Long-term care

The interactive visualisations on this page allow you to compare data across 36 OECD member countries for the following indicators of long-term care usage and resourcing:

  • formal long-term care workers (total and FTE; at home; in institutions)
  • beds in residential long-term care facilities
  • long-term care recipients in institutions (other than hospitals)
  • long-term care recipients at home.

Key findings

In 2017 (or based on the latest year of data):  

  • in the formal long-term care sector, the proportion of nurses and personal carers for the population aged 65 and over was above the OECD average in Australia, at 6.2% (though based on full-time equivalent (FTE) staff this was 3.7%—below the OECD average). Among OECD countries, this proportion was highest in Norway (13% (10% FTE)) and Sweden (12% (9.3% FTE))
  • for formal long-term care workers at home, Australia had the same proportion of personal carers for the total population aged 65 and over as the OECD average (2.0%), but a lower proportion of nurses than the OECD average (0.2% compared with 0.5%)
  • for formal long-term care workers in institutions, the proportion of nurses and personal carers for the total population aged 65 years and over in Australia was above the OECD average (4.0% compared with 2.6%)
  • Netherlands had the highest proportion of beds in residential long-term care facilities, at 13 per 1,000 population. Australia had fewer beds than this, at 7.9 per 1,000 population, though this was greater than the OECD average of 7.5 beds per 1,000 population
  • Australia had the 6th lowest proportion of long-term care recipients of all ages at home among OECD countries (1.2%), but had a higher proportion of recipients of long-term care in institutions (other than hospitals) (1.0%) compared with the OECD average (0.75%), when looking at all ages. However, this varied among older people: Australia had the 2nd highest proportion of long-term care recipients in institutions (other than hospitals) among people aged 65 and over (6.3%) and 80 and over (20%), behind only Belgium.