4914.0.55.001 - Newsletter: Age Matters, Dec 2003  
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WELCOME

Welcome to the fifth and final issue of Age Matters for 2003. It has been a busy year for the National Ageing Statistical Unit (NASU) with the main highlights including:

  • the release of 'Census of Population and Housing: Ageing in Australia, 2001' (cat. no. 2048.0);
  • an article for Australian Social Trends 2003, 'Changes in labour force participation across generations' (cat. no. 4102.0);
  • a presentation and conference paper for the Ageless Workforce Symposium held in Sydney (August); and
  • the release of the ageing theme page on the ABS website.

Another main highlight for NASU was the production of an information paper outlining what can be done with new and existing data in terms of addressing the big questions on ageing. A copy of this paper is included in this issue of Age Matters.

I am sure you will find the information contained in this issue useful reading over the holiday period, including: Australia's official population reaching the 20 million milestone; Australia's working age population projected to decline; Australia's older population on the increase; and, the age of women giving birth now older than ever.

Thank you for your support throughout the year. 2004 is shaping into an equally busy and even more productive year. I look forward to bringing you more news.

I hope you have a safe and happy holiday.

Maryann Wood