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  • National Regional Profile, 2007 to 2011 (cat. no. 1379.0.55.001) was released in May 2013 and presents a range of data for various types of small regions. The release includes data on the age breakdown of each region, as well as information on births and deaths, family type and occupation. Data is available for Local Government Areas, new Australian Geography Standard regions and State/Territory.
  • Census of Population and Housing: Basic Community Profile, 2011 Third Release (cat. no. 2001.0) was released in March 2013. Community Profiles provide a comprehensive statistical picture of an area, and provide characteristics relating to people, families and dwellings. A number of variables are disaggregated by age, including data relating to education, employment and selected person characteristics. The third release includes the additional geography of Remoteness Area.
  • Underemployed Workers, Australia, September 2012 (cat. no. 6265.0) was released in February 2013. The publication contains a range of information on underemployed workers, including demographic characteristics, number of preferred hours and steps taken to find work with more hours.
  • Reflecting a Nation: Stories from the 2011 Census, 2012-13 was released in June 2012 and presents commentary and analysis using data from the 2011 Census of Population and Housing. Analysis will be released progressively from June 2012, and focus on population, cultural diversity, living arrangements, community, education, work and housing. The articles will utilise the strengths of the Census, and provide information small population groups and small geographic areas.
  • Australian Health Survey: First Results, 2011-12 was released in October 2012, and contains information on health risk factors, mental health and wellbeing, and physical activity. Data is also available on the prevalence of particular types of long-term health conditions, such as heart disease, diabetes and other chronic conditions that can particularly affect older people.
  • Government Benefits, Taxes and Household Income, Australia, 2009-10 was released in July 2012. The publication presents the result of a study of the effects of taxation and government expenditure on the distribution of income among private households, compiled from data in the 2009-10 Survey of Income and Housing (SIH) and Household Expenditure Survey (HES). Extensive data are published on direct cash benefits, such as the age pension, as well as indirect benefits from government outlays on areas such as health, social security and welfare.
Research Papers and Reports


Survey of Disability, Ageing and Carers (SDAC)
The 2012 Survey of Disability, Ageing and Carers (SDAC) has been enumerated. This will be the first of a three-yearly program for SDAC with survey cycles planned for 2012, 2015 and 2018. Initial results from the survey are expected to be released in November 2013. SDAC aims to measure the prevalence of disability in Australia and levels of support needed, as well as providing a demographic and socio-economic profile of people with disability and older people (65 years and over) compared with the general population. It also provides information about those who provide care to people with a disability and older people.

Survey of Income and Housing (SIH) and Household Energy Consumption Survey (HECS)
The Survey of Income and Housing (SIH) collects information about income, housing costs, net worth and loans. The information supports analysis important to researchers of older people, such as households whose main source of income is from government pensions, benefits and allowances, and household characteristics of selected life cycle groups. Initial results from the 2011-12 SIH will become available in June 2013, with a publication on wealth and wealth distribution to follow in July 2013.

The HECS was conducted throughout 2012, and run in conjunction with the 2011-12 SIH from January to June 2012. The results of the HECS will provide important information which will be used in conjunction with the data from the SIH to inform governments, researchers and the community about the differing energy costs, consumption and behaviour patterns of Australian households. Results are expected to become available from September 2013.

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