What’s new in statistics . . .

This month: serving and ex-serving Australian Defence Force members, migration movements and philanthropic and charitable donations.

Statistics releases in September

If you are interested in any of the forthcoming releases or datasets, please contact the Parliamentary Library to discuss in more detail.

Statistical reports Release date
ABS, Australian National Accounts: National Income, Expenditure and Product, June 2021 1-Sep
AIHW, The first year of COVID-19 in Australia: direct and indirect health effects 2-Sep
ABS, International Trade in Goods and Services, July 2021 2-Sep
ABS, Lending Indicators, July 2021 2-Sep
ABS, Industrial Disputes, June 2021 2-Sep
ABS, Retail Trade, July 2021 3-Sep
ABS, Research and Experimental Development, Businesses, 2019-20 3-Sep
ABS, Labour Account, June 2021 8-Sep
ABS, Weekly Payroll Jobs and Wages in Australia, week ending 14 August 2021 9-Sep
ABS, Overseas Arrivals and Departures, July 2021 14-Sep
ABS, Residential Property Price Indexes: Eight Capital Cities, June 2021 14-Sep
ABS, National, State and Territory Population, March 2021 16-Sep
ABS, Corrective Services, June Quarter 2021 16-Sep
ABS, Labour Force, August 2021 16-Sep
AIHW, Australia’s Welfare, 2021 16-Sep
ABS, Tourism Satellite Accounts: quarterly tourism labour statistics, Australia, experimental estimates, June 2021 17-Sep
AIHW, Dementia in Australia 20-Sep
NVCER, Government Funding of VET, 2020 20-Sep
ABS, Australian National Accounts: Finance and Wealth, June 2021 23-Sep
AIHW, Dashboard—2020 Aged Care Workforce Census 28-Sep
ABS, Deaths, 2020 29-Sep
ABS, Causes of Death, 2020 29-Sep
ABS, Engineering Construction Activity, June 2021 29-Sep
AIHW, Heart, Stroke and Vascular Disease 29-Sep
ABS, Job Vacancies, August 2021 30-Sep
ABS, Building Approvals, August 2021 30-Sep
ANZ,  Australian Job Advertisements, July 2021 30-Sep

Note: Release dates may be subject to change without notice.

What’s new

Migration, Australia (ABS)

Did you know . . .

For the year ending 30 June 2020:

  • There were over 7.6 million migrants living in Australia, representing 29.8% of Australia's population.
  • Those born in England (980,400) continued to be the largest group of overseas-born living in Australia, with Indian-born in second place (721,000) and Chinese-born in third place (650,600).

According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics, there were a record 99,000 Australian citizens returning after living overseas in 2019-20, the greatest number of returns ever recorded. In the same year, over 61,000 Australians emigrated, a decline of 29 per cent from one year earlier. These changes likely reflect impacts from COVID-19.

Philanthropic and charitable donations (AIHW)

Did you know . . .

  • In December 2020 there were approximately 58,600 registered charities in Australia.
  • In 2018–19 the total amount claimed by individual taxpayers for donations to charity was $3.9 billion. The proportion of all individual taxpayers claiming a donation was 29%.
  • Over half (52%) of those earning over $250,000 made a tax-deductible donation. For those earning $25,000 to $250,000, 35% donated, and for those earning less than $25,000, 9.4% made a donation.

Statistics of the month

Serving and ex-serving Australian Defence Force members who have served since 1985: population characteristics 2019 (AIHW)

According to the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW), this report describes the demographic and service-related characteristics of the ex-serving population. It is part of a larger project to establish a study population that is more representative of the entire veteran population. It establishes a study population of members who served in the ADF between 1985 and 2019 by using data from historical ADF personnel systems.

As of 31 December 2019, almost 373,500 Australians had served at least one day in the Australian Defence Force (ADF) since 1 January 1985. Of these, just over 358,000 were still alive of which 59,000 were permanent, 38,700 reserve and nearly 261,000 ex-serving.

Permanent and reserve members as of 31 December 2019:

  • The median age for permanent members was 31 and for reserve members was 37.
  • The number of permanent members has remained reasonably constant at around 59,000 since 2010.
  • The number of reserve members fluctuated year to year from around 36,400 in 2002 to 44,200 in 2008 where it remained until 2015 before dropping to 36,800 in 2016. In 2019, there were around 38,700 members in the reserve.

Ex-serving members as of 31 December 2019:

  • The number of ex-serving members with at least one day of service since 1985 was approximately 261,000 in 2019.
  • The majority were male (84%).
  • The majority were aged 40 years and over (79%).
  • Consistent with the distribution of members across the three Services during active service, the majority (68%) had separated from the Army. Similar proportions had separated from the Navy and Air Force at 16% each.
  • The average length of service was 10 years with more than one quarter (28%) having between 1 and 5 years of service, while 1 in 5 (20%) had served over 20 years.
  • The most common reason for leaving the ADF was voluntary separation (45%).
  • The average time since separation was nearly 19 years.

Articles of interest:

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