Report summary: Australia has comprehensive laws and social security mechanisms to protect domestic caregivers and careworkers. However, there is a lack of formal recognition of and public information on paid domestic work. This oversight extends to national regulations on fair employment processes and decent work conditions for domestic workers. As a result, Australia ranks slightly higher on Sub-Index A than Sub-Index B. With a total of 6.55, Australia is rated as “Maturing” on the Global Care Policy Index.
Note: As of December 2021, Category A6 on Family-Friendly Workplace Policies has been retitled as “Mother-Friendly Workplace Policies”.
|GDP (USD, billion)||54907.1|
|Human Development Index||0.938|
|Women’s Labor Force Participation Rate||61%|
|Percentage of the Informal Economy||–|
|Old-age Dependency Ratio||25%|
|Access to Basic Drinking Water*||100%|
|Access to Electricity*||100%|
|Access to Sanitation Services*||100.0%|
|Access to Essential Health Services*†||86.6%|
Source: World Bank Open Data, Human Development Index, International Labour Organization 2019, United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF)
* Household access
†The WHO defines essential health services as “the average [household] coverage of essential services based on tracer interventions that include reproductive, maternal, newborn and child health; infectious diseases; noncommunicable diseases; and service capacity and access; among the general and the most disadvantaged population”
Data correct as of 2020.