1383.0.55.001 - Measures of Australia's Progress: Summary Indicators, 2008 (Edition 2)  
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The following summaries on the 14 headline dimensions of progress are grouped into four broad areas:

  • Individuals
  • The economy and economic resources
  • The environment
  • Living together

The table below shows the grouping of the dimensions under each of these areas, and provides points of interest from the following summaries for each dimension.

IndividualsThe economy and
economic resources
The environmentLiving together

1996 to 2006, Life expectancy increases for men and women.

Education and training:
1997 to 2007, More Australians obtain a non-school qualification.

1997 to 2007, The unemployment rate decreases.
National income:
1996-97 to 2006-07, Australia experiences significant real income growth.

Economic hardship:
1994-95 to 2005-06, The real income of low income Australians increases.

National wealth:
1997 to 2007, Australia’s real net worth per person rises.

2005-06, Most Australians are not experiencing overcrowding.

1996-97 to 2006-07, Australia experiences productivity improvement.
The natural landscape:
2000 to 2007, The number of threatened birds and mammals assessed as extinct, endangered or vulnerable rises.

1995 to 2005, The rate of land clearing increased.

The air and atmosphere:
1997 to 2006, Air quality is generally good, even though bushfires have obscured this trend.

1990 to 2006, Net greenhouse gas emissions have risen.

Oceans and estuaries:
1996 to 2006, The number of fish species classified as overfished increases for Commonwealth fisheries.
Family, community and social cohesion:
2000 to 2006, More Australians are participating in voluntary work.

1998 to 2005, Rates of personal crime increase slightly, and household crime rates decrease.

Democracy, governance and citizenship:
2004 to 2007, The vast majority of eligible Australians are enrolled to vote.