4106.1 - Population Ageing in New South Wales, 2008, Dec 2008 Quality Declaration 
ARCHIVED ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 17/12/2008  First Issue
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New South Wales (NSW) is undergoing a fundamental change to its population, the impact of which will be complex and wide-ranging. Population ageing, with people living longer and healthier lives and older people making up an increasing proportion of the total population, presents both a challenge and opportunity to our community.

It is important to note, however, that while the overall population is ageing, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people continue to have significantly shorter life expectancies than the rest of the population.

The information provided in the Chapters of this publication reflects the priorities outlined in Toward 2030: planning for our changing population (Toward 2030), covering the areas of 1. Planning for Change; 2. Prevention and Early Intervention; 3. The Workforce; 4. Participation in Society, and 5. Care and Support.

Toward 2030 identifies that it is crucial that we plan now for this demographic change, and that the planning be supported by sound evidence and data.

We are therefore pleased to present Population Ageing in New South Wales, 2008, which is a joint publication of the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) and the NSW Government through the Department of Ageing, Disability and Home Care (DADHC). It seeks to provide an overview of a range of information that is clear, current and useful to assist in understanding the demographic changes that are occurring and support the planning of appropriate responses to these changes.

It seeks to complement the extensive data that is available through:

  • NSW Government Departments, such as data available through the Department of Planning and the health data available through NSW Health; and
  • the full reports of the ABS surveys and data collections that are contained in this publication.

People aged 45 years and over are a diverse group now, and will be in the future. They have a wide variety of life experiences, skills, health, family situations, living arrangements, attitudes, cultural backgrounds, relationships, knowledge and financial well being. Population Ageing in New South Wales, 2008 provides a rich source of information on many of these areas of diversity.

Population Ageing in New South Wales, 2008 provides data from non-ABS and surveys and collections. It draws extensively on information provided freely by individuals, businesses, governments and other organisations. Their continued cooperation is greatly appreciated. We extend our thanks and appreciation to those organisations who have kindly supplied material for inclusion in this publication.

We are particularly proud of the partnership that has produced this publication and we acknowledge the work of the staff of the ABS and the Office for Ageing in DADHC.

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