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The tax burden in Australia increased by 1 percentage point from 26.3% to 27.3% in 20121. The OECD average was an increase of 0.4 percentage points from 33.3% to 33.7%. The Australian standard GST rate of 10% is one of the lowest in the OECD. The average VAT/GST standard rate in the OECD was 19.1% on 1 January 2014.
Permanent migration under Australia’s Migration and Humanitarian Programmes rose by 7.7% in 2012-13 with 214 000 visas issued.
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This country profile describes in details the Australian pharmaceutical system, including decision-making processes for regulatory approval, reimbursement and pricing; assessment guidelines; institution and stakeholders involved and specific policies for new high cost drugs, when available.
Country notes outlining regional variations in health, jobs, safety, environment, access to services, civic engagement, housing, education, income, and employment. These notes are from the OECD publication "How's Life in Your Region?".
Getting regions and cities 'right', adapting policies to the specificities of where people live and work, is vital to improving citizens’ well-being. View the country fact sheets from the publication OECD Regional Outlook 2014.
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According to a new OECD report, variation in rates of health care activity between geographic areas within a country may be a cause for concern. Wide variation suggests that whether or not patients receive a particular health service depends on the region where they live within a country.
Country notes with main key findings of the book and key fact tables: a customised snapshot of a country's educational environment, highlighting the most important issues in the educational landscape.
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In Australia, the proportion of young adults who entered academic tertiary programmes (tertiary-type A) increased by more than 40 percentage points between 2000 and 2012. On average across all OECD countries with comparable data, the increase in entry rates was only 10 percentage points between 2000 and 2012.
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Unemployment in Australia rose to a 12-year high in July of 6.4% (seasonally adjusted). While the short-term impact of the global financial crisis had been comparatively modest, the unemployment rate has been increasing steadily over the past two years (by 1.2 percentage points since July 2012), driven by declines in mining investment and slower growth in China.
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The ability to measure innovation is essential to an improvement strategy in education. This country note analyses how the practices are changing within classrooms and educational organisations and how teachers develop and use their pedagogical resources.