Understanding the economic and social composition of older Western Australians from culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) backgrounds is essential for informed strategic planning within all levels of government. Moreover, it is necessary to understand the challenges and barriers that face this group to determine what services and supports are required from health, social services and aged care providers to meet diverse needs. For people who have left their countries of origin to settle in Australia it is important that they experience equitable access to, and outcomes from services, which in turn will assist them in navigating the challenges associated with getting older. The paradigm is clear: the nature of contemporary Australian society is changing as the mid-20th century overseas migration program yields an older population cohort, due in part to the longevity boom.
This report provides a review and analysis of the demographic, social and economic data for older Western Australians from CALD backgrounds and identifies the major trends and issues for these people drawing on Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) Census data from 2006 to 2016, with a close examination of the Western Australian population groups within local government areas. It also provides a contemporary policy view of areas that impact the health and wellbeing of older people on the national, state and local fronts.