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MEASURING AUSTRALIA'S PROGRESS
The project has been underway for over a year now and the ABS has received continual feedback from subject matter experts from both within and outside the ABS.
We recently conducted a fairly large consultation of key stakeholders. As a first step Jon Hall and other members of the project team met with many government departments including: Treasury, Environment Australia, Productivity Commission, Department of Education, Training and Youth Affairs, Department of Employment, Workplace Relations and Small Business, Department of Health and Aged Care and the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare.
During May, Jon presented seminars in all States and Territories that provided an outline of the proposed content and design of the publication. Jon spoke to some 250 people from outside the ABS, and about 450 consultation packs were sent out. In addition to the many comments received during the seminars, we received about 60 detailed written submissions. People were overwhelmingly supportive of the project's aims and MAP's approach to measuring progress, although there were criticisms of some of our suggested indicators and suggestions for improvements. The consultation closed at the end of June and enabled us to finalise both the headline and supplementary indicators. In the next few weeks we will be releasing a response to all the significant comments suggested in the consultation and whether (and how) we plan to take them on board in MAP's first issue.
After the publication is released in April 2002, the ABS will host a workshop to discuss the publication and consider how it should be refined in the future.
For more information, please contact Cristy Williams on (02) 6252 5546.
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