1383.0.55.001 - Measures of Australia's Progress: Summary Indicators, 2008 (Edition 2)  
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Measures of Australia's Progress (MAP): Summary Indicators, is part of the suite of Measures of Australia's Progress products produced by the ABS. This suite includes Measures of Australia's Progress (cat. no. 1370.0), which presents a detailed set of indicators, currently released every five years, and Measures of Australia's Progress: At a Glance (cat. no. 1383.0.55.002), a small summary booklet released annually. The MAP products are designed to inform Australians of changes in their lives and the human and natural environment.

Measures of Australia's Progress: Summary Indicators provides a summary of measures which relate to the 14 headline dimensions of progress presented in MAP. It presents the headline indicators (where a headline indicator is available) at the national level, and a brief discussion about the measure and associated trends.


State and territory spreadsheets for the headline indicators are now available from the ABS website (where data are available). While these data provide a suite of statistics across the dimensions of progress for each state/territory, they will not necessarily function as progress indicators at this level. Rather, the data are primarily presented to help users understand the relative contribution of each state/territory to the national headline indicator.


As MAP draws on data from a number of different sources, released at different times of the year, it is inevitable that more recent data will become available for the headline indicators at some stage following release of the Summary Indicators product.

While the timing of release of MAP: Summary Indicators, 2008 (Edition 1) was chosen to allow most of the indicators to be as up to date as possible, one data source was expected to have new data available in the months following the release: the National Greenhouse Gas Inventory 2006, produced by the Australian Government Department of Climate Change.

To ensure that the MAP: Summary Indicators publication remains up-to-date, data and text for the following sections has now been updated:

  • Biodiversity - the land clearing section
  • Atmosphere - greenhouse gas emissions.


For further information about these and related statistics, contact the National Information and Referral Service on 1300 135 070 or David Haynes on Canberra (02) 6252 7774.