4914.0.55.001 - Newsletter: Age Matters, Aug 2004  
ARCHIVED ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 09/09/2004   
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In June 2003,

  • the number of older people (aged 65 years and over) in Western Australia rose by 3.1% (in the 12 months to June 2003). In this age group, the number of females exceeded the number of males, with 82.0 males for every 100 females.
  • the largest proportions of persons aged 65 years and over were in the statistical divisions of the South West (13.8%) and Lower Great Southern (14.0%). In contrast, the Pilbara and the Kimberley had only 2.4% and 4.4% of their respective populations in this age group.
  • people aged 85 years and over accounted for 1.3% of the total Western Australia population and 11% of those aged 65 years and over, in June 2003.
  • Only 4 statistical local areas had more than 3% of their population aged 85 years and over - Claremont (3.9%), Victoria Park (3.7%), Stirling - South Eastern (3.6%) and Nedlands (3.4%). Outside the metropolitan area, the statistical local area of Albany - Central had the highest proportion of their population aged 85 years and over (2.7%).

For further details, refer to Population by Age and Sex, Western Australia -- Electronic Delivery (ABS cat. no. 3235.5.55.001), which was released on 5 July 2004.