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Key ABS Ageing Related Collections

The ABS conducts a number of survey collections that are relevant to those interested in older people and population ageing in Australia. This page provides links to ABS collections and products that may be of interest. They have been grouped by topic. For a full listing of the upcoming publication release dates, please go to the ABS Release Calendar webpage or the ABS Release Advice page.

Health, Disability and Caring
Census of Population and Housing
Income and Expenditure
Employment and Retirement
Social Connectedness


Survey of Disability, Ageing and Carers (SDAC): User Guide
SDAC collects information about people aged 60 years and over, people with disabilities and their carers. It provides the only source of information on the assistance requirements of these groups, the extent to which these requirements are met and the characteristics of those with unmet need. The survey was most recently conducted in 2012, with results to be released in 2013.
Disability, Ageing and Carers, Australia: Summary of Findings, 2009 (cat. no. 4430.0)
Caring in the Community, Australia, 2009 (cat. no. 4436.0)
Disability, Australia, 2009 (cat. no. 4446.0)
    Australian Health Survey (AHS): User Guide
    The AHS is the largest and most comprehensive health survey conducted in Australia. Information is collected about the health status of the population, risk factors, nutrition and physical activity, as well as biomedical measures. Most data items are broken up into age group, allowing users to see the effects of ageing on health.
    Australian Health Survey: First Results, 2011-12 (cat. no. 4364.0.55.001)
    Profiles of Health, 2011-13 (cat. no. 4338.0)

    National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Survey (NATSIHS): User Guide
    The NATSIHS provides information about the health circumstances of Indigenous Australians from remote and non-remote areas. Data is available on health status, risk factors and actions, as well as socioeconomic status. The next survey will be conducted over 2012-13 across the country in cities and remote communities to create evidence to measure progress in improving Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health. The first results from the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Survey 2012-13 will be released in November 2013.
    National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Survey, 2004-05 (cat. no. 4715.0)

    National Survey of Mental Health and Wellbeing: User Guide
    The National Survey of Mental Health and Wellbeing provides information on the prevalence of selected lifetime and 12 month mental disorders for age groups up to 85 years. Disorders are categorised into three main groups: anxiety disorders, affective disorders and substance abuse disorders. Information on level of impairment, health services used and physical conditions is also provided.
    National Survey of Mental Health and Wellbeing: Summary of Results, 2007 (cat. no. 4326.0)

    Other related publications
    Disability Variables, 2006 (cat. no. 1200.0.55.001)
    Patient Experiences in Australia: Summary of Findings, 2011-12 (cat. no. 4839.0)

    An examination of different ABS sources of disability data can be found by accessing ABS Sources of Disability Information (cat. no. 4431.0.55.002).


    Census of Population and Housing: Census Dictionary
    The Census of Population and Housing is the largest statistical collection run by the ABS. Run every five years, it is the only collection that provides a detailed picture of the entire population. Ageing data is available for small geographic areas and population groups. The Census was last conducted in August 2011.
    Reflecting a Nation: Stories from the 2011 Census, 2012-13 (cat. no. 2071.0)
    Census of Population and Housing: Basic Community Profile (cat. no. 2001.0)
    Census of Population and Housing: QuickStats (cat. no. 2061.0)

    More Census data is available on the ABS website and can be accessed from the Census webpage.


    Household Expenditure Survey (HES): User Guide
    The Household Expenditure Survey (HES) collects detailed information about the expenditure, income and household characteristics of a sample of households resident in private dwellings throughout Australia. The data is used to update the weighting pattern of the Consumer Price Index and other living cost indexes, in order to ensure that they adequately reflect the spending habits of Australians.
    Household Expenditure Survey, Australia: Summary of Results, 2009-10 (cat. no. 6530.0)

    An index of particular interest to older people is the Pensioner and Beneficiary Living Cost Index (PBLCI), which is designed to measure the impact of price change on the disposable incomes of households whose income is derived principally from government pensions or benefits. The PBLCI presents a separate age pension analytical living cost index, and has been constructed using an outlays approach. It will be used by the government to inform policy decision relating to the indexation of base pension rates.
    Pensioner and Beneficiary Living Cost Index (cat. no. 6467.0)

