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Explore the Australia's children, Australia’s youth, Older Australians, People with disability and Veterans reports for information on education, social support, justice and safety, income, housing and more.

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The Treasury's Measuring what matters framework includes 50 indicators across 5 wellbeing themes.
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About Australia’s welfare 2023

Australia's welfare 2023 is the AIHW's 16th 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 2023 consists of 3 products:

Australia’s welfare 2023: data insights is a collection of 9 in-depth articles on selected welfare topics, including a focus on homelessness and housing affordability, employment and income support following the COVID-19 pandemic, and the importance of a strong evidence base for supporting the wellbeing of Australians.

Australia’s welfare topic summaries present key information and statistics on housing, education and skills, employment and income, social support, justice and safety, and First Nations people across 42 web pages. Available online as web pages (some updated when new data are available).

Australia’s welfare 2023: in brief presents key findings and concepts to tell the story of welfare and wellbeing in Australia.
Available to download as a PDF or you can purchase a hardcopy.

Welfare data

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.

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 2023 are comprehensive, accurate and informative. Despite recent improvements and enhancements, gaps exist where there are no national data currently available or where data collected are not comprehensive.

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