Australia's welfare 2013 is the 11th biennial welfare report of the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare. This comprehensive and authoritative report provides an overview of the wellbeing of Australians across domains of healthy living, autonomy and participation, and social cohesion. It includes information on:
- population factors underpinning the demand for welfare services
- particular needs and assistance provided to key groups
- the resourcing of welfare services in Australia.
Areas where there were signs of improvement included rises in Indigenous home ownership, falls in overcrowding among Indigenous households, and improving education and labour force participation rates.
The report shows that people outside major cities experience several areas of disadvantage, including higher death rates, higher disability rates, lower educational attainment, and higher unemployment rates.
Other Australia's welfare 2013 fast facts:
*Australians are better educated than a decade ago: 67% of people aged 25 to 64 held a non-school qualification in 2012 compared with 54% in 2002.
*Adoptions have fallen to their lowest level ever-at just 333 in 2011--12 compared with around 9,800 in 1972.
*The number of children in substantiated (confirmed) abuse and neglect cases rose by 18% between 2007-08 and 2011-12. The number of children living in out-of-home care increased by 27% between 2008 and 2011.
*Just over half (52%) of children aged 0 to 12 usually attended child care in 2011.
*House prices were more than 7 times the average household income in 2011 compared with 4 times at the start of 2002, and houses are increasing in size.
The report is accompanied by a companion mini publication, Australia's welfare 2013-in brief.