4102.0 - Australian Social Trends, Sep 2010  
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29 September, 2010
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What happens to the children of separated parents?

      One in four young adults experienced parental separation or divorce when they were a child, overseas travel by Australians has grown more than 150% over the last 20 years, and more than half a million New Zealand-born people now live in Australia , according to the latest report on Australian Social Trends released today by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS).

      Parental divorce or death during childhood
      Compared with people whose parents did not separate or divorce, those whose did, were less likely to finish school and were more likely to enter a de-facto relationship at a younger age. Of those who married, they were less likely to remain married. People who experienced the death of a parent as a child were also less likely to finish school and tended to end up with lower levels of employment and incomes than those who did not lose a parent in childhood.

      Holidays abroad
      There was a record 6.8 million short-term departures by Australians in 2009–10, equivalent to 31 overseas trips for every 100 Australians. Over half of all travel was in the Asia-Pacific region, with the most popular destinations being New Zealand (over one million trips) and Indonesia (653,000). The fastest growing destinations were also in the Asia Pacific region with the numbers going to Thailand, China, and Fiji, each growing by over 10% per year on average, over the last decade.

      New Zealanders in Australia
      The number of New Zealand-born people in Australia has almost doubled in the last two decades to over half a million. The majority of New Zealanders in Australia live along the east coast, with Queensland being home to 38%. More New Zealand-born men than women live in Australia, and New Zealand-born men were more often employed in construction than other Australian residents.

      The city and the bush – Indigenous wellbeing across Remoteness Areas
      Despite recent improvements, Indigenous Australians remain significantly disadvantaged. In many cases, the disadvantage is greater outside the major cities, where most Indigenous people live. For example, 63% of young Indigenous adults in major cities were fully engaged in education or work compared with 41% in remote areas.

      Older people and the labour market
      Just over one-third of all people aged 55 years and over (or 1.9 million people) were in the labour force in 2009–10, with this participation rate increasing strongly over the past decade. Older men's participation (42%) is higher than for older women's (27%), but women's has been growing faster, driven by both full time and part time work. Older men were twice as likely to be self employed than younger men. Older women were most often in clerical, administrative and professional occupations. One in ten women worked in labouring jobs such as cleaners and laundry workers.

      Further information is available in the September edition of Australian Social Trends, 2010 (cat.no. 4102.0), available for free download from the ABS website www.abs.gov.au.

      Media Note:
      When reporting ABS data you must attribute the Australian Bureau of Statistics (or the ABS) as the source.