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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 number of local governments have also taken the initiative to develop indicators about the progress of their local communities. Most of these projects aim to provide residents with statistical information about their local community and how their neighbourhoods are performing against a number of well-being benchmarks. This is becoming a wide-spread approach for local governments. For example, in NSW local governments are required to report on the state of their communities through strategic plans that outline outcomes, objectives and ways to measure progress towards benchmarks.

It is impossible to represent all the work done of this type, but a few examples of these kinds of initiatives are listed here. For instance, Brisbane City Council’s ‘Living in Brisbane 2026’ presents the community’s long-term plan to tackle issues associated with population pressures, climate change and skill shortages. Hurstville City Council’s ‘Community strategic plan’ focuses on the four broad goals of social diversity, prosperity, sustainability and leadership.

Another example is that of Penrith City Council who are currently in the process of establishing a set of liveability indicators for their community. The aim is to measure liveability outcomes for particular areas of interest to the community. Penrith City Council is also leading a project to develop a nationally consistent indicator set with the support of the Australian Centre for Excellence in Local Government (see Australian Centre of Excellence for Local Government, 2012). Penrith also successfully put forward a motion to the June 2012 Local Government National Assembly to support investigation into a national community indicator framework for local government (see Australia Local Government Association, 2012). The ABS supports the aspiration for a nationally consistent approach to Local Government, particularly where this allows comparison with state and national indicator frameworks.

The Sydney City Council has also taken steps to develop a community indicator framework for the city, aiming to measure successful, integrated and resilient communities. Finally, Wyndham City Council made a submission to the MAP consultation detailing aspirations for the four MAP domains based on their understanding of their community’s concerns.

Living in Brisbane 2026 – vision themes


Friendly, safe city

Active, healthy city

Vibrant, creative city
Smart, prosperous cityClean, green city

Well-designed, subtropical city

Accessible, connected city
Regional and world city

Note: grouping into society, economy, environment and governance is to allow for comparisons with MAP only.

Hurstville City – Hurstville Community Strategic Plan


Social and cultural development

Creating a diverse, harmonious and inclusive city that provides a range of social, cultural, educational and leisure opportunities
Economic prosperity

Increasing Hurstville’s level of income and capital, and distributing this wealth to the community in the form of local facilities, services and jobs
Environmental sustainability

Protecting and improving the city’s natural and built environments and cultural assets for the health, wellbeing and benefit of current and future residents
Civic leadership

A highly effective, efficient and accountable organisation which engages with the community to provide responsive and relevant services

Note: grouping into society, economy, environment and governance is to allow for comparisons with MAP only.

Penrith City Council – Liveability Indicators for Penrith City (proposed)*






Leisure and recreation

Mental health

Open spaces


Sense of place
Business diversity and health


Air quality


Climate change and adaptation


Land Use


Waste and recycling


Communication and influence

Ethical and equitable


Provision of services

Note: grouping into society, economy, environment and governance is to allow for comparisons with MAP only.

* These areas are tentative, that is, they are yet to be finalised by Penrith City Council.

Sydney City Council – five policy domains


Healthy, safe and inclusive communities

Culturally rich and vibrant communities
Dynamic, resilient local economiesSustainable built and natural environmentsDemocratic and engaged communities

Note: grouping into society, economy, environment and governance is to allow for comparisons with MAP only.

Wyndham City Council



Education and training



Financial hardship

Families and communities


National wealth

National income




Human settlements

Estuaries and oceans

Contributions to international concerns
Human rights

Law and justice

Administration of government

Civic participation

Democratic process

Local government

Regulation of public and private institutions

Note: grouping into society, economy, environment and governance is to allow for comparisons with MAP only.

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