Summary

In 2017, approximately 3.8 million people (15% of Australia’s total population) were aged 65 and over.

This report focuses on older Australians—generally those aged 65 and over, unless otherwise specified. For older Indigenous Australians, the age range 50 and over is used, reflecting the life expectancy gap between Indigenous and non‑Indigenous Australians and the lower proportion of Indigenous people aged 65 and over.

Older Australians are a diverse group, with different ages and socioeconomic backgrounds and different life experiences and lifestyles. These factors all influence the ageing process.

This new release provides insights into this group of older Australians: who they are, how they are changing, how healthy they are and the services they are using. It comprises a rolling series of web-based snapshots that provide key statistics on a variety of topics. These snapshots are topic focused, and will be updated over time. Given the diversity of content, we have used a mix of data sources. Hence, the date range available for reporting varies for the information presented for each topic.