links to ageing-relevant ABS datasets and other web sites (see Where can you find us for details).

Tara Pritchard
National Ageing Statistics Unit