1370.0 - Measures of Australia's Progress, 2004  
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Contents >> Dimensions and indicators of progress

Headline dimensions

Headline progress indicatorsSupplementary progress indicatorsOther indicators
HealthLife expectancy at birth
  • Proportion of people surviving to ages 25, 50 and 75
  • Infant mortality rate
  • Avoidable deaths
  • Incidence of all cancer
  • Incidence of heart attacks
  • Burden of disease

Education and trainingPeople aged 25-64 with a vocational or higher education qualification
  • Education participation rate for those aged 15-19
  • Year 7/8 to Year 12 apparent retention rate
  • Education participation rates and attainment levels for those aged 15-64
  • Human capital stock
  • OECD literacy rates, science, reading and mathematics
  • Indigenous to non-indigenous attainment ratios
  • Female students as a proportion of all students

WorkUnemployment rate
  • Extended labour force underutilisation rate
  • Proportion of people working
  • Long- term unemployment rate
  • Retrenchment rate
  • Unemployment to population ratios
  • Casual employees
  • People working part-time or longer hours (50 hours a week worked or more)
  • Average hours per week, full-time workers

National incomeReal net national disposable income per capita
  • Real gross state domestic income per capita
  • Real gross domestic product per capita
  • Population in work
  • Terms of trade
  • Real final consumption expenditure per capita
  • Net national saving as a proportion of GDP
Selected measures of equivalised household disposable income

Financial hardshipAverage real equivalised average weekly disposable income of households in the second and third deciles of the income distribution
  • People with housing stress
Average real equivalised average weekly disposable income of households in the fifth and sixth deciles of the income distribution

National wealthReal national net worth per capita
  • Real national assets and liabilities per capita
  • Real net capital stock per capita
  • Economically demonstrated resources (minerals and energy) per capita
  • Real net foreign debt
  • Real gross fixed capital formation per capita
  • Average household net worth

HousingNo headline indicatorNoneNone

ProductivityMultifactor productivity
  • Labour productivity
  • Expenditure on research and development
  • Managers and professionals, as a proportion of total employment
  • Investment in software, as a proportion of GDP
  • Proportion of businesses with web site or home page
  • Hours worked and quality adjusted hours worked
The natural landscape
  • Threatened birds and mammals Annual area of land cleared Salinity, assets at risk in areas affected, or with a high potential to develop, salinity
  • Water management areas, proportion where use exceeded 70% of sustainable yield
  • Threatened species trend
  • Mammalian extinctions
  • Area of land in conservation reserves
  • Species-threatening invasive animals
  • Exotic mammals established in the wild
  • Weeds of national significance, distribution
  • Native forest area
  • Net water use
  • Dams greater than 100 gigalitres
  • Water diversions: Murray-Darling Basin
  • River condition (biota) index
  • River environment index
  • Area under crops
  • Cattle and sheep numbers
  • Natural and actual flows in the Murray River

The human environmentFine particle concentrations, days health standards exceeded, selected capital cities
  • Highest one hour averages of SO2, selected regional centres
  • Days when ozone concentrations exceeded guidelines, selected capital cities
  • Recycling, Australian Capital Territory

Oceans and estuariesNone
  • Estuarine condition index
  • Oil spills
Fisheries production, value and employment

International environmental concernsNet greenhouse gas emissions
  • Greenhouse emissions, net, per capita and per $ GDP
  • Carbon dioxide measurements
  • Consumption of ozone depleting substances

Family, community and social cohesionNo headline indicator
  • Children and divorce
  • Children without an employed parent
  • Social participation
  • No participation in selected activities
  • Voluntary work
  • Suicide and drug-induced death rates
  • (indicators in the Work dimension are also relevant)
  • Family type
  • Marriage and divorce rates
  • Participation in religious activities

CrimeVictims of personal and household crimesHomicide rateImprisonment rates

Governance, democracy and citizenshipNo headline indicator
  • Proportion of eligible overseas-born residents who are citizens
  • Voter turnout and informal votes cast
  • Women in Federal parliament
  • Volunteering rates for management, committee and coordination work

Supplementary dimensionSupplementary and other indicators
Culture and leisureNo indicators

  • Consumer price index
  • Domestic final demand price index
  • Total final consumption expenditure
  • Total gross fixed capital formation

Competitiveness and openness
  • Trade weighted exchange rate
  • Real unit labour costs
  • Ratio of imports to GDP
  • Ratio of foreign investment inflow to GDP

Communication Computer ownership and internet access, households

  • Passenger vehicles per 1,000 people
  • Road fatalities

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