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Key trends in Australia’s welfare


Ageing of the population

In 2014, 15% (3.5 million people) were aged 65 and over.

In 2054, 21% (8.4 million people) will be aged 65 and over.

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People with disability

In 2012, about 1 in 5 Australians had a disability.

The proportion of the population with disability has remained stable at 19% since 2009.

The prevalence of disability increases with age.

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Home ownership

The proportion of households renting.

The proportion of households with a mortgage.

The proportion of households without a mortgage.

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Changing workforce

Between 1992 and 2014, the labour force participation rate has changed.

Men retire, on average, at 58 and women at 50. While this has changed little for men since 2004–05, it has increased from 47 years for women.

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Indigenous Australians

In 2012–13, government payments were the main source of income for 50% of Indigenous Australians aged 18–64.

Indigenous Australians aged 18–64 whose main source of income was from employment, 32% in 2002 to 41% in 2012–13.

For Indigenous Australians, this proportion is down from 63% in 2002.

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