Chapter 1: A System of Social Statistics
The introductory chapter presents the overall framework for social statistics currently used in the ABS. Key elements of this system are discussed, such as the areas of concern concept, social indicators, social issues, population groups, and counting units. Chapter One also discusses issues involved in defining wellbeing for statistical measurement, and the importance of being able to measure change in wellbeing over time. A transaction model is delineated that focuses on the transactions taking place within the social environment. These transactions are shown as central to maintaining and changing levels of wellbeing over time, both at the individual and societal level. The chapter also discusses the concept of social capital. A section outlining the structure of the publication and suggesting a method for approaching the measurement of wellbeing is included.