How Australians are getting older – census data reveals all

Australians are getting older – with one in six Australians now aged over 65.

How Australians are getting older

Results of the latest national census have revealed we're a fast-changing nation with Australians getting older – with one in six Australians now aged over 65.

As the baby boomers’ percentage of the population grows, the profile of a typical Australian will continue to age. Currently the median age is 38, up from 23 in 1911, 28 in 1966 and 37 in 2011.

Due to improvements in diets, medical technology and public health, Australians are continuing to live longer than past generations, with 84,000 more people aged over 85 years since the 2011 Census.

A growing concern for future governments is the declining rate of home ownership with just 31 per cent of Australians owning a home compared to 41.1 per cent in 1991. The number of Australians moving into retirement without owning a home, combined with increasing divorce/separation rates, will only continue to put further pressure on the Age Pension system, at least until Superannuation accounts mature enough to reverse this trend.

Holding much of the country’s wealth, older Australians are becoming more powerful than ever before and politicians will increasingly to take note of their voting power. We can only hope that this power leads to further life-long improvements for older people.

What do you think? Is Australia’s ageing population a good thing? With the Australian population growing by 1037 extra Aussies every day since the 2011 Census, are you concerned about the changing landscape of our country? 

Read more at theguardian.com
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    Kathleen
    28th Jun 2017
    10:24am
    Australians are getting older and people are leaving religion. 30% of people stated no religion which is a big change, the older component was already known. Home ownership is also a change. Our children have chosen no religion and only one owns a home at the moment. I was raised catholic but now believe that God is a myth. There is historical evidence for characters from the bible but the need for religion comes from within because people have fears. I notice religion was avoided in the above piece. Politics and religion are hot topics. Old age is obvious and a reality unlike God.
    Scooterista
    28th Jun 2017
    2:05pm
    Giving the stats a more positive spin: there are now over 70% of Australians who are devoted believers in religion and the existence of a God. Yippee!
    Scooterista
    28th Jun 2017
    2:05pm
    Giving the stats a more positive spin: there are now over 70% of Australians who are devoted believers in religion and the existence of a God. Yippee!
    AutumnOz
    28th Jun 2017
    2:20pm
    I believe in God but do not believe in the spin religions have put onto the concept of God.
    GrandmaKathleen it has often been said that if God didn't exist he would have had to be invented so people had someone to blame for their actions. I think that is probably true as most people do look for someone, other than themselves, to blame when things go wrong.
    MB100D
    28th Jun 2017
    2:45pm
    A wise man once said the "World experience Peace until the Last Politician is strangled with the entrails of the Last Priest".
    Sceptic
    28th Jun 2017
    2:59pm
    Partial information again.

    It is always necessary to give full details to understand the background before blindly accepting the stats.

    For the first time in a census form the No Religion was the first item on the list. No doubt at the next census it will not be so will be interesting to see the results then.
    Charlie
    28th Jun 2017
    10:51am
    Living longer does not mean people are able bodied for longer.

    Things that would have killed people are delayed by surgery to remove the bad bits and there is better health care for poor people.

