2902.0 - Census Update (Newsletter), Mar 2004  
ARCHIVED ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 26/03/2004   
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Census of Population and Housing: Australia's Youth provides an updated snapshot of young people (15-24 year olds) across a range of areas of social concern.

Using data from the 2001 Census, the publication 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. The publication includes an in-depth feature article exploring the mobility patterns of youth.

Key findings from the report include:

  • 59% of Australian youth lived in the parental home, with young males being more likely than young females to be living in the parental home. The largest difference being in the 20–24 year age group with 45% of males at home compared to 34% of females
  • Young people aged 20–24 years were more likely (60%) to have moved residence between 1996 and 2001, than 18–19 year olds (46%)
  • Youth participation in education increased between 1996 and 2001. The largest increase was in higher education, with participation increasing from 13% in 1996 to 17% in 2001
  • Of all youth who reported their income, over half (53%) had a weekly income of less than $200 and 18% received $500 or more a week.

For further information in the field of youth statistics or to purchaseCensus of Population and Housing: Australia's Youth (cat. no. 2059.0) go to the ABS web site.