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released: 20 Aug 2015 author: AIHW media release

Australia's welfare 2015 is the 12th biennial welfare report of the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare. This comprehensive report provides an authoritative overview of the wellbeing of Australians, examining a wide range of relevant topics. This edition combines analytical feature articles on a variety of contemporary welfare issues with short statistical snapshots following a life-course approach. It covers: Understanding welfare; Australia's welfare spending and workforce; Child wellbeing; Young people; Working age; Growing older; Diversity and disadvantage in Australia; Indicators of Australia's welfare.

ISSN 13211455; ISBN 9781742497303; Cat. no. AUS 189; 500pp.; $40

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Publication table of contents

  • Preliminary material
    • Title and verso pages
    • Contents
    • Preface
    • Acknowledgments
    • Quality assurance
  • Body section
    • 1 Understanding welfare
      • 1.0 Introduction
      • 1.1 Welfare in Australia
      • 1.2 Who we are
    • 2 Australia's welfare spending and workforce
      • 2.0 Introduction
      • 2.1 Welfare expenditure
      • 2.2 Labour force participation in Australia
      • 2.3 The changing face of the welfare workforce
      • 2.4 Informal carers
      • 2.5 Volunteering
    • 3 Child wellbeing (0-14)
      • 3.0 Introduction
      • 3.1 The role of the family in child wellbeing
      • 3.2 Children in child care and preschool programs
      • 3.3 Transition to primary school
      • 3.4 How are our children faring at school?
      • 3.5 Adoptions in Australia
      • 3.6 Child protection in Australia
      • 3.7 Young people aged 10–14 under youth justice supervision
      • 3.8 Wellbeing of Indigenous children
      • 3.9 Closing the gap in Indigenous education
      • 3.10 Children with disability
    • 4 Young people (15–24)
      • 4.0 Introduction
      • 4.1 Pathways through education and training
      • 4.2 School retention and completion
      • 4.3 Apprenticeships and traineeships
      • 4.4 Tertiary education
      • 4.5 Opposite ends of the spectrum—participation of young people in education and work
      • 4.6 Transitions to independence
      • 4.7 How are young Australians coping?
      • 4.8 Vulnerable young people (aged 15–24)
    • 5 Working age (25–64)
      • 5.0 Introduction
      • 5.1 The welfare of our working-age population
      • 5.2 Who is looking after our children?
      • 5.3 Home alone
      • 5.4 Bricks and mortar-changing trends in home ownership
      • 5.5 Working-age support: financial assistance for families with children
      • 5.6 Working-age support: assistance with employment and training
      • 5.7 Working-age support: housing assistance
      • 5.8 Labour force participation of people with disability
      • 5.9 Older Australians staying at work
    • 6 Growing older
      • 6.0 Introduction
      • 6.1 Australians aged 85 years and over
      • 6.2 Ageing and the welfare system: pressures, opportunities and responses
      • 6.3 Older Australians and the use of aged care
      • 6.4 Mental health of older Australians
      • 6.5 Palliative care: a welfare perspective
    • 7 Diversity and disadvantage in Australia
      • 7.0 Introduction
        • 7.1 How are Indigenous Australians faring?
        • 7.2 How are people with mental illness faring?
        • 7.3 A profile of people with disability
        • 7.4 The diversity of Australia's homeless population
        • 7.5 Domestic and family violence
    • 8 Indicators of Australia's welfare
      • 8.0 Introduction
      • 8.1 Indicators of Australia's welfare
  • End matter
    • Methods and conventions
    • Symbols
    • Acronyms and abbreviations
    • Glossary
    • Index

Notes and corrections

The current version of the publication is presented above. Previous versions of files that have been updated or corrected are presented below.

  1.  (4 Nov 2015) Changes to Figure 5.4.8 on page 208—footnote corrections, data label corrections. Chapter 5 data for figures supplementary tables links and labels corrected.
  2. (2 May 2016) Changes to Figure 8.1.8—title correction, PDF on page 366 and on feature article PDF on page 22. Chapter 8 data for figures supplementary tables corrected. 

Recommended citation

AIHW 2015. Australia's welfare 2015. Australia's welfare no. 12. Cat. no. AUS 189. Canberra: AIHW.

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