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1383.0.55.001 - Measures of Australia's Progress: Summary Indicators, 2005  
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Contents >> Progress in Australia: The headline dimensions

The following commentaries on the 15 headline dimensions are structured around four broad areas of progress:


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

IndividualsThe economy and
economic resources
The environmentLiving together in our
society
Health:
1993 - 2003, Life
expectancy increases
for men and women.


Education and
training:

1994 - 2004, More
Australians obtain
a non-school
qualification.


Work:
1994 - 2004, The
unemployment
rate generally
decreases.
National income:
1993-94 - 2003-04,
Australia experiences
significant real income
growth.

Financial hardship:
1994-95 - 2002-03,
The real income of low
income Australians
increases.

National wealth:
1994 - 2004,
Australia’s real net
worth per capita rises.

Housing:
2001, Housing
in Australia is
generally good.


Productivity:
1993-94 - 2003-04,
Australia experiences

productivity improvement.
The natural
landscape:

1993 - 2004, Some
of the indicators
suggest regress in
this dimension.

The human
environment:

1997 - 2003, Air
quality is generally
good, even though
forest fires have
obscured this trend.

Oceans and
estuaries:

2002, Most estuaries
are largely unmodified
and many are pristine.

International
environmental
concerns:

1992 - 2002,
Greenhouse gas
emissions generally
rise.
Family, community
and social cohesion:

1995 - 2002, More
Australians are
participating in
voluntary work.

Crime:
1993 - 2002, Rates of
personal crime increase
slightly, and household
crime rates change little.


Democracy, governance
and citizenship:

1996 - 2001, More long-term
overseas-born
residents are becoming
citizens.



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