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A new report by the Save the Children agency has found Canberra is the top spot to be a mum in Australia.

Victoria made third spot just ahead of NSW. With Queensland coming in last place.

Leading rates of female education, median income and “socioeconomic advantage” pushed ACT to the top spot, beating Western Australia.

Save the Children Australia’s head of advocacy, Annie Bodmer-Roy, said the first State of Australia’s Mothers report found urban mums fared better than those in rural areas.

“ACT’s success is partly down to the urban environment, and the fact most mothers live in the city where there is greater access to services and employment prospects,” she said.

“The report also found concerning, entrenched disadvantage among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander mothers who are behind non-Indigenous mothers on almost every typical indicator of wellbeing.”

The ACT’s median weekly family income of $3060 was 22 per cent higher than the nearest state of WA and 32 per cent above the national average of $2310.

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  • No mention of the expenditure though. The cost of living is higher in some of them that have high incomes. Compared to some wages the cost of living is very expensive in Sydney.

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  • Is our happiness related to our income or how well we’re educated then ?

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  • That weekly income is crazy…if only

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  • Just wondering if the ACT being number one has anything to do with the amount of politicians there? Pollies looking out for themselves yet again


    • I think the ACT has higher average incomes than the other states because of the public servants and defence. Overall, there seems to be a higher standard of living.

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  • That’s interesting. I would love to have that average family income

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  • cool, Perth is second. much warmer ACt

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  • ACT being the nations capital and with most political jobs makes sense that they have the highest median incomes.

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  • Would love to know how they come up with these figures

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  • I’d be happy to live anywhere if that was our weekly income (where do they get those figures)

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  • Having lived in 3 States, and both regional and urban areas with young children – I would agree that a lot lot more needs to be done in regional areas. The more remote, the bigger the problems.

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  • The ACTs smal size makes it easier to provide services across the state.


    • Another article in this section clearly shows that the Maternity Section in ACT Hospital is definitely not an ideal place to give birth to a baby. There is a much higher unemployment problem than you would expect it to be too.
      The income might be high, they are not admitting how high the cost of living is though. Fropm experience it is not as cheap as a lot of others.

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  • This is a very general report. I live in NSW and your lifestyle and access to services can be very different depending on which part of the state you live in, and sometimes even which suburb you live in.

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  • I’m not surprised by this but then again the ACT is such a small State whereas there would be a whole lot of difference between families in the other states especially between rural vs city families. I really don’t think the results tell us much at all.

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  • Not surprising at all. Something needs to be done to change these stats!!

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