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Based at the University of New South Wales (UNSW) with nodes at the Australian National University (ANU) and The University of Sydney, CEPAR is producing world-class research on population ageing. The CEPAR is a unique collaboration bringing together academia, government and industry to address one of the major social challenges of the twenty first century.

Our innovative research is providing global solutions to the economic and social challenges of population ageing and building a new generation of researchers to global standard with an appreciation of the multidisciplinary nature of population ageing.

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CEPAR's mission is to produce research of the highest quality to transform thinking about population ageing, inform product and service development and provision (private practice) and public policy, and improve people's wellbeing throughout their lives.


'By 2050, the proportion of Australians aged over 65 will double to 25%. The number of very old will quadruple. This presents a range of economic and social challenges. For example, population ageing leads to lower economic growth and higher health costs, and will require a cultural change in the workplace. CEPAR will undertake research and build expertise to improve the way we manage this transition.' Professor John Piggott, CEPAR Director.


THE ONLY RESEARCH CENTRE OF ITS KIND   Click here to find out why >

Existing centres focus on one aspect of population ageing, while CEPAR looks at all aspects - social, economic, health and political. Its strength lies in its multidisciplinary approach.

CEPAR research includes:

  • Economics
  • Psychology
  • Sociology
  • Epidemiology
  • Actuarial Science
  • Demography

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  • Was one of only 13 research centres funded in 2011 under the Australian Research Council's Centres of Excellence program.
  • Is an intellectual and evidenced based resource to inform policy in both the private and public sectors.
  • Brings together researchers, government and industry to optimise and synthesise expertise and knowledge.
  • Draws on international networks to provide Australia with the most innovative and current solutions to the challenges of population ageing.
  • Will address the National Research Priority Goals of 'Ageing Well, Ageing Productively' and 'Strengthening Australia's Social and Economic Fabric.'
  • Will inform action to achieve the vision of additional 10 years of healthy and productive life expectancy by 2050 as set by the Prime Minister's influential Science, Engineering, and Innovation Council (PMSEIC) (2003).