    As for the lifestyle changes that keep people fitter into old age, well I don't think that was part of my youth and on average I don't think it's part of today's youth either.
    Crimmo
    28th Jun 2017
    12:00pm
    I have always said, when less than 50% of the population are Christian, we can cancel Christmas and Easter and send everyone back to work. We are nearly there.
    Scooterista
    28th Jun 2017
    2:13pm
    The Census states that 70% of all Australians believe in a religion. Many of these religious people are from other religions like the Bah Hi, Hindus, Buddhists and Muslims. That said, Christianity still holds the top spot on numbers alone! With the Liberals push and expansion of immigration, to keep GDP rising, expect the other religions, more Mosques and Temples to grow in OZ. More interfaith conferences will mean the Christian Leaders will be treating the Immigrants as Jesus treated his neighbours; with love!
    ChangingTimes
    28th Jun 2017
    9:39pm
    It won't make a difference what party is in power Scooterista, Labour will also be going down the same track
    Anonymous
    29th Jun 2017
    11:27pm
    Since the census is meant to help formulate policy, hope they wake up now and change the immigration policies to favour Christians as we seem to be in danger of losing the majority religious identity soon. And, to hell with listening to the United Nations, we should decide who comes here (John Howard: what happened?).
    Polly Esther
    28th Jun 2017
    12:07pm
    The longer people live the older they get, seems right. Problem?
    johnp
    28th Jun 2017
    1:09pm
    And of course the current govt will get voted out. This is because they targeted, via the assets test, the 60 and over age group reducing their eligibility for such as the old aged pension
    MB100D
    28th Jun 2017
    2:46pm
    Careful what you wish for.
    Anonymous
    29th Jun 2017
    8:46pm
    Let's hope the older generation realise that they do have power, especially in marginal seats, and vote out the current Liberal / Nats, Labor & Greens politicians, i.e. shake up the system by getting rid of these non-performers and make them start understanding that their job is not to look after themselves, but in fact the rest of the people.
    ex PS
    3rd Jul 2017
    9:14am
    Yes R.N. good advice for those Retirees that are sick and tired of being targeted so that this government can prop up their political backers. In other words those who contribute to the party.
    George, the older generation gave the so called major parties a slap in the last election. They obviously took no notice, it's time to give them a sharp jab and see if we can get their attention. If not we will have to give them the K.O punch and start over again.
    Politicians have to be put on notice, we are not interested in core/non-core promises any more, say what you mean and mean what you say, or get out of the way and make room for people with integrity.
    Pamiea
    28th Jun 2017
    1:36pm
    Grandmakathleen and crimmo. I feel sorry for you two as you obviously don't have much joy in your hearts and kathleen seeing as how you are a "know it all" on religion and have all the answers supposedly why havent you cashed in on it???
    MB100D
    28th Jun 2017
    4:21pm
    Kathleen didn't say she "Knew it all" about religion, just that she did not believe. If you do, good for you, it doesn't make you right or wrong. The non believers like myself, just object to having your views or beliefs imposed on me.
    Scooterista
    28th Jun 2017
    2:03pm
    Interesting Census results. Will there be a renewed push for Euthanasia laws to keep a lid on the huge $60 billion dollar plus Federal welfare spend. Most of it going to the Aged and paying the Aged Pension. Then again as a 62 year old I don't want to end my life like my mum (91) stuck in an Aged Care home (with Dementia) looking at the carpark all day, everyday. That's not living! Goto go and ride my Vespa folks....Now that is enjoying life...
    MB100D
    28th Jun 2017
    2:49pm
    Do you think that was God's will?
    chrissie
    28th Jun 2017
    3:00pm
    I am a scientist, although now retired. If I can't see it, whatever it is, how can I believe in it?
    God is a myth and millions have been made from the biggest fairy story ever.
    MB100D
    28th Jun 2017
    4:23pm
    And millions have been lost and millions of lives destroyed by the self righteous religious bigots.
    Kathleen
    28th Jun 2017
    3:06pm
    Although I am convinced that God does not exist but global warming is real I do support the rights of others to choose to believe. Tolerance is more important than who is right or wrong. As long as no harm is done people can believe what they wish.
    ex PS
    3rd Jul 2017
    9:19am
    I have often found that those proporting to be religious are the most intolerant when it comes to alternative beliefs.
    I believe in spiritualism, in other words the existence of a higher power, but religion is man made and is often nothing to do with making humanity better.
    Huskie
    28th Jun 2017
    5:44pm
    Let's get away from the "God" thing. Older Australians need to realise and action the fact that they are a very, very significant voting block and are able to create their own future politically rather than accept the platitudes given by the existing political parties of whatever ilk!
    Triss
    28th Jun 2017
    10:28pm
    You're dead right, Huskie. Unfortunately there are many that haven't cottoned on to that yet and blythely vote for the major parties because "they've always voted that way" or they still believe that voting any other way is wasting their vote.
    Tib
    28th Jun 2017
    8:30pm
    So baby boomers have enormous voting power, and Malcolm keeps screwing with our pensions and generally behaving badly. Not very smart is he. All things come to those who wait. Will they reject my vote if I put a smiley face on it. ????
    Triss
    28th Jun 2017
    10:31pm
    If they can they'll misplace all our votes, Tib. It always baffles me that a big chunk of postal votes come in way after polling day and rearranges the previous finishing order.
    KSS
    29th Jun 2017
    12:43pm
    That's because they are delivered by Australia Post Triss and as we all know it can take upwards of 2 weeks for them to deliver from one suburb to the next 20km down the road.
    ex PS
    3rd Jul 2017
    9:24am
    What M.T needs to realize is that it does not matter how rich his supporter base is, they still only get one vote. He and his cronies have proven that they are only interested in looking after their rich mates and the common voter has finally seen them for what they are. I don't care who people vote for, they just have to not put one vote to the LNP, a vote for them is tantamount to financial suicide for Retirees.
    Frankly
    3rd Jul 2017
    10:26am
    The high migrant intake we currently have, around 200,000 per year, will somehow offset the aging population. The government needs to sell this to us better, as many people don't like the high migration rates into Australia.


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