Measures of Australia's Progress (MAP) presents reliable, easy to understand information that describes how Australia is progressing across a range of social, economic and environmental measures. MAP is designed to inform and stimulate public debate and encourage all Australians to assess a broader view of progress.
How has Australia progressed?
Health: During the past decade Australia's health improved – children born in 2009 were expected to live two or three years longer than those born in 1999.
Education and training: During the past 10 years, the Australian population became more educated - between 1999 and 2009 the proportion of people with a vocational or higher education qualification rose from 49% to 63%.
Work: Despite the recent economic downturn, Australia's annual average unemployment rate was lower in 2009 (5.6%) than in 1999 (6.9%).
National income: Australia experienced significant real income growth during the past decade. Between 1998-99 and 2008-09, real net national disposable income per capita grew by 2.6% a year.
National wealth: National wealth, as measured in Australia's balance sheet, grew over the last decade. Real national net worth per capita increased by about 0.9% a year between June 1999 and June 2009.
Household economic wellbeing: In the decade to 2007-08, the real average household income of low income Australians grew by 41% and over the same period the real average household income of middle income Australians grew by 46%.
Where can Australia improve?
Biodiversity: There's been a decline in Australia's biodiversity over the past decade with the number of threatened fauna species increasing by 37%.
Atmosphere: Australia's total net greenhouse gas emissions in 2008 were 16% higher than they were in 1998.
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