This publication, ‘Measures of Australia’s Progress - aspirations for our nation: a conversation with Australians about progress’ provides an account of the aspirations that came from the national consultation to review MAP, undertaken by the ABS in 2011-12.
A decade ago the ABS made a major contribution with the release of the first issue of Measures of Australia's Progress (ABS 2002). At that time, the Bulletin referred to Measures of Australia's Progress (MAP) as a revolutionary set of indicators which provided great insights into how life is improving and at what rate. Ten years on, the ABS, guided by the MAP Expert Reference Group (ERG), has undertaken a national consultation to review MAP, ensuring it remains relevant to today’s society – that we are measuring what Australian society cares about.
The publication provides an overview of the consultation; how it was run and the feedback that has been received. It highlights the ABS’s use of social media to engage new audiences and provides a record of the broad consultation undertaken with individuals, organisations and governments across the nation. The publication also presents an overview of other key progress measurement initiatives, both national and international, and the aspirations that these projects articulate.
The next phase of the MAP review will be to use these consultation results, together with expert statistical advice, to develop a refreshed set of indicators for the next generation of MAP. The aspirations of Australians will form the basis for the release of a new version of MAP in second half of 2013.