QUEENSLAND is the toughest state in Australia to be a mum, while the ACT is the best, a report has shown.
A report released on Sunday from Save the Children Australia showed where it was better to be a mother, using a ranking based on indicators including maternal and child health, education opportunities, earning potential and relative social disadvantage.
In the inaugural State of Australia's Mothers report, the ACT topped the ranking with a score of 91.4%, followed by Western Australia and Victoria. Queensland came in the worst with a score of 25.7%, ahead of Tasmania and Northern Territory.
The report said mothers in cities had better health outcomes than those in regional and remote areas.
"Access to maternal child health and other services, education opportunities and higher earning potential sees Australia's cities consistently ranked highly across all states," it said.