Every five years the national census gives us insight into how our country is changing and, as a result, a better idea about what we can expect for the future. While the results might not always look too out of the ordinary, some of those changes can have either a direct or indirect impact on our lives (and eventual deaths). As life in Australia continues to experience dynamic changes, we mapped out the top three findings that could impact end of life in 2022.
1. Australians are increasingly less religious
One of the biggest takes from the recent census is that more people are identifying as non-religious. We’ve seen a growing number of people with secular beliefs contrasted with a slow decline of Australia’s most prevalent religion, with less than half the population identifying as Christian. The decline in religion could impact how we look at death and dying. Instead of opting for more traditional funerals associated with religious services, we could see a continued shift toward cremation and personalised memorials.
2. Millennials catching up with boomers
An interesting observation from the census found that millennials and boomers both respectively made up 21.5% of the population – not that it’s a competition. Battle of the boomers and millennials aside, it’s a smart idea for the younger generation to start planning ahead by writing a Will. With the first millennials now nearing their 40s, many have their own families and assets to take care of in case anything happens.
3. Slightly fewer marriages over the years
The census showcased some changes in relationships in Australia. Just under half of the population over the age of 15 were in a registered marriage in 2021, with a slight decrease at 46.5%. The previous years show a gradual but consistent decline (47.7% in 2016 and 49.2% in 2011) while the number of people divorced or separated increased (2,506,542 people in 2021 and 2,234,949 people in 2016). Bigger changes in relationships each year can have important implications on people’s estate and Will, including if you’re living together but not married.
What happens next?
When it comes to planning for your future, we’re prepared to help you through the dynamic changes affecting you and society in general. Our affordable services can help you write your own Will online, arrange a personalised cremation or simplify your role as an executor – all from the comfort of your own home.
Australian Bureau of Statistics, https://www.abs.gov.au/census