Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

If you lived in Australia instead of Canada, you would:

Economy

be 13.8% less likely to be unemployed


In Canada, 6.5% of adults are unemployed. In Australia, that number is 5.6%.

spend 36.4% more on taxes


Canada has a top tax rate of 33.0%. In Australia, the top tax rate is 45.0%.

Life

have 17.5% more children


In Canada, there are approximately 10.3 babies per 1,000 people. In Australia, there are 12.1 babies per 1,000 people.

Geography

see 87.3% less coastline


Canada has a total of 202,080 km of coastline. In Australia, that number is 25,760 km.

Learn more about Australia

Australia is a sovereign country in Australia-Oceania, with a total land area of approximately 7,682,300 sq km. Prehistoric settlers arrived on the continent from Southeast Asia at least 40,000 years before the first Europeans began exploration in the 17th century. No formal territorial claims were made until 1770, when Capt. James COOK took possession of the east coast in the name of Great Britain (all of Australia was claimed as British territory in 1829 with the creation of the colony of Western Australia). Six colonies were created in the late 18th and 19th centuries; they federated and became the Commonwealth of Australia in 1901. The new country took advantage of its natural resources to rapidly develop agricultural and manufacturing industries and to make a major contribution to the Allied effort in World Wars I and II. In recent decades, Australia has become an internationally competitive, advanced market economy due in large part to economic reforms adopted in the 1980s and its location in one of the fastest growing regions of the world economy. Long-term concerns include aging of the population, pressure on infrastructure, and environmental issues such as floods, droughts, and bushfires. Australia is the driest inhabited continent on earth, making it particularly vulnerable to the challenges of climate change. Australia is home to 10 per cent of the world's biodiversity, and a great number of its flora and fauna exist nowhere else in the world. In January 2013, Australia assumed a nonpermanent seat on the UN Security Council for the 2013-14 term.

How big is Australia compared to Canada? See an in-depth size comparison.


The statistics on this page were calculated using the following data sources: The World Factbook, Australian Taxation Office, Canada Revenue Agency.