Policy Implications of the Ageing of Australia's Population Conference

Conference Proceedings

Policy Implications of the Ageing of Australia's Population Conference were released on 10 August 1999. The proceedings are from the conference convened by the Productivity Commission and the Melbourne Institute of Applied Economic and Social Research on the 'Policy Implications of the Ageing of Australia's Population', held on the 18th and 19th of March, 1999.

The conference explored the policy implications of the ageing of the Australian population across a broad range of topics, including its effects on economic growth, distribution of government revenue and expenditure in the long run, superannuation, health, the provision of long term care and housing arrangements and the like. Around 70 individuals participated from both Australia and overseas and from a range of backgrounds - including from government, academia and industry.

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CONTENTS

Preliminaries
Cover, Copyright, Foreword, Contents, Abbreviations

Part I   INTRODUCTION

Paper 1   Introduction
Gary Banks

Part II   THE BIG PICTURE

Paper 2   Ageing in the twenty-first century: implications for public policy
Paul Johnson

Paper 3   Demographic change and Australian economic growth to 2020
Steve Dowrick

Paper 4   Ageing: the social and demographic dimensions
Peter McDonald and Rebecca Kippen

Discussion
General discussion

Part III   MODELLING THE ECONOMIC IMPACT OF AGEING

Paper 5   Ageing in Australia: some modelling results and research issues
Bruce Bacon

Paper 6   The effect of later retirement on optimal national saving in Australia
Ross Guest and Ian McDonald

Discussion
Discussants:   Vince FitzGerald, Chris Foster
General discussion

Part IV   AGEING AND RETIREMENT INCOMES

Paper 7   Australia's retirement income system: an example of sustainable cost-effective coverage
Qaiser Khan

Paper 8   Work incentives and retirement incomes
Richard Disney, Alan Duncan and Edward Whitehouse

Paper 9   Income support, retirement incomes and the living standards of older people in Australia: trends and comparisons
Peter Whiteford and Kim Bond

Discussion
Discussants:   Mark Wooden, Denys Correll
General discussion

Part V   AGEING AND SOCIAL EXPENDITURE

Paper 10   Population ageing and the growth of social expenditure
John Creedy

Discussion
Discussant:   Ann Harding

Part VI   AGEING AND DEPENDENCE AND INDEPENDENCE: THE ROLE OF FAMILIES, INDIVIDUALS AND GOVERNMENT

Paper 11   Ageing and the balance of responsibilities between the various providers of child and aged care: shaping policies for the future
Michael Fine

Paper 12   Policies governing aged and child care
Lynelle Briggs

Discussion
Discussants:   Ilene Wolcott, Mandy Leveratt
General discussion

Part VII   AGEING AND HEALTH AND FAMILY SERVICES

Paper 13   Ageing and the cost of health services
Jeff Richardson and Iain Robertson

Paper 14   Strengthening the financing of aged care in Australia
Anna Howe and Hugh Sarjeant

Discussion
Discussants:   Maureen Lyster, Bob Gregory
General discussion

Part VIII   AGEING AND EDUCATION AND HOUSING AND TRANSPORT

Paper 15   The implications of ageing for education policy
Penny Taylor, Patrick Laplagne and Craig de Laine

Paper 16   Housing implications of population ageing in Australia
Hal Kendig and Max Neutze

Paper 17   The implications of ageing for transport and accessibility
Pat Troy

Discussion
Discussants:   Gerald Burke, Fiona McKenzie
General discussion

Part IX   APPENDICES

A   List of participants

B   Conference background paper

C   Suggestions for further research