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released: 20 Aug 2015 author: AIHW media release

Australia’s welfare 2015—in brief presents highlights from the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare’s 12th biennial report on the nation’s welfare.

ISBN 978-1-74249-763-1; Cat. no. AUS 193; 60pp.; $10

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Publication table of contents

  • Preliminary material
    • Title and verso pages
    • Contents
    • More paths to information online
  • Body section
    • Section 1: About us
      • Australia at a glance
      • Australia's population is growing and getting older
      • More than one-quarter of us were born overseas
      • Most of us live in major cities
      • More people are living alone
      • Mums and dads are older
      • Living longer
      • How much are we earning?
    • Section 2: Children and youth
      • We live in different types of families
      • Most kids are 'on track' when they start primary school
      • Most children achieve literacy and numeracy standards at school
      • 4 in 5 young people are studying and/or working full-time
      • More young adults living with their parents
      • Fall in alcohol and drug use
      • More children received child protection services
      • Indigenous youth over-represented in justice system
      • Changing job front for youth
      • Some young people are missing out
    • Section 3: Working age
      • Better educated
      • Women have changed the face of the workforce
      • More of us working part-time
      • And we are staying at work
      • More households have a mortgage
      • And more of us are renting
      • Work and study are the top reasons for using child care
    • Section 4: Older Australians
      • More years without disability for older Australians
      • More qualifications, and working longer
      • Fewer older households own their home outright
      • Some mental health concerns
      • Majority are not using aged care services
    • Section 5: Not faring so well
      • Gaps in Indigenous education and employment
      • Indigenous adults relying less on government payments
      • Greater need for housing assistance for Indigenous Australians
      • More homeless people
      • Mental illness linked with higher unemployment
      • Disability increases with age
      • People with disability are less likely to have a job
      • Boys more likely to have severe or profound disability
      • Women more likely to experience domestic and family violence
    • Section 6: Expenditure and workforce
      • Welfare spending up an average of 2.6% a year
      • A diverse welfare workforce
      • Majority of welfare workforce is female
      • Most informal carers are of working age
      • Many people volunteer their time
    • Infographics
      • Key trends in Australia's welfare
        • Ageing of the population
        • People with disability
        • Changing workforce
        • Home ownership
        • Indigenous Australians

Recommended citation

AIHW 2015. Australia's welfare 2015—in brief. Australia's welfare no. 12. Cat. no. AUS 193. Canberra: AIHW.

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