4914.0.55.001 - Newsletter: Age Matters, Feb 2004  
ARCHIVED ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 08/03/2004   
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In 2001,

  • some of the oldest populations in Australia were found in Queensland coastal areas.
  • almost one in five people were aged 65 years and over in the Sunshine Coast (Statistical Sub-Division, or SSD), compared to one in eight in Australia as a whole.
  • regions with higher than average proportions of older couples were found along the east coast of Australia in areas such as the Sunshine Coast (SSD) and the Redcliffe City (SSD) in Queensland.
  • South Australia's population had the highest median age (38 years) of any state or territory.
  • almost one-third of households in Western Adelaide (SSD) were lone person households, well above the Australian average of 24%.
  • the Northern Territory had some of the highest rates of attendance at a University or TAFE among people aged 35 years or older in Australia. At 6%, Darwin (SD) had the highest rate of all mixed urban/rural regions presented in the report, with the Balance of the Northern Territory (SD) slightly lower at 5%.

Further details are in Census of Population and Housing: Australia in Profile - A regional analysis (cat. no. 2032.0). This publication was released on 16 January 2004 and presents commentary and data on a number of key social indicators from the 2001 Census, with the focus on regional distribution and comparisons. Topics covered include cultural diversity, living arrangements, education, work and housing.

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