What's new in Statistics . . . December

This month: life expectancy in Australia, the effects of Covid-19 on work internationally and families and their concerns about finances.

Statistics releases in December 2021

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, September 2021 1 Dec
AIHW Cancer in Australia, 2021 1 Dec
ABS Assets and Liabilities of Australian Securitisers, September 2021 2 Dec
ABS International Trade in Goods and Services, October 2021 2 Dec
ABS Lending Indicators, October 2021 2 Dec
ABS Managed Funds, September 2021 2 Dec
ABS Industrial Disputes, September 2021 2 Dec
AIHW Adoptions Australia, 2020–21 3 Dec
ANZ Job Advertisements, November 2021 6 Dec
ABS Building Approvals, October 2021 7 Dec
ABS Sexual Harassment, December 2021 (New) 7 Dec
ABS Residential Property Price Indexes: Eight Capital Cities, September 2021 7 Dec
AIHW Specialist homelessness services annual report, 2020–21 7 Dec
ABS Births, 2020 8 Dec
ABS National Study of Mental Health and Wellbeing, 2020–21 8 Dec
ABS Labour Account Australia, September 2021 8 Dec
AIHW Life and work experiences of Australians with chronic conditions 8 Dec
ABS Prisoners in Australia, 2021 9 Dec
ABS Weekly Payroll Jobs and Wages in Australia, Week ending 13 November 2021 9 Dec
ABS Monthly Business Turnover Indicator, October 2021 10 Dec
ABS Australian National Accounts: Tourism Satellite Account, 2020–21 10 Dec
ABS Pandemic insights into Australian smokers (New) 10 Dec
NCVER VET student outcomes, 2021 13 Dec
ABS Working arrangements, August 2021 14 Dec
AIHW Family, domestic and sexual violence data in Australia 16 Dec
ABS Counts of Australian Businesses, including Entries and Exits, 2017–21 16 Dec
ABS Personal Income in Australia, 2014–15 to 2018–19 17 Dec
ABS Overseas Migration, 2020–21 (New) 17 Dec
ABS Provisional Mortality Statistics, January 2020–October 2021 22 Dec
ABS National, state and territory population, June 2021 16 Dec
ABS Tourism Satellite Accounts: quarterly tourism labour statistics, Australia, experimental estimates, September 2021 22 Dec
ABS Weekly Payroll Jobs and Wages in Australia, Interim, Week ending 27 November 2021 22 Dec
ABS Labour Force, Detailed, November 2021 23 Dec
RBA Housing Lending Rates, October 2021 31 Dec

Please contact the Library if you would like to see further information on any of these releases. Note: Release dates may be subject to change without notice.

What’s new

COVID-19 and the world of work (International Labour Organization)

Did you know . . .                                              

  • In the third quarter of 2021, total hours worked in high-income countries was 3.6% lower than the fourth quarter of 2019. By contrast, the gap in low-income countries stood at 5.7% and in lower-middle income countries, at ­7.3%.
  • Progress in vaccination has emerged as a critical factor for labour market recovery. In early October 2021, the share of fully vaccinated people globally reached 34.5%, however, there are considerable differences between high-income (59.8%) and low-income countries (1.6%). Higher vaccination rates are associated with less stringent workplace restrictions.

Families’ concerns about finances (Australian Institute of Family Studies)

Did you know . . .                                             

  • This snapshot reports on families’ experiences of financial concerns and stresses between May–June 2021, as captured in the third Families in Australia Survey. One in six Families in Australia respondents were very concerned about their family’s current financial situation and one in five were very concerned about their future financial situation.
  • Families who rent were more likely to say they were very concerned about their family’s financial situation (26% for current and 36% for future financial situations) than those who had a mortgage (10% for current and 15% for future financial situations) and those who owned their home outright (6% for current and 10% for future financial situations).

Statistics of the month

Life expectancy, 2018–20 (ABS)

  • Life expectancy in Australia continues to rise, with a baby boy expected to live to 81.2 years and a girl to 85.3 years, according to the latest figures released from the Australian Bureau of Statistics.
  • The Australian Capital Territory recorded the highest male and female life expectancy (82.1 years and 85.9 years). The Northern Territory recorded the lowest life expectancy for both males (76.2 years) and females (81.0 years). Despite this, male and female life expectancies in the Northern Territory showed the largest gains of all the states and territories over the last 30 years (9.9 years and 8.7 years).
  • Over the past decade, life expectancy for males increased by 1.7 years and females by 1.3 years.
  • In 1990, life expectancy at birth in Australia was 73.9 years for males and 80.1 years for females, a gap of 6.2 years. The gap has now narrowed to 4.1 years in 2018–20.

Chart 1: life expectancy at birth by sex, Australia, 1901–1910 to 2018–2020


Source: ABS, Life tables 2018–20, (Canberra, 2021); ABS, Historical population, (Canberra, 2019), Life expectancy, Table 6.1

  • Australians have a higher life expectancy (83.4) than comparable countries such as New Zealand (82.1), the United Kingdom (81.2) and the USA (78.8) and lower life expectancy than Japan (84.6), Switzerland (83.8) and Singapore (83.6).
  • For the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander population born in 2015–2017, life expectancy was estimated to be 8.6 years lower than that of the non-Indigenous population for males (71.6 years compared with 80.2) and 7.8 years for females (75.6 years compared with 83.4).

Article of interest: ABS, Life Tables for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians, 2015–17


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