According to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), in which 34 countries participate jointly to stimulate economic progress and world trade, Australia ranks first as the best country to live in and work in for 3 consecutive years since 2010. This is measured by the general well-being and level of satisfaction and happiness of individuals of fellow Australians compared to other notable counties such as Britain, Sweden, Switzerland, France Germany and the U.S.
When considering the question of whether to reside and work in a country, people often gauge the benefits such a situation based on the amount of information on they have on hand. With OECD’s Better Life 2013 report, no doubt Australia is still the preferred place to live and work in based on its measurement of five key indicators.
Australia cares about my well-being, in particular my family, which in turns makes me want to achieve more for the company and country as well. It’s a cycle.
In Australia, over 72% of people aged 15 to 64 in Australia have a paid job, above the OECD employment average of 65%, which is why we see a flock of immigrants who migrate to Australia annually at an exponential rate. On the other end of the scale is Mexico which measures the lowest at 34% of people having a paid job.
The notion of having a paid job translates to life security and is important in a country which stimulates economic growth, making the country a desirable place to live in.
People in Australia work 1728 hours a year, less than the average OECD index of 1765 hours per year. This shows that Australia emphasizes a work-life balance culture, placing great importance on employees’ general well-being and time spent with family.
According to an employee in Atlassian, a software provider which gains the award of the best place to work for in Australia, he is quoted as saying “Australia & Atlassian is probably the best place I’ve ever worked in, as it cares about my well-being, in particular my family, which in turns makes me want to achieve more for the company and country as well. It’s a cycle”.
In terms of public safety and reliability, Australia again ranks first at a 93% high compared to the OECD’s average of 89%. Most people interviewed believe that they know someone they could rely on in time of need. A strong sense of community and civic mindedness among fellow Australians is another reason why people consider working in Australia.
In a political perspective, people’s trust in the government, transparency in the voting process all contributes to the high percentage of migration to Australia in recent years, be it for stay or work. In 2013, the index shows Australia at a whopping 93% versus OECD’s average of 72%. This shows that people have trust and feels safe residing in Australia.
Last but not least, in terms of environment, Australia is definitely a good country to work in considering its lower amount of pollution as compared to other developed countries such as U.S, Britain or Germany.
The level of atmospheric PM10 – tiny air pollutant particles small enough to enter and cause damage to the lungs – is 13.1 micrograms per cubic meter, considerably lower than the OECD average of 20.1 micrograms per cubic meter.
It also has good water quality as it measures 93% above the OECD’s average healthy water level of 84%. Apart from that, Australia is known to be home to beautiful beaches and lush greeneries of flora and fauna.
People nowadays seek beyond normal job and life security when deciding on a place to live and work in. When a country like Australia is able to provide beyond that, extending into work-life balance and valuing family’s time, Australia migration is definitely the answer.