1370.0.00.002 - Measures of Australia's Progress - Aspirations for our Nation: A Conversation with Australians about Progress , 2011-12  
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A MAP workshop at Griffith University was attended by researchers in a number of fields including: urban research, suicide prevention, environmental studies, psychology, futures, criminology, business, social science, human services, science engineering and technology.

What they said...

The participants suggested a number of aspirations. They noted that progress needs to be achieved within an inter-generational model, where future generations seven times removed are considered; that a holistic approach is required; and that progress data should reflect the community’s aspirations.


Overarching aspiration: To track how we are achieving and what environment and society will be handed on to our children

Social inclusion and participation – the impacts of these on well-being
The right to housing, shelter, and safety – basic needs being met
The right to appropriate employment – the accountability of employment in meeting Australian’s needs and aspirations and providing education
Education – that allows people to have their own learning journey
Space – national, state, regional and local


Economic mobility – the ability to increase one’s personal wealth, own your business, home, etc.

Sustainable economy and sustainable use of the environment – The economy acknowledges dependence on the sustainable use of natural resources and the environment; on the supply of ecosystem services; on renewable and non-renewable resources; and on how we use them (e.g. rate of use and degradation, efficiency of recycling, ecological footprint per capita)
Security – The economy provides for basic needs for everyone, and stability (people need to know whether they will have a job next year, whether inflation will erode the value of Australia’s currency, etc.)


Raise awareness of the environment – through measures, knowledge, valuing

Value psychological and physical knowledge
The impact of the natural environment on the human environment
Preservation – inter-generational preservation of the natural environment and promotion of this
Equitable access to the natural environment


Overarching aspiration: Eudemonia – a flourishing life

Participation – an active democracy subject to practical constraints such as manageability, time, and resources
Tolerance of difference
Informed decisions guided by a consensual values framework
Equity in all its senses – across many population groups
Transparency – anti-corruption