    Survey of Income and Housing (SIH): User Guide
    SIH collects information on sources of income, amounts received, housing and household characteristics and personal characteristics. Household net worth, or wealth, is also an important component. The survey is conducted every two years, and covers residents of private dwellings in both urban and regional areas of Australia. Age group data is available for some aspects of household expenditure, as well as for particular household characteristics.
    Household Income and Income Distribution, Australia, 2009-10 (cat. no. 6523.0)
    Household Wealth and Wealth Distribution, Australia, 2009-10 (cat. no. 6554.0)
    Housing Occupancy and Costs, 2009 (cat. no. 4130.0)


    Survey of Employment Arrangements, Retirement and Superannuation (SEARS): User Guide
    SEARS collects detailed information about the diversity of employment arrangements in Australia, as well as the characteristics of retirement and the superannuation coverage of individuals. Data can be cross-classified by a number of demographic and labour force characteristics, including age.
    Employment Arrangements, Retirement and Superannuation, Australia, Apr to Jul 2007 (cat. no. 6361.0)

    Labour Force Survey (LFS): User Guide
    The LFS collects information about Australia's labour market activity, providing estimates of employment, unemployment and labour force participation. Demographic information is also collected, allowing the data to be disaggregated by characteristics such as age and sex. The survey is conducted on a monthly basis, and includes a supplementary survey in most months. Topics covered by these additional surveys include underemployment, labour mobility and working time arrangements.
    Persons Not in the Labour Force, Australia, Sep 2012 (cat. no. 6220.0)
    Retirement and Retirement Intentions, Australia, Jul 2010 to Jun 2011 (cat. no. 6238.0)
    Underemployed Workers, Australia, Sep 2012 (cat. no. 6265.0)

    More products related to the LFS can be accessed via the 'Related Information' tab of the compendium publication Australian Labour Market Statistics (cat. no. 6105.0).


    General Social Survey (GSS): User Guide
    The GSS is a multidimensional survey that ranges across many aspects of life that are of concern to the Australian public, including the elderly. Among other things, the survey collects information on social networks, community involvement and personal stressors. The survey was first run in 2002, and is conducted every four years.
    General Social Survey: Summary Results, Australia, 2010 (cat. no. 4159.0)
    Voluntary Work, Australia, 2010 (cat. no. 4441.0)

    Time Use Survey (TUS): User Guide
    This survey collects detailed information on the daily activity patterns of people in Australia. The information is used to examine how people allocate time, and how they balance family and paid work responsibilities. Demographic data is also collected, allowing for profiles to be built based on factors such as age and gender.
    How Australians Use Their Time, 2006 (cat. no. 4153.0)

    National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Survey (NATSISS): User Guide
    The NATSISS provides information about the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander populations of Australia for a wide range of areas of social concern. Topics in the survey include health, education, culture and labour force participation. Demographic information is also collected, and users can see breakdowns by age group. The survey is conducted on a six-yearly basis, most recently in 2008.
    National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Survey, 2008 (cat. no. 4714.0)


    Australian Demographic Statistics
    The Estimated Resident Population (ERP) is the official estimate of the Australian population. ERP is based on data from the most recent Census of Population and Housing, but also uses administrative data on births, deaths and overseas and interstate migration. Estimates of the resident population by age are also produced. ERP at national and state/territory level are published on a quarterly basis. A link to a list of relevant publications can be found below.
    Australian Demographic Statistics (cat. no. 3101.0)
    Causes of Death, Australia, 2011 (cat. no. 3303.0)
    Household and Family Projections, Australia, 2006 to 2031 (cat. no. 3236.0)
    Population Projections, Australia, 2006 to 2101 (cat. no. 3222.0)
    Population by Age and Sex, Regions of Australia, 2011 (cat. no. 3235.0)

    More demography products can be found under the 'Related Information' tab of Australian Demographic Statistics.

    Commonwealth of Australia 2008

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