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Rafal Chomik and Mary MacLennan
January 2014

For a proportion of people, a long life comes with chronic illnesses, disability, or physical or cognitive decline. Population ageing means more people will require care and support. Much of it will be provided informally by family, but increasingly it will take the shape of formal aged care. This is the first of two research briefs on aged care in Australia. This research brief introduces the policy setting and looks at the demand and funding of formal and informal care.

 
Rafal Chomik and Mary MacLennan
January 2014

Population ageing is likely to result in more people requiring care. Australia's aged care system is the set of public, private and community institutions that offer care interventions to older people suffering chronic illnesses, disability, or physical and cognitive decline. It is also the subject of an evolving reform agenda, so a wide understanding of how it operates is critical.

This brief looks at aged care by describing care recipients, providers, the workforce and access and quality issues.

 
Rafal Chomik, John Piggott and Bei Lu
August 2013

New ways of thinking about retirement and employment: Trends, barriers, and policy options.

This brief is a translation of the Mature-age Labour Force Participation Research Brief which can be downloaded here.

 
Rafal Chomik and John Piggott
May 2013

While Asia's population is expected to increase by one billion people in the next thirty years, the significant demographic story is the change in its age structure

 
Rafal Chomik
May 2013

Asia's general reliance on defined benefit schemes could potentially lead to unfunded liabilities similar to those experienced in some countries in Europe, once the tipping point is reached.

Some segments of the population lack meaningful pensions, a feature of many developing economies in the region, which means the whole system of retirement income in Asia needs urgent attention.

 
Rafal Chomik
May 2013

With total health spending in the region worth over a trillion dollars in 2010 and demand for healthcare continuing to grow, Asian governments will have a tremendous challenge meeting and funding this demand.  

 
Rafal Chomik and John Piggott
2012

The fiscal challenges of population ageing can be tackled in a number of ways. These include investing in capital and productivity of the smaller workforce, greater saving for retirement, higher migration, an active population policy, reducing benefits for the old, and/or encouraging and enabling them to work longer. This briefing focuses on the latter. It presents historical and international precedents for higher mature-age labour force participation rates in Australia, summarising available data as well as looking at the public policy response so far and the potential for further intervention.