1304.5 - Stats Talk WA (Newsletter), May 2004  
ARCHIVED ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 29/09/2004   
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Census of Population and Housing: Australia's Youth, 2001 (ABS cat. no. 2059.0)

The characteristics of youth (15 to 24 year olds) are explored in detail in a new publication from the Australian Bureau of Statistics.

Census of Population and Housing: Australia's Youth, 2001 (cat. no. 2059.0)

Some youth facts for Western Australia include :

  • In 2001, there were 260,300 people aged 15-24 years, equating to 14% of the WA population and 10% of the Australian youth population.
  • Nearly one-fifth (19%) of WA's youth population were born overseas, the highest proportion of all states and territories.
  • 56% of WA's youth had used a computer at home in the week preceding the census, compared with 59% nationally.
  • Nearly two-thirds (65%) of WA's youth participated in the labour force in 2001, compared to a national participation rate of 63%.
  • 49% of WA's youth were attending an educational institution, compared with the national rate of 53%.
This publication provides an updated snapshot of young people across a range of areas of social concern. It explores issues such as: Indigenous and cultural background, ancestry, language proficiency, family relationships, participation in education and the labour force, income levels, and use of computers and the Internet. Also included is an in-depth feature article exploring the mobility patterns of youth.

Further information can be obtained from the Children and Youth Statistics Theme Page

Or, for a hard copy of the publication phone 1300 135 070.