4914.0.55.001 - Age Matters, Jun 2008  
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Life Tables, Australia, 2006 (cat. no. 3302.0.55.001) contains Australian life tables for males and females for the reference period. A life table is a statistical model used to represent mortality of a population.

Household Wealth and Wealth Distribution, Australia, 2005-06 (cat. no. 6554.0) presents results from the Survey of Income and Housing (SIH) on estimates of household net worth, or wealth. It includes summary measures of the distribution of household net worth in Australia. Classifications used to describe households include net worth quintile, income quintile, principal source of household income, family composition, tenure type and geographic location. For each category of household, estimates of the various assets and liabilities comprising net worth are provided along with estimates of household income, household size and other characteristics. This publication also contains expanded detail for age groups, splitting a category for those aged 65 years and over into two categories for 65-74 and 75 years and over.


Population by Age and Sex, Australian States and Territories, Jun 2007 (cat. no. 3201.0)

Ageing Population

Australia's population, like that of most developed countries, is ageing as a result of sustained low fertility and increasing life expectancy. This is resulting in proportionally fewer children (under 15 years of age) in the population. The median age (the age at which half the population is older and half is younger) of the Australian population has increased by 5.5 years over the last two decades, from 31.3 years at 30 June 1987 to 36.8 years at 30 June 2007. Between 30 June 2006 and 2007 the median age increased by 0.2 years. Over the next several decades, population ageing is expected to have significant implications for Australia including health, labour force participation, housing and demand for skilled labour (Productivity Commission 2005, Economic Implications of an Ageing Australia, Research Report, Canberra).

Animated Population Pyramids

A population pyramid is a graph showing the age and sex distribution of a population. It is a useful tool in revealing information about a population's history and future possibilities.

Animated population pyramids show the change of population distribution over time. Population Pyramids are available for Australia, States and Territories.

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How Australians Use Their Time, 2006 (cat. no. 4153.0) presents selected results from the 2006 Time Use Survey. The survey collected information from people aged 15 years and over across all States and Territories. Time use surveys collect detailed information on the daily activity patterns of people in Australia. The information is used to examine how people allocate time to activities such as paid and unpaid work and to analyse such issues as gender equality, care giving and balancing family and paid work responsibilities. Patterns of time use have assumed increasing importance as a means to measure the productive value of households as economic units.

Research Paper: Measuring Human Capital Flows for Australia: A Lifetime Labour Income Approach, Feb 2008 (cat. no. 1351.0.55.023) presents an experimental accumulation account for human capital for Australia. The proposed accounting system draws on the Jorgenson-Fraumeni human capital accounting system, with a few modifications. This study, released on 21 February 2008, focuses on human capital formed through investment in post-school education and working experience. To separate the positive effect on lifetime labour incomes of ageing, this study makes use of wage differentials arising from age at the early stage of working life to estimate investment in working experience.
MARCH 2008

Population Characteristics, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians, 2006 (cat. no. 4713.0) presents a range of statistics for the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander (Indigenous) population of Australia using results of the 2006 Census of Population and Housing. It covers Indigenous population structure and distribution; mobility; household composition; language and religious affiliation; education; work; income; and housing and transport. It also includes the new topics of need for assistance, unpaid work and dwelling Internet connection.

Census of Population and Housing: Socio-Economic Indexes for Areas (SEIFA), Australia - Data only 2006 (cat. no. 2033.0.55.001) and Information Paper: An Introduction to Socio-Economic Indexes for Areas (SEIFA), 2006 (cat. no. 2039.0).

SEIFA is a suite of four summary measures that have been created from 2006 Census information. The indexes can be used to explore different aspects of socio-economic conditions by geographic areas. For each index, every geographic area in Australia is given a SEIFA number which shows how disadvantaged that area is compared with other areas in Australia.

Each index summarises a different aspect of the socio-economic conditions of people living in an area. They each summarise a different set of social and economic information.

Explore your city through the 2006 Census Social Atlas Series. The 2006 Census of Population and Housing provides a 'snapshot' of Australia which, in addition to counting the population, collects information on the social, economic and housing characteristics of Australian society.

Atlases are available for:
  • Sydney (includes Wollongong, Newcastle and Central Coast)
  • Melbourne (includes Geelong)
  • Brisbane (includes the Gold Coast and the Sunshine Coast)
  • Adelaide (includes Mount Gambier and Whyalla)
  • Perth (includes Bunbury and Kalgoorlie)
  • Hobart (includes Launceston and Burnie-Devonport)
  • Darwin and Palmerston (includes Alice Springs and Litchfield Shire)
  • Canberra (includes Queanbeyan)
There is a common set of social, economic and housing topics mapped in each atlas for the capital city area to provide some consistency between atlases. Each capital city set of maps also contains some additional topics.

All the atlases and almost all the areas have a map showing distribution of persons aged 75 years and over. The accompanying analysis of some of the other maps also provide information on older persons particularly for the maps showing people who need assistance, Indigenous Australians, low income households and people living alone.

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APRIL 2008

The Health and Welfare of Australia's Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples, 2008 (cat. no. 4704.0) presents the latest data on the health and welfare of Australia's Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander population, as well as information about their socioeconomic circumstances. Wherever possible, data are provided on changes in the circumstances of Indigenous people over time, as well as on the differences between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians.

Tasmanian State and Regional Indicators, Mar 2008 (cat. no. 1307.6) provides a summary of Tasmanian statistical information and is released on a quarterly basis. Topics in this issue includes: Family and Community, Population, and Household Economic Resources, plus a Feature Article on Ageing in Tasmania.

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