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released: 24 Nov 2011 author: AIHW media release

'Australia's welfare 2011: in brief' presents selected highlights from the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare's 10th biennial report on welfare services in Australia.

ISBN 978-1-74249-231-5; Cat. no. AUS 145; 48pp.; FREE


Publication table of contents

  • Introduction
  • Title and verso page
  • Contents
  • 1 Who are we?
    • Australians in brief
    • Our population is growing and ageing
    • We are becoming more culturally diverse
    • We live in different types of families
    • One in five of us has a disability
    • We are living longer, with more disability-free years
  • 2 Where do we live?
    • Most of us live in coastal cities
    • A generation gap in regional areas
    • Disability is more common in regional areas
    • Most of us own our home
    • Less public housing, more community housing
    • People with special needs dominate social housing recipients
  • 3 How do we engage with the community?
    • Students are staying at school longer
    • More females than males now participate in higher education
    • Increasing workforce participation among women and older Australians...
    • ...but some people still miss out on the benefits of work
  • 4 How do we care for others?
    • Half of all children under 15 attend child care
    • Women and older people provide most informal care
    • More children living in out-of-home care
    • More than $130 billion spent on welfare in 2008–09
    • Community service organisations employ over half a million people
  • 5 Who is at risk of missing out?
    • Jobless families
    • School readiness varies
    • Young people in the juvenile justice system
    • Low income households in housing stress
    • People seeking assistance from specialist homelessness services
    • Groups vulnerable to homelessness
  • 6 How do we compare?
    • We are younger than many developed countries
    • Welfare expenditure is slightly below OECD average—but relatively high for families
    • Our high school students perform well
    • But youth disengagement is still a problem
    • Labour force participation lags for 'prime age workers'
  • 7 What are we doing to find out more?
    • Current AIHW projects

Recommended citation

AIHW 2011. Australia's welfare 2011: in brief. Australia's welfare no. 10. Cat. no. AUS 145. Canberra: AIHW.

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