Australian and International Indicator Projects
The ABS was the first national statistical organisation to measure societal progress, with its flagship publication Measures of Australia’s Progress (cat. no. 1370.0) (MAP), first released in 2002.
In 2011-12, the ABS undertook a broad-ranging consultation that asked Australians ‘What is important to you for national progress?’ The consultation culminated in the release of ‘Measures of Australia's Progress - Aspirations for our Nation: A Conversation with Australians about Progress’. Released in November 2012, the report articulates the nation’s aspirations for societal progress. The report also presents a conceptual framework that sets out themes and elements that support these aspirations. This work has formed the foundation of the current phase of the MAP redevelopment: the construction of new indicators that form Measures of Australia’s Progress.
In June 2013, the ABS published a proposed list of indicators in the Information Paper: Measures of Australia's Progress Proposed Statistical Indicators, 2013. This information paper provides an account of the process the ABS has gone through to align the consultation framework with the proposed indicators as articulated in this publication. It showcases the proposed indicators the ABS will use in the MAP publication, due for release late 2013. The Information Paper presents the results of ABS work to translate ‘Aspirations for our Nation’ into a statistical reality.
For further information on the Measures of Australia's Progress, please contact Helen Spong on (02) 6252 7576 or Fiona Dowsley on (02) 6252 7641.
Please visit: www.abs.gov.au/about/progress