1392.0 - Statistical News SA, Jun 2009  
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SA to participate in national discussion on community indicators

Policy and decision-makers from around Australia will assemble on 22-23 July 2009 to discuss a national approach to the development of community-based indicators. The Community Indicators Summit 09 will provide a unique opportunity for those interested in community indicators to share experiences, exchange ideas and report on advancements in the field in Australia and internationally.

Community-based indicators are gaining impetus in an important global discussion about moving 'beyond GDP' as merely an economic measure of progress in societies to include social and environmental concerns. The Summit is part of the OECD's Global Project on Measuring the Progress of Societies which highlights these needs. Keynote speaker Jon Hall, Manager, OECD World Forum Project, will report on international developments and the 3rd OECD World Forum to be held in Busan, Korea later this year.

The Australian Bureau of Statistics and the Summit Project Board are developing an exciting program which will allow delegates to discuss issues regarding the development of community indicators for the future. A number of highly respected industry leaders across government, non-government, academic and business sectors have agreed to share their experiences and contribute to the discussion on developing a common set of indicators to Australia. Speakers include:

  • David Tune, Associate Secretary (Domestic Policy), Prime Minister and Cabinet
  • Mark Francis, Executive Director, Policy Development and Coordination, Qld Department of Communities
  • Jackie Huggins - Indigenous Leader, Director of Telstra Foundation
  • Leigh Gatt, Managing Director, Gatt Consulting, New Zealand Big Cities
  • Dr Lance Emerson - CEO, Australian Research Alliance for Children and Youth (ARACY)

One of the major outcomes expected from the Summit is the establishment of a national network of community indicators practitioners as part of an evolving National Statistical Service. The Summit will examine how community indicator practitioners can work towards a more coordinated, coherent and consistent approach to measuring progress and well-being at the international, national and sub-national level.

Registrations are flowing in for the Summit now. If you wish to be part of it contact inquiries@nss.gov.au or log on to www.nss.gov.au for more details.