Australian Community Indicators Network
This seminar includes an overview of the Australian Community Indicators Network (ACIN) and the status of community indicators nationally. Two significant case studies of community indicator projects (one local government and one state government) are also presented.
Geoff Woolcock provides an historical overview of the ACIN. He also presents on Australian community indicators generally in respect to the:
- Principles and achievements
- Issues and challenges
- Government's role
- National strategy and leadership
- Commitment and conclusion.
A second presentation is jointly provided by Emma Lawson and Murray Arthur-Worsop on the 2011 update of the South Australia Strategic Plan (SASP). In particular they explore:
- the process of community and government engagement for building ownership over the plan both inside and outside state government.
- the Alliance program – an ongoing program which involves the non-government sector and business in the implementation of targets.
- internal government implementation of the Plan.
- the role of the Audit Committee in monitoring achievement against the Plan’s targets and measurement of success.
The third presentation includes Raymond de Silva speaking about his journey of developing an in-house set of headline indicators for community well-being for the City of Melville, a local government municipality Council in Western Australia. Amendments to local government legislation in WA required local governments to:
- engage more effectively with their communities to capture strategic long-term visions and priorities (a community plan);
- incorporate these business planning, corporate strategies and operations/service delivery;
- report on both performance and outcomes intended to meet community planning objectives.
Geoff Woolcock, Chair of the ACIN Steering Group, is Adjunct Associate Professor at the School of Human Services and Social Work, Urban Research Program, Griffith University – Logan in Queensland. He is particularly interested in both indicators of social sustainability and the factors that contribute to building child and youth friendly communities.
Emma Lawson is Director of Participation and Partnerships at the South Australian Department of the Premier and Cabinet. She has extensive experience in government across the parliamentary, political, policy and community engagement fields over 14 years. In her current role she is responsible for heading up the community engagement process for the update of the SASP.
Murray Arthur-Worsop is currently Director, Regulatory Reform in the South Australian Cabinet Office and heads a policy team responsible for the environmental, consumer and business services, industrial relations and public sector reform portfolios of government, and SA input to national regulatory reform initiatives. His team also has responsibility for the SASP, including the SASP Audit Committee.
Raymond de Silva, a member of the ACIN Steering Group, is the Social Sustainability Coordinator at the City of Melville in Western Australia. Ray developed the City’s Stakeholder Relationships Framework in 2011 and is also the Project Manager for the first Revision of the City’s Strategic Community Plan. Current projects include the redesign of community well-being measures, social impact assessment and corporate social responsibility.
Below are the slides used in the presentations;
Presentation by Geoff Woolcock
Presentation by Emma Lawson and Murray Arthur-Worsop
Presentation by Raymond de Silva
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