1383.0.55.001 - Measures of Australia's Progress: Summary Indicators, 2007 (Edition 2)  
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The following summaries on the 14 headline dimensions are grouped into four broad areas of progress:

  • Individuals
  • The economy and economic resources
  • The environment
  • Living together.

The table below shows the grouping of the dimensions under each of these areas, and provides points of interest from the following summaries for each dimension.

IndividualsThe economy and
economic resources
The environmentLiving together

1995 to 2005, Life expectancy increases for men and women.

Education and training:
1996 to 2006, More Australians obtain a non-school qualification.

1996 to 2006, The unemployment rate decreases.
National income:
1995–96 to 2005–06, Australia experiences significant real income growth.

Economic hardship:
1995–96 to 2005–06, The real income of low income Australians increases.

National wealth:
1996 to 2006, Australia’s real net worth per capita rises.

2003–04, Most Australians are not
experiencing overcrowding.

1995–96 to 2005–06, Australia experiences productivity improvement.
The natural landscape:
1996 to 2006, The number of threatened
birds and mammals rises.

1994 to 2004, The rate of land clearing declines slightly.

The air and atmosphere:
1997 to 2005, Air quality is generally good, even though bushfires have obscured this trend.

1990 to 2005, Greenhouse gas emissions
have risen.

Oceans and estuaries:
1996 to 2005, The number of fish species classified as overfished increases for Commonwealth fisheries.
Family, community and social cohesion:
2000 to 2006, More Australians are
participating in voluntary work.

1998 to 2005, Rates of personal crime
increase slightly, and household crime rates decrease.

Democracy, governance and citizenship:
2001 to 2006, The vast majority of eligible Australians are enrolled to vote.