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Australia's welfare 2019 is the AIHW's 14th biennial welfare report. It explores topical welfare issues and brings together multiple data sources to serve as a report card on the welfare of Australians. Australia’s welfare is framed around ‘welfare’ in its broadest sense—welfare refers to the wellbeing of individuals, families and the community. Welfare and wellbeing are often used interchangeably—see Understanding welfare and wellbeing.

Australia’s welfare 2019 introduces a new format and expanded product suite:

Australia’s welfare 2019: data insights is a collection of articles on selected welfare topics, including an overview of the welfare data landscape, and contributions by academic experts. It is available as a print report and online as a PDF.

Australia’s welfare snapshots are 41 web pages that present key facts on housing, education and skills, employment and work, income and finance: government payments, social support, justice and safety, and Indigenous Australians. They are available online in HTML (updated when new data are available) and as a compiled PDF.

Australia’s welfare 2019: in brief presents key findings and concepts from the snapshots to tell the story of welfare in Australia. It is available as a print report and online as a PDF.

Australia’s welfare indicators is an interactive data visualisation tool that measures welfare system performance, individual and household determinants and the nation’s wellbeing. It is available online in HTML.

The AIHW manages a number of national information assets, and works with state and territory governments, the ABS, other independent bodies and the non-government sector, to ensure the data included in Australia’s welfare 2019 are comprehensive, accurate and informative. Data are essential to understand how people engage with and navigate welfare services, and are useful for policy formulation, implementation and service delivery, and evaluation. Despite recent improvements and enhancements, gaps exist where there are no national data currently available or where data collected are not comprehensive. These gaps, along with other limitations, are highlighted in Australia’s welfare 2019: data insights.

The AIHW’s flagship reports, Australia’s health and Australia’s welfare, are highly regarded as sources of authoritative and accessible information.