1383.0.55.001 - Measures of Australia's Progress: Summary Indicators, 2005  
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Contents >> Continuing development and other initiatives

The headline indicators form a core set of statistics for reporting on Australia's progress. But the 15 dimensions we have chosen will change over time, because, for example:

  • Thinking may change about what is important to national progress.
  • There may be conceptual developments relating to one or more dimensions of progress (such as social cohesion).
  • There may be statistical developments that allow us to measure aspects of progress for which we do not at present construct indicators.

The commentary accompanying each headline indicator discusses what an ideal progress indicator might be for each dimension. The conceptually ideal indicators may, in some cases, help guide the continuing development of Measures of Australia's Progress.

There are countless initiatives at the international, national and sub-national levels around the world.
A selection is mentioned below.

  • The United Kingdom Government's Indicators of Sustainable Development, at:www.sustainable-development.gov.uk/indicators/index.htm
  • In 2003, the USA's General Accounting Office, in cooperation with the National Academies, hosted a forum on Key National Performance Indicators in Washington D.C. The objective of the Forum was to discuss whether and how to develop a set of key national indicators for the United States of America. More information is at:http://www.gao.gov/npi

    Further to the above, the USA's General Accounting Office released a report in November 2004 -
    Informing Our Nation: Improving How to Understand and Assess the USA's Position and Progress. It can be found at:http://www.gao.gov/new.items/d051.pdf
  • The Australian Collaboration (a group of major national non-governmental organisation peak bodies including: Australian Conservation Foundation, Australian Council of Social Services, Australian Consumers Association, Australian Council for Overseas Aid, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Commission, Federation of Ethnic Communities' Councils of Australia, and National Council of Churches) produced two reports Where are we going: comprehensive social, cultural and environmental reporting, and A Just and Sustainable Australia. They can be found at: www.australiancollaboration.com.au/reports.htm
  • The OECD's report (2001) The Well-being of Nations: the Role of Human and Social Capital covers the integration of societal wellbeing measures with economic and environmental ones. It can be found at:http://new.SourceOECD.org
  • Other useful references are provided by the International Institute of Sustainable Development's web site, at:http://www.iisd.ca

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