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.

The biennial Australia’s welfare reports are a source of independent, authoritative and accessible information collated from multiple data sources. They are a mix of short statistical updates and longer discussions exploring selected topical issues. Australia’s welfare also serves as a ‘report card’ on the welfare of Australians by looking at how we are faring as a nation.

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.

Australia’s welfare also discusses the welfare data landscape. 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. In the context of welfare data, these include gaps in:

  • understanding of risk factors
  • incidence and prevalence data
  • measurement of demand for welfare services
  • details about types of welfare services accessed
  • pathways through the welfare systems
  • outcomes for people who receive welfare services
  • long-term effects on individuals and their families
  • information about populations of interest
  • geospatial information.

Australia’s welfare is a sister publication to the Australia’s health biennial report.