FACTBase Bulletin 56 - Sizing Ageing in Western Australia

This Bulletin has been prepared as part of the Committee for Perth’s Bigger & Better Beyond the Boom project. The Bulletin provides an overview of ageing in Australia, Western Australia (WA) and the Perth and Peel regions. Specifically, it outlines the age structure of the population, ageing trends, and the impact that this is having on the ratio of the working population to dependent population (dependency ratio) and working population to the population over 65 (older dependency ratio). It also considers the geography of ageing in Perth and Peel.

The Bulletin articulates the broad, predicted impacts of ageing on the economy, including the workforce, public spending and society. It also provides an overview of strategies identified in recent published literature to address potential negative impacts and take advantage of opportunities associated with longer life expectancy.

Acknowledgement of Country

The Committee For Perth acknowledges the traditional custodians throughout Western Australia and their continuing connection to the land, waters and community. We pay our respects to all members of the Aboriginal communities and their cultures; and to Elders both past and present.