The quality of life in Australia

The quality of life in Australia

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quality of life in australiaAustralia is one of the most sought-after emigration destinations in the world. It’s no surprise when you consider the superb quality of life in Australia.

We’re talking about more than the beautiful beaches, magnificent scenery and diverse wildlife here.

The Organisation for Economic Coorporation and Development (OECD) measures quality of life with these metrics:

  • Income
  • Working hours
  • Education
  • Sense of community
  • Air and water quality
  • Life satisfaction
  • Life expectancy

It just so happens that Australia scores well on all metrics.


In Australia, the average household net-adjusted disposable income per capita is USD33,138 a year more than the OECD average of USD29,016 a year. However, there is a considerable gap between the richest and the poorest, with the top 20% of the Australian population earning more than five times as much as the bottom 20%.

Working hours

Australian employees work 1,728 hours a year, which is less than most people around the world who work 1,765 hours a year. According to the OECD, only 13% of employees work long hours. Broken down by gender, 20% of men work very long hours while only 6% of women do the same.


In terms of money spent per school student, Australia is the OECD’s 10th biggest spender. This means Australia achieves an above-average score on education!

Australia scores above average on class sizes too. Primary schools in Australia have 24 students per class on average, while secondary schools classes average at 24 students per class. These numbers are very much in line with OECD averages for these categories, which came in at 21 and 23 respectively.

When it comes to tertiary education, Australia scores high too. The OECD found that 43 per cent of adults in Australia has a tertiary education, behind only Canada, Japan, Israel, Korea, the US and the UK. However, Australia’s tertiary fees are the fifth highest in OECD countries, after Canada, Japan, Korea and the US.

Sense of community

The majority of Australians say there is a strong sense community in the area they live in. In fact, 93% of Australians believe they know someone they could rely on in a time of need.

Air and water quality

The level of air pollutants small enough to enter and cause damage to human lungs is 13.1 micrograms per cubic metre. This is substantially lower than the OECD average of 20.1 micrograms per cubic metre.

When it comes to the quality of Australia’s water, 93% of Australians say they are satisfied with the quality of their water. This is again much higher than the OECD average, which sits at 84%.

Life satisfaction

Australians are the happiest they’ve been in years. Average life satisfaction reached a score of 76.7% on the Australian Unity Wellbeing Index in 2016, which is the highest level since records begin in the year 2000.

Life expectancy

From birth, the average life expectancy in Australia is 82 years of age, which is two years older than the OECD average.

The Bureau of Statistics breaks it down by gender:

A typical 30-year old woman can expect another 55 years of life, with a further 36 years for 50-year-old and another 18 years for a 70-year-old.

A 30-year old man can expect to live another 51 years, with another 32 years for a 50-year-old and a further 15.6 years for a 70-year-old.

Does the quality of life in Australia sound appealing?

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