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Australia

South-Eastern Asia and the Pacific

Women

Australia ranks 25 out of 162 countries in the Gender Inequality Index, where a high rank equals high equality. Women should always be considered as a particularly vulnerable group though.

Children

Australia has a Workplace Index score of 2.3, a Marketplace Index score of 2.9 and a Community and Environment Index score of 2.4 in the Children’s Rights and Business Atlas, where countries receive scores between 0 and 10. A score closer to 0 reflects a need for basic children’s rights due diligence, while a higher score reflects a need for enhanced or heightened due diligence. Children should always be considered as a particularly vulnerable group though. 

Persons with Disabilities

Due to differences in data collection and definitions it is difficult to compare countries on disability prevalence rates. Persons with disabilities should always be considered as a particularly vulnerable group though.

Minorities and Indigenous Peoples

According to the World Directory of Minorities and Indigenous Peoples, the following indigenous peoples are present in Australia: Aboriginal peoples, Torres Strait Islanders and South Sea Islanders. Australia’s history has been shaped by migration, beginning with the arrival of British settlers 200 years ago. At the end of World War II Southern Europeans, in particular from Greece, Italy and Yugoslvia, started to migrate to Australia and over the past two decades there has been substantial migration from Asia.

Migrant Workers​

According to the ILO Global Estimates on International Migrant Workers, migrant workers as a proportion of all workers is 3.4 % in the subregion South-Eastern Asia and the Pacific.

Persons in Armed Conflict

Australia ranks 170 out of 179 countries in the Fragile States Index, where a high rank equals high fragility. For monthly crisis updates, check out CrisisWatch