Older people make up a considerable proportion of Australia’s population—in 2017, over 1 in 7 people were aged 65 and over. This report provides an overview of this diverse and growing population group through a range of topics. These outline older people’s demographic characteristics, health status, and service use.

Findings from this report:
  • In 2017, over 1 in 7 Australians were aged 65 years and over

  • In 2016, 1 in 3 older people were born overseas; the majority of these were born in a non-English speaking country

  • In 2014–16, Australian men aged 65 could expect to live another 20 years and women another 22 years

  • In 2016, 1 in 8 older people were engaged in employment, education or training