Economic growth, wellbeing and sustainability: measuring Australia’s progress

Gemma van Halderen, Joanne Baker
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In 2002, the Australian Bureau of Statistics became the first national statistical agency to produce a broad-focused measuring tool for assessing national progress, developing what was then known as Measuring Australia’s Progress. MAP was developed to help Australians assess whether life in Australia is getting better. The MAP framework is a proud legacy, and one the ABS will consider building upon should resources become available in the future. In particular, the MAP consultation process and the refreshed edition of MAP 2013 were key milestones for Australia, adding significantly to understanding Australian’s aspirations for whether life in Australia is getting better and to the field of measuring progress, both domestically and internationally.