Australian social trends, March 2012
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Life on 'Struggle Street': Australians in low economic resource households
This article looks at the characteristics of people in households with both relatively low income and relatively low wealth.
Life after Homelessness
This article presents a comparison of people who have been homeless in the last 10 years with those who have never been homeless.
Love Me Do
This article examines the trends in marriage, de facto relationships and divorce over the last twenty years.
Disability and Work
This article looks at the characteristics of working-age people with disability and their involvement in the labour force.
The selection of articles aims to address current and perennial social concerns and to provide answers to key social questions. Some topics are revised as new data becomes available. The aim of this approach is for each report to remain responsive to contemporary concerns, while accumulating a more comprehensive picture of Australian social conditions over time. For this reason, articles often include cross references to other relevant articles in the current issue, and in previous issues. All Australian Social Trends articles are available via the 'Article archive' page.
Australian Social Trends is structured according to the ABS Wellbeing Framework which identifies areas of social concern, population groups and transactions among people and entities within their social environments (see ABS Measuring Wellbeing: Frameworks for Australian Social Statistics, 2001 - cat. no. 4160.0). The broad areas of social concern are:
- family and community
- education and training
- economic resources
- crime and justice
- culture and leisure
- other areas - including environment, religion, and transport and communication.