1383.0.55.001 - Measures of Australia's Progress: Summary Indicators, 2007 (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), currently released every three years, with the latest issue being 2006, and Measures of Australia's Progress: At a Glance (cat. no. 1383.0.55.002), a small summary booklet released annually. The MAP products aim to provide a digestible set of statistical evidence to allow Australians to make their own assessment of whether life in Australia is getting better.

Measures of Australia's Progress: Summary Indicators, presents 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 summary discussion about the measure and associated trends.


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, 2007 (Edition 1) was chosen to allow most of the indicators to be as up to date as possible, three sources were expected to have new data available in the months following its release. These were the National Greenhouse Gas Inventory 2005, produced by the Australian Greenhouse Office, the ABS Survey of Income and Housing 2005-06, and the ABS Voluntary Work Survey, 2005-06.

To ensure that the MAP Summary Indicators publication remains up-to-date, we have updated data and text in the following sections:

  • Economic hardship
  • Biodiversity – the land clearing section
  • Atmosphere – greenhouse gas emissions
  • Family, community and social cohesion – voluntary work section.

We had originally planned to update the housing occupancy data in the Housing section as well. These data have not been updated as the 2005-06 edition of Housing Occupancy and Costs, Australia (cat. no. 4130.0.55.001) will not be released until late in 2007.


For further information about these and related statistics, contact the National Information and Referral Service on 1300 135 070 or Josie Barac on Canberra (02)6252 5414.