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released: 17 Nov 2009 author: AIHW media release

Australia's welfare 2009 is the ninth biennial welfare report of the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare. It is the most comprehensive and authoritative source of national information on welfare services in Australia. Topics include children, youth and families; ageing and aged care; disability and disability services; carers and informal care; housing and housing assistance; and homelessness.

ISSN 1321-1455; ISBN 978 1 74024 956 0; Cat. no. AUS 117; 364pp.; Internet only

Full publication

Publication table of contents, and part PDFs and RTFs

  • Preliminary material (217KB PDF; 75KB RTF)
    • Title and verso pages
    • Letter of transmittal
    • Foreword
    • Contents
    • Preface
    • Acknowledgments
    • Symbols
    • Key points—Australia's welfare 2009  
  • Body section
    1. Introduction (343KB PDF; 256KB RTF)
      1. Welfare, wellbeing and social inclusion
      2. Whose needs? How well met?
      3. Australia at a glance
      4. A changing society
      5. Closing the gap on Indigenous disadvantage
      6. The evidence base for socially inclusive policy
      7. Gaps in the data
      8. How this report is presented
      • References
    2. Children, youth and families (863KB PDF; 1.3MB RTF)
      1. Introduction
      2. Australia's children and young people
      3. Australian families
      4. Early childhood and school entry
      5. Education
      6. Employment
      7. Children and young people at risk
      8. Data developments and further information
      • References
    3. Ageing and aged care (881KB PDF; 1.4MB RTF)
      1. Introduction
      2. Australia's older population
      3. Social and community participation
      4. Financial resources of older people
      5. Provision of aged care
      6. Aged care service use and client characteristics
      7. Service-related outcomes
      8. Ageing and aged care data
      • References
    4. Disability and disability services (863KB PDF; 848KB RTF)
      1. Introduction
      2. Disability in the Australian population
      3. Financial resources of people with disability
      4. Support services for people with disability
      5. Education and employment
      6. Income support
      • References
    5. Carers and informal care (742KB PDF; 1.1MB RTF)
      1. Introduction
      2. Characteristics of carers and care recipients
      3. How do carers help?
      4. Assistance and support for carers
      5. The costs of caring
      6. Quality of data about carers
      7. Support for carers into the future
      • References
    6. Housing and housing assistance (661KB PDF; 943KB RTF)
      1. Introduction
      2. Housing in Australia
      3. Housing policy and funding
      4. Drivers of housing demand
      5. Housing supply
      6. Housing assistance
      • References
    7. Homelessness (986KB PDF); 1.1MB RTF)
      1. Introduction
      2. Homelessness in Australia
      3. A more detailed look: tough times for homeless families
      4. Where to now?
      5. Conclusion
      • References
  • End matter (414KB PDF; 102KB RTF)
    • 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. This version of Australia’s Welfare 2009 differs from the original (published 17 November 2010) in that it corrects historical data reported on the number per 1,000 children subject to notifications and substantiations in 2006–07. This change affects Appendix table A2.7 only. (1 September 2010)

Recommended citation

AIHW 2009. Australia's welfare 2009. Australia's welfare no. 9. Cat. no. AUS 117. Canberra: AIHW. Viewed 29 August 2014 <http://www.aihw.gov.au/publication-detail/?id=6442468304>.