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Measures of Australia's Progress covers: Health, Education, Work, National income, Financial hardship, National wealth, National wealth, Housing, Productivity, The natural landscape, The human environment (air quality), Oceans and estuaries, International environmental concerns (Greenhouse), Family, community and social cohesion, Crime, Democracy, governance and citizenship.
Headline indicators that summarise progress in each area are included for most dimensions: health, for example, uses life expectancy at birth; national income uses real net national disposable income per capita. Commentary that accompanies the indicators discusses trends in progress together with differences within Australia and the factors influencing change. The aspects of national progress are linked with one another. Changes in one aspect will be associated with changes in many others — sometimes for the better and sometimes for the worse.
Older people, ageing and progress
Much of the information in MAP is broken down by age, and MAP 2004 contains a good deal of information pertinent to older Australians and the ageing population. For instance:
Measures of Australia's Progress is freely available on the ABS website. Go to www.abs.gov.au and you will see a link to the publication (under the "Statistical Products and Services" heading). Printed copies are available from the ABS.
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Australian Social Trends (cat. no. 4102.0) was released on 15 June 2004. This annual publication presents statistical analysis and commentary on a wide range of current social issues. The 30 plus articles are organised into eight chapters, representing the following broad areas of interest: population; family and community; health; education and training; work; economic resources; and housing, as well as a chapter of articles covering other areas of social concern. Each chapter is supported by a set of summary tables including key social indicators which provide an overview of social change over the past decade, as well as how social conditions differ across Australian states and territories. A set of international tables also compares Australia with 17 other nations.
Further details are in Australian Social Trends (cat. no. 4102.0). For further enquiries please contact the National Information and Referral Service on 1300 135 070.
Working Arrangements, Australia (cat. no 6342.0) was released on 9 June 2004. This publication provides information on characteristics of working arrangements of employed persons, including the flexibility of working arrangements and shift work. Among the topics covered are full-time/part-time status, industry, occupation, hours worked, flex time, rostered days off, overtime, absences from work, types of leave used, weekly earnings, availability of child care and information about core employment benefits, such as leave entitlements. Estimates can be cross-classified by labour force demographics such as state, sex, age, marital status and birthplace.
Further details are in Working Arrangements, Australia (cat. no. 6342.0). For further enquiries please contact the National Information and Referral Service on 1300 135 070.
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