08 October 2019

Australia's welfare 2019: In brief

This report from the AIHW provides a snapshot of national wellbeing to show how Australians are faring in key areas, including housing, education and skills, employment, social support and justice and safety. The report shows that record employment and an increase in education levels are contributing to Australia’s wellbeing but challenges facing the nation include housing stress among low-income earners. Generally, the higher a person’s level of education, the more opportunities they have in their working life. Australia has high levels of civic engagement with 97% of eligible people enrolled to vote in 2019—up from 90% in 2010 and strong rates of volunteering. However, an estimated 1 in 4 Australians are currently experiencing an episode of loneliness – with people who live alone, young adults, males and people with children more likely to feel lonely. Most crime rates have fallen in recent years but Australia ranked in the bottom third of countries for people feeling safe walking alone at night.