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1300.1.55.001 - Statistics News NSW, Mar 2006  
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KEY SOCIAL INDICATORS- A VISIT FROM THE OECD

Jon Hall from the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) presented an information session on the OECD World Forum on Statistics, Knowledge and Policy at the ABS NSW office in February. Jon is currently working to coordinate world wide efforts on improving the ways in which statistics are translated into knowledge, and hence into policy. The focus at the moment is on developing key indicator systems to support the measurement of societal progress.

Jon was particularly keen to raise awareness of the project and hear about local experiences. Information was presented on national indicator frameworks from Ireland, the UK, the USA and Australia, where the ABS's Measures of Australia's Progress was showcased. In addition to frameworks at a national level, Jon also spoke about the leading Australian examples at the regional level; the Victorian government initiative "Growing Victoria Together" and Tasmania's "Tasmania Together" program. Both initiatives focus on a whole of government approach with the aim of improving the well-being of their citizens.

The ABS is contributing to this initiative and is planning further workshops elsewhere in Australia.

For further information on the OECD World Forum on Statistics, Knowledge and Policy see <www.oecd.org/oecdworldforum>
For further information on local ABS contributions, contact Peter Damcevski, email peter.damcevski@abs.gov.au.



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