Trends and Insights- 23 October 2017

23-Oct-2017 4:54 PM

23 October 2017

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What we study, what jobs we do, how we get to work - new Census data out later today

New Census insights into occupation and employment, education, interstate migration, and how people travel to work will be this morning on the ABS Census website. Find out what the most popular occupations are, what level of education we're achieving, whether we take the car or bus to work, employment trends and much more.

From 10.30am head to the ABS Media Centre for all the media releases, and check out our Facebook, Twitter and Instagram profiles for colourful examples of the data in action. We also have audio and video grabs available for media after release time.

The ABS is holding free Census Data Seminar in Canberra on 24 October which will also be live streamed with an interactive chat function, so no one needs to miss out on the latest Census data. An Auslan interpreter and closed captions will also be available at the event and on the webcast.  Find out more.

Life expectancy at birth higher for baby girls than boys 

A baby girl born in Australia can expect to live 4.2 years longer than a baby boy, according to latest life expectancy data.

In 2016, life expectancy at birth for baby girls was 84.6 years, compared with 80.4 years for baby boys. Across all states and territories, baby girls can expect to live longer than baby boys.
The ACT recorded the highest life expectancy at birth for baby girls (85.2 years), followed by Western Australia (84.8 years), Victoria (84.7 years), New South Wales (84.6 years), Queensland and South Australia (both 84.5 years) and Tasmania (82.9 years). 

The ACT also recorded the highest life expectancy at birth for baby boys (81.3 years), followed by Victoria (81.2 years), New South Wales and South Australia (both 80.4 years), Western Australia (80.3 years), Queensland (80.1 years) and Tasmania (78.8 years). The Northern Territory had the lowest life expectancy for both baby girls (78.7 years) and boys (75.6).   
For more life expectancy data visit our website.

An expert on the life expectancy statistics is available to discuss this data

Find employment data for your area as the ABS explains Labour Force concepts 

Labour Force Explained - to be released on Thursday - will detail the ins and outs of employment data released monthly in national and regional instalments. Table 16B in the downloads of Thursday’s Labour Force Detailed release will be helpful to all journalists looking for the figures in their region. In the meantime, to see the latest national figures visit our website

A Labour Force expert is available for interview

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander smoking rates fall 

Smoking is a major contributor to the diseases and conditions that account for the life expectancy gap Australia needs to close. 

The proportion of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples aged 18 years and over who smoke tobacco decreased significantly from 55 per cent to 45 per cent during the 20-year period from 1994 to 2014–15, according to new research undertaken by the ABS in partnership with the Menzies School of Health Research. For non-Indigenous people, the rates fell from 24 per cent in 1995 to 16 per cent in 2014-15. For further information, visit our website

An ABS spokesperson is available to discuss this data 

It's Movember in November when the focus is on men's health. Some snapshot facts include:
General health: over half (54.8 per cent) of  males aged 15 years and over rate their health as being excellent or very good. 
Cancer: 2.3 per cent of all males aged 18 years and over reported having malignant neoplasms (cancer), skin cancer (0.8 per cent), and other cancer (1.5 per cent).  51 percent of those who reported they had been told by a doctor or nurse they had cancer, and that it was current and long-term were currently receiving treatment for cancer. 
Drugs and alcohol: 1.5 per cent of males aged 18 years and over reported having alcohol and drug problems with the 35 - 44 age group (2.3 per cent) reporting the highest proportion of males with alcohol and drug problems. 
Mental health: 9.9 per cent of males aged 18 years and over reported high/very high distress levels. The highest proportion of males who reported high/very high distress levels were the 18-24 age group (11.1 mental health per cent) with the 85 years and over age group (7.1 per cent) reporting the lowest proportion.
Click the download tab for detailed data from the latest ABS National Health Survey (2014-15). 
An ABS spokesperson is available to discuss this data 

Where are Australia's small businesses? 

Small businesses with 1-4 employees made up 28 per cent of all actively trading businesses in Australia in June 2016, with this proportion varying around Australia's regions from 8 per cent up to 44 per cent. 

The region with the highest proportion small businesses was Higgins, in north-west Canberra, with 44 per cent of all businesses having 1-4 employees. Of the 108 small businesses in this region 43 per cent were in the Construction industry, 13 per cent were Professional, Scientific and Technical Services and 9 per cent were Transport, Postal and Warehousing.

Where can journos get details about business stats in their region?

An ABS regional statistics spokesperson is available to discuss this data

Children's Week 21 - 29 October 

Children’s Week is a national celebration of children’s rights, talents and citizenship and highlights the plight of millions of children around the world who don’t have access to the basic necessities of a happy childhood such as health and education. ABS data shows that almost 9 out of 10 four-year-olds and 2 in 10 five-year-olds were enrolled in a preschool program in 2016. 

An ABS spokesperson is available to discuss this data

Don’t delay. Return your Marriage Law Postal Survey today 

The Australian Marriage Law Postal Survey is closing soon. This is your chance to have your say on whether Australian law should be changed to allow same sex couples to marry. Just answer "yes" or "no" on the form, put it in the Reply Paid envelope and mail it back to the ABS (or complete your form online if you have a Secure Access Code) before 27 October to make sure it counts. Survey responses received after 6pm (local time) on 7 November will not be counted.  

Coming your way

The ABS has releases coming up on Housing Finance (Thursday 12th October), Overseas Arrivals and Departures (Monday 16th October) and Labour Force (Thursday 19th October). The ABS welcomes interview requests on all these topics so you can find your own angle and relevant story. 

Find out more at the ABS Release Calendar.

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