In some countries, employers used job retention programmes to cut hours while allowing workers to keep their pay and jobs; there, it is likely that the full impact of the pandemic is yet to be felt. In other countries, there have been unprecedented increases in unemployment, but many workers will return to their jobs (or to new ones) as economies re-open and activity picks up.
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The Skills Outlook Country Profile details key indicators to assess the extent to which Australia is able to provide strong foundations for lifelong learning; promote effective transitions into further education, training and the labour market and engage adults in learning. It also evaluates the effect of the COVID-19 pandemic on adult learning and the labour market.
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Australia consumes 10.5 litres of pure alcohol per capita per year, roughly equivalent to 2.2 bottles of wine or 4.0 litres of beer per week per person aged 15 and over. In addition, in Australia, some population groups are at higher risk than others.
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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%.