This section sets out the results of the ABS’s consultation. These results are presented as a list of aspirational statements developed through the ABS’s conversation with Australians about what is important to them for national progress; that is, their aspirations for the nation.
In order to draw together the many views and topics expressed in the consultation, we have undertaken a methodical thematic analysis of the feedback received. This process occurred at each stage of the consultation and allowed the ABS to summarise feedback, whilst remaining true to the range of ideas expressed. It also resulted in a set of aspirations that evolved and continued to be refined throughout the consultation process. In this way, the ABS hopes that the aspirations presented in this section resonate with all the consultation participants and with Australians more generally. The ABS also hopes that due to their broad nature, the aspirations will be fairly stable over time.
This section provides an explanation of how the results have been organised. The results have been structured in this hierarchical way to support a clear and logical presentation of the broad and more detailed ideas expressed by the Australian public (see figure 6.1).Descriptions of the four domains are also provided, including for the new domain of governance. Lastly, and most importantly, Australians’ aspirations for national progress are provided both in summary and detailed form.