Measuring the progress of a nation is one of the most important and challenging tasks a statistical office undertakes. The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) first published Measures of Australia's Progress (MAP) in 2002, and released a highly successful update in 2010 (abs.gov.au/about/progress). In 2011, we would like to hear from you about whether MAP continues to provide information on the issues Australians care about. MAP is about measuring whether life in Australia is getting better. If you were asked this question, what would you think about? Housing affordability? Health? The environment?
The MAP team are planning a wide consultation. We hope to generate a national discussion about what Australians care about in terms of progress, and whether our national progress statistics are focusing on those priorities. We will be working with NSS and ABS user networks and a range of individuals and organisations, involved in gathering community views in this area. We will also be guided by panels of experts and leading thinkers from government, business, academia and community organisations. Individuals can also provide their views through the blog on the MAP website (www.abs.gov.au/about/progress/blog)
We want to find out about the aspirations of Australians in four areas: social, economic, governance and environmental progress. We will also be asking about what outcomes and measures will indicate we are moving towards those aspirations. The feedback collected will assist in developing a statistical framework that will reflect many different perspectives and guide the process of measuring progress, allowing new, targeted measures to be developed.
For more detailed information, readers can access the MAP 2010 Feature Article on 'Future directions for measuring Australia's progress'.