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The changing face of Australia

The Melbourne Newsroom    |     16 June 2014

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Australia’s largest household survey – The Household, Income and Labour Dynamics in Australia (HILDA) Survey, produced by the University of Melbourne – has revealed that retirees are dependent on government benefits (but the proportion is declining), men are doing dramatically less housework than women and that ‘female breadwinners’ are on the rise.
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Since 2001, the same group of roughly 17,000 Australians has been interviewed annually to create a ‘moving picture’ of how their lives are changing.

The latest HILDA Survey report contains findings on:

Weight gain

Married Australian men tend to be more overweight than single blokes, although age remains the largest factor determining weight gain.

Household labour

Australian women are still doing dramatically more housework than their boyfriends and husbands. Both mums and dads, however, continue to be the nation’s unheralded “economic powerhouses”.

Female earnings

Australia has experienced a slight rise in the proportion of married couples where the female out earns the man.

Government handouts

Australians are working longer and becoming less dependent on government handouts when they retire, but these benefits remain the major source of income for retirees.

 

See
The Household, Income and Labour Dynamics in Australia  Survey

 

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