AGEING

AGEING

Background
It is vital to recognise that: a) Our gradual ageing does not necessarily lead to lower workforce participation or higher welfare burdens, and therefore does not justify policies to produce higher immigration or a higher fertility rate(1); and (b) Immigration and a higher fertility rate have, at best, a small and temporary impact on the age structure of the population.(2)

Policy
Australia should continue to aspire to be a gradually ageing population, and celebrate this increasing life expectancy as a sign of a successful and sustainable society.

Policy Methods (Federal and State)
To help achieve this Australia should:

  • Better facilitate and celebrate the unpaid community contributions of all citizens, particularly older citizens, who make a significant contribution to national wealth and wellbeing.
  • Develop better quality aged, community and home care facilities and standards.

Footnotes:

  1. See ‘The tenuous link between population and prosperity’ in 'The Conversation': CLICK HERE
    See 'Grattan Institute: ageing population 'will not cause collapse of health system': CLICK HERE
  2. The Productivity Commission has stated clearly that immigration cannot make any significant or lasting impact on population ageing: “Substantial increases in the level of migration would have only modest effects on population ageing and the impacts would be temporary, since immigrants themselves age.”

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