Older people make up a considerable proportion of Australia’s population – at 30 June 2020, over 1 in 6 people were aged 65 and over. The report details the demographic profile of older Australians, and adopts a person-centred model to report on their health and wellbeing across key domains. Feature articles further explore aspects of health and wellbeing for particular populations of older Australians. The report also identifies opportunities to address data gaps in our understanding of older Australians' experiences.
Older Australians was released 30 November 2021 and following sections were updated with more recent data (see Notes section): Health – status and functioning (last updated 7 July 2022) and Aged care (last updated 28 June 2023).
- Cat. no: AGE 87
- DOI: 10.25816/5ec5bda5ed178
At 30 June 2020, 1 in 6 Australians were aged 65 and over
In 2018–19, the average retirement age was 55 years, while the average intended retirement age was 66 years
In 2016, over 1 in 3 older people were born overseas; the most common regions of birth were Europe and South-East Asia
In 2016–18, Australian men aged 65 could expect to live another 20 years and women another 23 years