Facts and figures

While people may hear about Australia’s ageing population and the drain it will be on aged care resources, what are the numbers that the proposed changes are actually based on?

While people may hear about Australia’s ageing population and the drain it will be on aged care resources, what are the numbers that the proposed changes are actually based on?

Currently, one million older Australians receive aged care services. This number is expected to rise to over 3.5 million people using aged care services each year by 2050. Over the next eight years Australia will need to provide 82,000 new aged-care beds.

In 1983 a woman who reached 65 years of age could expect to live a further 14 years. By 2002 this had risen to 21 years for females and by 2021 it is expected that a woman will live 24 years after the age of 65

Proportionately, few Australians actually reside in Australian Government subsidised residential aged care with 90 per cent of people aged 60 and over living in private dwellings. For those over 80-years of age, this number decreases to 75 percent of women and 80 per cent of men. It remains the preference of older Australians to age in place.

For more detail on the ageing population drivers, click here to read the relevant section of Caring for Older Australians



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