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1370.0 - Measures of Australia's Progress, 2013  
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Measures of Australia's Progress

Working together for a healthy environment

Australians aspire for government, business and communities to work together locally and globally for a healthy environment

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A data gap currently exists for working together for a healthy environment


    Why is this theme important?

    Australians told us they saw achieving a healthy environment as a collective effort. They felt that the natural environment affects everyone, and that all people, groups, businesses and nations have a responsibility to participate in protecting it. In caring for and sustaining the environment, they hoped for alignment between the different levels of government, for collaboration and linking across public and private activities and initiatives, and for international cooperation.

    In MAP there are several types of data gaps where:
    1. the concept is not yet developed enough to measure;
    2. the concept is important for progress but may not lend itself to meaningful measurement;
    3. there is no data of sufficient quality to inform on progress; or
    4. there is only one data point, so a progress assessment cannot be made.

    While we are considering ways to better understand progress of working together for a healthy environment, the concept is broad and difficult to summarise in any one measure. In order to capture the spirit of this idea in a measure, further development will need to be undertaken. We will continue to explore options for a suitable indicator in the future.

    But that is not the whole story...

    While there are several elements to this theme of working together for a healthy environment, each is currently a data gap due to the difficulties in measuring progress in this area. We will continue to explore options for suitable indicators in the future.

    Check out useful links tab for this chapter for more information.

A data gap currently exists for participation in working together for a healthy environment

In MAP there are several types of data gaps where:
1. the concept is not yet developed enough to measure;
2. the concept is important for progress but may not lend itself to meaningful measurement;
3. there is no data of sufficient quality to inform on progress; or
4. there is only one data point, so a progress assessment cannot be made.

A range of possible indicators are being considered for participation in working together for a healthy environment, such as the proportion of people involved in environmental organisations. In order to capture the spirit of this idea in a measure, further development will need to be undertaken. We will continue to explore options for a suitable indicator in the future.

While there are other elements besides participation within the theme of working together for a healthy environment, each is currently a data gap due to the difficulties in measuring progress in this area. We will continue to explore options for suitable indicators in the future.

Check out useful links tab for this chapter for more information.
A data gap currently exists for the alignment of environmental activities and initiatives

In MAP there are several types of data gaps where:
1. the concept is not yet developed enough to measure;
2. the concept is important for progress but may not lend itself to meaningful measurement;
3. there is no data of sufficient quality to inform on progress; or
4. there is only one data point, so a progress assessment cannot be made.

At the moment we are considering this element to be the second type of data gap listed above, i.e. although the concept is important for progress, it may not lend itself to meaningful measurement. This being the case, while we will continue to consider this area of progress there is no guarantee that we will have a progress indicator for it in the future.

While there are other elements besides the alignment of environmental activities and initiatives within the theme of working together for a healthy environment, each is currently a data gap due to the difficulties in measuring progress in this area. We will continue to explore options for suitable indicators in the future.

Check out useful links tab for this chapter for more information.
A data gap currently exists for collaboration towards a healthy environment

In MAP there are several types of data gaps where:
1. the concept is not yet developed enough to measure;
2. the concept is important for progress but may not lend itself to meaningful measurement;
3. there is no data of sufficient quality to inform on progress; or
4. there is only one data point, so a progress assessment cannot be made.

A range of possible indicators are being considered for collaboration towards a healthy environment, such as expenditure on environmental research and development. In order to capture the spirit of this idea in a measure, further development will need to be undertaken. We will continue to explore options for a suitable indicator in the future.

While there are other elements besides collaboration towards a healthy environment within the theme of working together for a healthy environment, each is currently a data gap due to the difficulties in measuring progress in this area. We will continue to explore options for suitable indicators in the future.

Check out useful links tab for this chapter for more information.
A data gap currently exists for the recognition of shared environmental responsibility

In MAP there are several types of data gaps where:
1. the concept is not yet developed enough to measure;
2. the concept is important for progress but may not lend itself to meaningful measurement;
3. there is no data of sufficient quality to inform on progress; or
4. there is only one data point, so a progress assessment cannot be made.

At the moment we are considering this element to be the second type of data gap listed above, i.e. although the concept is important for progress, it may not lend itself to meaningful measurement. This being the case, while we will continue to consider this area of progress there is no guarantee that we will have a progress indicator for it in the future.

While there are other elements besides the recognition of shared environmental responsibility within the theme of working together for a healthy environment, each is currently a data gap due to the difficulties in measuring progress in this area. We will continue to explore options for suitable indicators in the future.

Check out useful links tab for this chapter for more information.
A data gap currently exists for Australia's involvement in international work for a healthy environment.

In MAP there are several types of data gaps where:
1. the concept is not yet developed enough to measure;
2. the concept is important for progress but may not lend itself to meaningful measurement;
3. there is no data of sufficient quality to inform on progress; or
4. there is only one data point, so a progress assessment cannot be made.

We propose to use Australian foreign aid towards the environment as a progress indicator for the international element in the future. Improvements need to be made to the consistent reporting of this data before we can be confident in its use.

While there are other elements besides Australia's involvement in international work for a healthy environment within the theme of working together for a healthy environment, each is currently a data gap due to the difficulties in measuring progress in this area. We will continue to explore options for suitable indicators in the future.

Check out useful links tab for this chapter for more information.

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