What’s new in statistics . . . October

This month: young people in Australia, dementia, and Covid-19 in the first year.

Statistics releases in October

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 Lending Indicators, August 2021 1 Oct
AIHW Breast Screen Australia monitoring report 2021 1 Oct
ABS International Trade in Goods and Services, August 2021 5 Oct
ANZ Job Advertisements, September 2021 5 Oct
ABS Census of Population and Housing: Census Dictionary, 2021 7 Oct
ABS Weekly Payroll Jobs and Wages in Australia, Week ending 11 Sept 2021 7 Oct
AIHW Australian Burden of Disease Study 2018: key findings for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people 7 Oct
AIHW Diabetes technology in Australia: scoping report 8 Oct
ABS Labour Force Status of Families, June 2021 11 Oct
ABS Overseas Arrivals and Departures, August 2021 13 Oct
ABS Building Activity, June 2021 13 Oct
ABS Labour Force, September 2021 14 Oct
AIHW Suicide & self–harm monitoring - Ambulance attendances update and socioeconomic factors and deaths by suicide 15 Oct
NVCER Apprentices and trainees, March Quarter 2021 18 Oct
ABS Water Account, 2019–20 20 Oct
AIHW GEN: Dashboard – 2020 Aged Care Workforce Census 20 Oct
ABS Labour Force, Australia, Detailed, September 2021 21 Oct
AIHW Use of emergency departments for lower urgency care: 2015–16 to 2020-21 21 Oct
AIHW Potentially preventable hospitalisations in Australia by small geographic areas, 2019–20 21 Oct
AIHW Short-term health impacts of the 2019–20 Australian bushfires 22 Oct
NVCER Government-funded students and courses: January to June 2021
Survey of employers' use and views 2021
25 Oct
ABS Jobs in Australia, 2014–15 to 2018–19 26 Oct
ABS Consumer Price Index, September 2021 27 Oct
AIHW Maternity care in Australia: first national report on models of care, 2021 27 Oct
ABS Regional internal migration estimates, provisional, June 2021 28 Oct
ABS International Trade Price Indexes, September 2021 28 Oct
ABS Australian System of National Accounts, 2020–21 29 Oct
ABS Australian National Accounts: Supply Use Tables, 2019–20 29 Oct
ABS Producer Price Indexes, September 2021 29 Oct
ABS Retail Trade, September 2021 29 Oct

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

What’s new

Dementia (AIHW)

Did you know . . .

  • The exact number of people with dementia in Australia is currently not known. It is estimated that in 2020 there were between 400,000 and 459,000 Australians with dementia, with Alzheimer’s disease accounting for up to 70% of diagnosed cases.
  • Of the 858 people who died due to COVID-19 in the first 10 months of 2020, 30% also had dementia (140 women and 117 men).

Article of interest:

The first years of COVID-19 in Australia: direct and indirect health effects (AIHW)

Did you know . . . in 2020:

  • During 2020, 7% of all COVID-19 cases in Australia and 75% of all deaths were in people living in residential aged care facilities.

  • Up to early July 2020, it was estimated that health care workers in Australia were 2.7 times more likely to contract COVID-19 than the general community.
  • There were almost four times as many deaths due to COVID-19 for people living in the lowest socioeconomic group compared with the highest socioeconomic group, and age-standardised mortality rates were 2.6 times higher.

Articles of interest:

Statistics of the month

Mission Australia: Youth Survey, 2020

The Mission Australia Youth Survey is the largest annual survey of young Australians of its kind. In 2020 a total of 25,800 young people between the ages of 15 and 19 responded to the survey. In summary:

What issues are of personal concern to young people?
  • Coping with stress was the top issue of concern, with more than four in 10 (42.5%) respondents indicating they were extremely or very concerned about this issue
  • Around one third of respondents were extremely or very concerned about mental health (33.9%), body image (33.0%) and school or study problems (32.4%)
  • Close to one quarter (24.3%) of respondents were extremely or very concerned about physical health.
What issues do young people think are the most important in Australia today?
  • Four in 10 young people cited equity and discrimination (40.2%, increasing from 24.8% in 2019) and COVID-19 (38.8%) as important issues in Australia today
  • Three in 10 (30.6%) young people cited mental health as a national issue, down from 36.2% in 2019
  • 29.8% were concerned about the environment, a decrease since 2019 (34.2%).

Chart 1: issues that young people think are the most important in Australia today

Chart 1 bar graph showing issues that young people think are the most important in Australia today

How stressed are young people?

For the first time in 2020, young people were asked to report on how much of the time they felt stressed in the past four weeks. Responses were rated on a five-point scale that ranged from all of the time to none of the time.

  • Four in 10 (42.6%) young people felt stressed either all of the time or most of the time
  • 53.9% of female respondents felt stressed all of the time or most of the time compared to with 26.8% of males
  • 28.7% of males felt stressed a little of the time or none of the time compared with 15.2% of females.

Interested in finding out what the latest statistics are telling us about the Australian economy and population?

Each month the Parliamentary Library will publish a Flag Post listing new reports on a wide variety of topics. The list will include important upcoming releases from the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) as well as other research organisations and government departments.


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