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Australia performs exceptionally well in measures of well-being, as
shown by the fact that it ranks among the top countries in a large
number of topics in the Better Life Index.

Money, while it cannot buy happiness, is an important means to
achieving higher living standards. In Australia, the average household
earned 27 039 USD in 2008, more than the OECD average.

In terms of employment, nearly 72% of people aged 15 to 64 in
Australia have a paid job. People in Australia work 1690 hours a year,
less than most people in the OECD. 71% of mothers are employed after
their children begin school, suggesting that women are able to
successfully balance family and career.

Having a good education is an important requisite to finding a job.
In Australia, 70% of adults aged 25 to 64 have earned the equivalent of a
high-school diploma, only slightly lower than the OECD average.
Australia is a top-performing country in terms of the quality of its
educational system. The average student scored 515 out of 600 in reading
ability according to the latest PISA student-assessment programme, higher than the OECD average.

In terms of health, life expectancy at birth in Australia is 81.5
years, more than two years above the OECD average. The level of
atmospheric PM10 – tiny air pollutant particles small enough to enter
and cause damage to the lungs – is 14 micrograms per cubic meter, and is
much lower than levels found in most OECD countries.

Concerning the public sphere, there is a strong sense of community
and high levels of civic participation in Australia. 95% of people
believe that they know someone they could rely on in a time of need,
higher than the OECD average of 91%. Voter turnout, a measure of public
trust in government and of citizens' participation in the political
process, was 95% during recent elections; this figure is the highest in
the OECD. In regards to crime, only 2% of people reported falling victim
to assault over the previous 12 months.

When asked, 75% of people in Australia said they were satisfied with their life, much higher than the OECD average of 59%.

These findings are based on data from 2008 or later.