4102.0 - Australian Social Trends, 2005  
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July 8, 2005
Embargoed 11:30am (AEST)

Highlights from next Tuesday's release of Australian Social Trends 2005

Next Tuesday (12 July), the Australian Bureau of Statistics will release its annual analysis of social change in Australian society in the publication Australian Social Trends 2005.

Highlights from the publication's analysis of current and emerging trends include:
  • people in their twenties now and 25 years ago
  • recent fertility trends
  • future living arrangements
  • grandparents' role in caring for their grandchildren
  • deaths of children as a result of injury
  • school students' mathematics and science literacy
  • casual employment
  • the gap between men's and women's wages
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples' contact with the law.

The complete contents of Australian Social Trends 2005 is listed below.

Australian Social Trends 2005 (cat. no. 4102.0) will be released next Tuesday (12 July) at 11.30am (AEST). The entire publication will be available via this website at this time.

Hard copies available
Hard copies of the publication are being made available to media from ABS capital city offices, by request only. Hard copies will also be delivered to the Canberra Press Gallery, again by request only.

If you have not ordered your hard copy(s) already, you must contact us before 10am Monday 11 July to ensure availability the following day.

Chapters and Articles

Future living arrangements - uses population projections to discuss future living arrangements.

Social circumstances of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people - examines changes since 1994 in areas such as health and disability, education, work, income and housing.

People in their 20s: then and now - compares the characteristics and experiences of people in their 20s in 1976 and 2001.

Recent fertility trends - looks at Australian fertility trends over the ten years 1993-2003.

Labour force transitions - focuses on people who change labour force status from one month to the next.

Nursing workers - looks at the characteristics of nursing workers and changes over time.

Casual employees - presents the age, sex, industry, occupation, earnings and other characteristics of casual employees.

Labour force characteristics of people with a disability - explores characteristics such as labour force participation, employment arrangements and unemployment of people with a disability.

Family and community
Economic resources
Carers - looks at caring over the lifecycle, characteristics of primary carers and support for carers.

Grandparents raising their grandchildren - compares families where grandparents are the primary carers of their grandchildren with other families.

Informal care provided by grandparents - examines the amount and patterns of use of child care provided by grandparents.

Social and sporting activities of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples - looks at Indigenous peoples’ participation in selected social interaction activities.

Sources of personal income across Australia - presents a case study of four local government areas selected for their different changes in income patterns and population over a 5 year period.

Female/male earnings - examines trends in and influences on the gender wage gap.

Colorectal cancer - presents information on incidence, mortality, survival and risk factors for colorectal cancer.

Older people with disabilities - explores the prevalence of disability among older people, their living arrangements and need for assistance.

Children's accidents and injuries - looks at recent injuries sustained by children as well as deaths as a result of injury in children.

Supply of housing - explores changes in housing supply, particularly the location and type of new residential construction.

Housing for older Australians - looks at the household and housing characteristics of older Australians.

Education and training
Other areas of social concern
Young people at risk in the transition from education to work - explores the extent of engagement of young people in education and work.

Multiple qualification holders - examines the characteristics of Australians with more than one non-school qualification and the qualifications they hold.

School students' mathematics and science literacy - summarises Australian results in the 2003 OECD Programme for International Student Assessment.

Higher criminal court outcomes - focuses on the characteristics of defendants in the Higher criminal courts.

Household water use and conservation - summarises water use and conservation by households.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples: contact with the law - examines contact with law enforcement authorities and exposure to family and personal violence

Each of the chapters also include a set of national and state/territory summary tables which present key social indicators.

The last chapter provides international comparisons in the areas of population, health, education and work.