An overview of Australia’s welfare

Stream: Australia’s welfare / social data
Date: Wednesday, 11 September 2019
Time: 10.45 am – 12.25 pm


This presentation will showcase findings from the AIHW’s biennial Australia’s welfare 2019 report. It considers the many factors that affect a person’s wellbeing, including housing, education, employment and income, health and social support, and justice and safety. It will focus on selected themes in more detail, including intergenerational disadvantage, patterns and trends in income support use and the future of work. This presentation will also explore the current health and welfare data landscape. High quality and comprehensive data are critical to inform policy and the delivery of services for those in need. The current data landscape is one where people have access to more data than ever before and data is being linked across sectors which allows for a much richer understanding than is possible from using data for a particular sector in isolation. It will focus on the role that the AIHW is playing with the ABS and the States and Territories to improve the quality of existing data and to facilitate longitudinal data analysis through data linkage. There is an increased recognition of the importance of using public data as a strategic national resource to improve outcomes for the population while assuring the privacy and security of data.


Matthew James (Presenter), Australian Institute of Health and Welfare
Matthew James is the Deputy CEO of the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare. Before joining the Institute in November 2016, he held leadership roles in performance, information and evaluation as Assistant Secretary, Indigenous Affairs Group in PM&C. He was also a Branch Manager in the former Department of Education, Employment and Training, where he worked on employment policy and implementation as well as workplace relations policy and analysis. From 2002 to 2004, he was Counsellor (Employment, Education, Science and Training) with the Australian Delegation to the OECD in Paris. He was awarded a Public Service Medal in 2016.