Recent and impending demographic change in Australia: Implications for households, family and housing

Recent and impending demographic change in Australia: Implications for households, family and housing

Graeme Hugo

In this seminar, Professor Hugo summarised contemporary trends in the size, composition, and distribution of the Australian population.

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This event was held on Thursday 15 May 2014.

Most demographic change occurs incrementally and gradually compared to economic and policy shifts, which can have sudden impacts on the structure and functioning of families and households. This presentation argues that contemporary demographic shifts occurring in Australia have important implications for households and families. Yet there is neglect of the demography of the family in the analysis of change in the Australian population.

This seminar summarises contemporary and likely impending trends in the size, composition, and distribution of the Australian population, and draws out their implications for future family and household formation. The presentation examines changes in population growth, age structure and the propensity to form households. The relative influence of the three components is calculated for the last 10 years and the forces shaping them discussed. Attention is then paid to the next decade and the likely scenarios of change in population numbers, age structure and age specific household formation rates canvassed. What those trends will mean for the overall numbers of households and some of the implications of these changes will be discussed.