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This note presents selected findings based on the set of well-being indicators published in How's Life? 2017.
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Australia’s population is healthier than the OECD average, considering life expectancy and other general measures of health status. Smoking consumption is also low, as is exposure to air pollution. But obesity rates are the fifth highest in the OECD. Further, despite universal health coverage, a relatively high share of the population reported skipping consultations due to cost. Quality of care indicators also show mixed results.
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Selected findings for Australia from the report "Preventing Ageing Unequally"
Government at a Glance provides a dashboard of key indicators to help you analyse international comparisons of public sector performance.
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Selected findings for Australia from the report "The Pursuit of Gender Equality: An Uphill Battle"
The Global Forum on Transparency and Exchange of Information for Tax Purposes (the Global Forum) published today the first 10 outcomes of a new and enhanced peer review process aimed at assessing compliance with international standards for the exchange of information on request between tax authorities.
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Australia’s working-age employment rate (66% in the first quarter of 2017) substantially exceeds the OECD average (61%), and the unemployment rate (5.8%) remains slightly below the OECD average (6.1%).
The city of Newcastle is fast emerging as a smart, liveable and sustainable city.
Australia’s strong economy has helped drive a healthy job market. But to avoid a future shortage of labour as the population ages, further efforts are needed to help older women, indigenous Australians and mothers with young children into work, according to a new OECD report.
Further structural reform is required to raise productivity growth through a better climate for business and stronger R&D outcomes.