Friday, August 21, 2009

Who is caring for our kids?

If you have ever wondered how many of Australia’s children receive formal or informal child care, or you are curious about what this care might cost, then look no further! The answers you seek are just one click away...

Childhood Education and Care, Australia’ 2008 (cat. no 4402.0) provides information on the various forms of child care available within Australia. The publication includes estimates on the types of child care being accessed by Australian children between the ages of 0-12 including: the hours they attend; the costs involved; the use of child care benefits; and parental employment and income characteristics.

Also included in this publication for the first time ever are estimates on early childhood education and learning, such as: patterns of attendance at pre-school and school; the types of learning activities that children aged 0-8 participate in; and the environments in which these activities take place.

This is a valuable resource for anyone interested in finding out more about the demand and supply of child care services within Australia. It may also help shed light on some of the issues facing modern day Australian parents.

Included below are some related ABS publications which may also be of interest to you...
· Household and Family Projections, Australia, 1996-2021 (cat. no. 3236.0)
· Children Australia: A Social Report, 2002 (cat. no. 4119.0)
· Family Characteristics and Transitions, Australia. June 2006-07. (cat. no. 4442.0)

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Up in smoke

Most people are aware of the detrimental effects that smoking can have on the health and well-being of an individual, but did you know that tobacco smoking is a particularly important issue for Australia’s Indigenous community?

To find out more check out Tobacco Smoking in the Aboriginal and Torres Straight Islander Population 2004-05 (cat. no 4724.0.55.002). This flyer is an excellent resource for those wanting to know more about the prevalence of tobacco smoking amongst Indigenous Australian adults aged 18 years and over, and is an excellent way of finding out how this group are fairing in relation to the non-Indigenous population.

The flyer also includes some useful information on other risk factors associated with tobacco smoking including risky drinking and poor diet.

This is a quick and easy read packed full of information.