4149.5 - Western Australia's Baby Boomers: A Profile of Persons Born 1946-1965, 2003
ARCHIVED ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 27/06/2003
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Western australia's baby boomers a high priority for planners
A new Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) publication highlighting the characteristics of Western Australia's baby boomers was launched today by Seniors Minister Sheila McHale in response to high priority state government planning needs.
In 2001, Western Australia's 557,700 baby boomers were aged 36 to 55 years and made up 29% of the population. Older baby boomers (born 1946-1955) are beginning their transition into retirement and how they will live their lives post-retirement is an important question for planners, policy makers and researchers.
Minister McHale said, "The demographic shift towards unprecedented numbers of older persons has enormous social and financial implications."
She said, "The 'coming of age' of our baby boomers will challenge and perhaps totally revolutionise the stereotyped views people have about the habits, behaviour and tastes of people in their middle to senior years".
Western Australia's ABS Regional Director, Colin Nagle said, "The publication brings together a wealth of information about our state's baby boomers and it is expected to be an invaluable reference tool for policy makers, planners and academics for many years to come".
The 'baby boom' describes the 20 year period immediately following World War II, where there was a substantial increase in the number of births. The drop in birth rates in more recent years, along with improvements in life expectancies, have been the main cause of population ageing in Australia.
Further information is in Western Australia's Baby Boomers: A Profile of Persons Born 1946-1965 (cat. no. 4149.5).
Key statistics from Australian Bureau of Statistics publication - Western Australia's Baby Boomers: A Profile of Persons Born 1946-1965 (cat. no. 4149.5) include:
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