In general, Australians are more satisfied with their lives than the OECD average.
When asked to rate their general satisfaction with life on a scale from 0 to 10, Australians gave it a 7.3 grade on average, higher than the OECD average of 6.5.
The number of rooms in a dwelling, divided by the number of persons living there, indicates whether residents are living in crowded conditions.
Overcrowded housing may have a negative impact on physical and mental health, relations with others and children's development.
In terms of basic facilities, the percentage of dwellings in Australia that contain private access to an indoor flushing toilet, is more than the OECD average of 95.6%. : Measuring Well-being While money may not buy happiness, it is an important means to achieving higher living standards and thus greater well-being.
Higher economic wealth may also improve access to quality education, health care and housing.This is truer of men than women, as 82% of men have successfully completed high-school compared with 80% of women.In terms of the quality of its educational system, the average student scored 502 in reading literacy, maths and science in the OECD's Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA). On average in Australia, girls outperformed boys by 8 points, above the average OECD gap of 2 points.Household net adjusted disposable income is the amount of money that a household earns each year after taxes and transfers.It represents the money available to a household for spending on goods or services.This 2017 OECD Economic Survey of Australia examines recent economic developments, policies and prospects.The special chapters cover innovation-driven productivity and boosting R&D outcomes.In addition, dense living conditions are often a sign of inadequate water and sewage supply.In Australia, the average home contains more than the OECD average of 1.8 rooms per person.The level of atmospheric PM2.5 – tiny air pollutant particles small enough to enter and cause damage to the lungs – is 5.2 micrograms per cubic meter, the lowest rate in the OECD where the average is 13.9 micrograms per cubic meter.Australia also does well in terms of water quality, as 93% of people say they are satisfied with the quality of their water, higher than the OECD average of 81%.