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This note presents selected findings based on the set of well-being indicators published in How's Life? 2020.
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The unemployment rate in Australia rose to 7.1%. in May 2020. Including the increase in inactivity linked to the COVID-19 crisis would push this up to 11.3%. The official rate is projected to rise to 8.3% at the end of 2020 (below the OECD average of 9.4%), falling back to 7.4% in 2021 (just below the OECD average of 7.7%).
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This note provides a comprehensive overview of the extent to which laws in Australia and OECD countries ensure equal treatment of LGBTI people, and of the complementary policies that could help foster LGBTI inclusion.
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Key findings for Australia from the report "Pensions at a Glance 2019"
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Australia spends 9.3% of its GDP on health, slightly higher than the OECD average, and is projected to reach 13% by 2030. Australia also has more nurses (11.7 per 1000 people, compared to an OECD average of 8.8) and slightly more doctors (3.7 doctors versus an OECD average of 3.5) serving the population than in many OECD countries. These resources have contributed to good health outcomes.
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Australia has one of the highest rates of obesity: nearly one in three adults are obese. As a result, Australians live on average 2.7 years less due to overweight. The impact on the economy is large: overweight accounts for 8.6% of health expenditure; and lowers labour market outputs by the equivalent of 371 thousand full time workers per year. Combined, this means that overweight reduces Australia’s GDP by 3.1%.
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This country fact-sheet presents key figures from "Under Pressure: The Squeezed Middle Class". This report analyses the trends of middle-income households in areas such as employment, consumption, wealth and debt, as well as perceptions and social attitudes. It also includes recommendations for protecting middle-class living standards and financial security in the face of economic challenges.
Australia has made some progress replacing coal with natural gas and renewables in electricity generation yet remains one of the most carbon-intensive OECD countries and one of the few where greenhouse gas emissions (excluding land use and forestry) have risen in the past decade. The country will fall short of its 2030 emissions target without a major effort to move to a low-carbon model, according to a new OECD report.
Avec 27 années de croissance économique positive, l'Australie a démontré une capacité remarquable d'élévation régulière du niveau de vie de sa population et d'absorption des chocs économiques.