Flailing schools, more people homeless and reduced home ownership: Australia’s scorecard is released

Home ownership has dwindled, homelessness is on the rise and education standards have dropped, according to Australia’s ‘living’ scorecard.

The report, released by Thinktank the Grattan Institute, found that people were waiting longer for medical treatment and Australia was not on target to reach its emissions commitments. 

 The scorecard is based on state economies and policies from the past five years.

A recently released report from the Grattan Institute has shown education standards in Australia have dropped the past five years (stock image)

A recently released report from the Grattan Institute has shown education standards in Australia have dropped the past five years (stock image)

A recently released report from the Grattan Institute has shown education standards in Australia have dropped the past five years (stock image)

The cost of living in Australia has also resulted in increased numbers of people living rough (stock image)

The cost of living in Australia has also resulted in increased numbers of people living rough (stock image)

The cost of living in Australia has also resulted in increased numbers of people living rough (stock image)

‘Unfortunately, problems aren’t hard to find,’ John Daley, Grattan Institute’s chief executive, said when reviewing the report. 

‘Per capita income has been flat for five years as the mining boom subsided and a number of state and territory governments continue to announce large infrastructure projects without doing enough homework beforehand.’

The news wasn’t all negative, with a number of positive reforms successfully implemented over the past decade.

‘Victoria’s hospitals cost less per patient and contribute to better health outcomes than elsewhere,’ Daley said. 

‘Queensland’s school students learn more in years 3 to 5, and this has improved significantly in the past few years.

Owning a home is out of reach for many people these days, meaning they are forced to rent (stock image) - a recent 'scorecard' shows home ownership numbers have dwindled

Owning a home is out of reach for many people these days, meaning they are forced to rent (stock image) - a recent 'scorecard' shows home ownership numbers have dwindled

Owning a home is out of reach for many people these days, meaning they are forced to rent (stock image) – a recent ‘scorecard’ shows home ownership numbers have dwindled

Even when young people learn to budget, the cost of living in many Australian states leaves them struggling (stock image) 

Even when young people learn to budget, the cost of living in many Australian states leaves them struggling (stock image) 

Even when young people learn to budget, the cost of living in many Australian states leaves them struggling (stock image) 

‘And Victoria, South Australia and the ACT have all increased the transparency of political decision-making and tightened controls over money in politics.’ 

The Grattan Institute also believes the transparency of political lobbying and donations has improved for most state and territory governments over the past five years, reported The Guardian.

The report went on to say all state governments – particularly NSW and Victoria – face future population pressures, but should ‘resist political pressure to wind back planning reforms that have helped to increase housing supply’.   

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