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Australia's welfare 2017: in brief presents highlights from the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare’s 13th biennial report on the nation’s welfare, Australia’s welfare 2017.
2.2 million people aged 15–64 were enrolled in formal study
Australia ranks in the bottom third of OECD countries for ‘work-life balance’
49% of people with dementia in 2015 lived in cared accommodation
55% of Indigenous people in Remote and Very remote areas speak an Australian Indigenous language
Australia performs very well against many measures of wellbeing, compared with most other countries in the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development‘s (OECD) ‘Better Life Index’. We are number 1 (top ranked) for civic engagement, and are above average in income and wealth, environmental quality, health status, housing, jobs and earnings, education and skills, subjective wellbeing, and social connections. However we do not perform well in work-life balance and are in the worst third for working very long hours.
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