Australia’s Progress in the 21st Century
Australia’s Progress in the 21st Century (AP21C) is a pilot research and community engagement project which underpins the development of the Australian National Development Index (ANDI)
A collaboration of 40 leading community organisations, church groups, businesses and universities who aim to introduce a holistic measure of progress – ANDI is an index that will reflect the views of Australians in an ongoing, participatory process.
Final Report from the Pilot Project
In July 2013 ACOLA published the final report of the pilot project Australia’s Progress in the Twenty-First Century – measuring the future we want..
Over the past ten years or so, a new global movement has emerged to produce measures of societal progress that go beyond GDP, born out of a growing awareness that such macroeconomic indicators are an incomplete picture of the actual health of our economy, communities, and environment.
In Australia, a network of 50 leading community organisations, church groups, businesses and universities have come together to introduce a holistic measure of progress, called the Australian National Development Index (ANDI). ANDI is an index that will reflect the views of Australians in an ongoing, participatory process. Informed by experts, but defined by Australians, ANDI will tell us in a snapshot, how we are doing as peoples, as communities and as a nation.
‘Australia’s progress in the 21st century’ (AP21C) is a strategic national research pilot to create a sound scientific foundation to inform the development of the ANDI project. As key partners of ANDI, ACOLA and VicHealth have provided $100,000 for the AP21C pilot project to develop key domains of progress, agreement of the most important themes within each domain, the initiation of a university progress research network and a communications strategy to engage ordinary Australians in having a say on what national progress means to them.
The pilot project has already conducted a series of focus groups with community members in New South Wales and Victoria. These focus group findings will be tested in a national online survey. The work is being carried out by the Melbourne based Social Research Centre and will help us get a clearer picture of what Australians are thinking about progress and wellbeing for our country and what they see as the key priorities and values.
AP21C is a major national multi-disciplinary project, involving all four Learned Academies, working closely with the vast network of ANDI partners. AP21C will build on work done by the Australian Bureau of Statistics, and their November 2012 report, ‘Aspirations for our nation: a conversation with Australians about progress’ and review local, national and international best practice in this field. The pilot will also set out plans for a 3 year research project built around 12 key progress domains, as well as an outreach strategy for ongoing engagement with Australians.
Project Working Group
|Professor Anne Edwards
|Professor Joseph Lo Bianco
|Professor Tony McMichael
|Professor Mike Salvaris
|Professor Fiona Stanley
|Dr Jacques De Vos Malan
Project Reference Group
|Adjunct Prof Dennis Trewin (Chair)
|Professor Robert Cummins
| Ms Gemma van Halderen
First Assistant Statistician, ABS
|Associate Professor Geoff Woolcock
Links and Publications
- Australian National Development Index (PDF)
- The media release from the launch of the AP21C Pilot (PDF)
- The speech given by report author Professor Mike Salvaris (PDF)
Contributing consultants’ reports
The following reports were commissioned for the Australia’s Progress in the 21st Century Pilot Report. The views expressed in the consultants reports do not necessarily reflect the findings in the Final Pilot Report, nor those of ACOLA.
- Australia’s Progress in the 21st Century: Pilot Program on Measuring Social Progress (PDF), contributing report
• Peter Saunders and Melissa Wong, Social Policy Research Centre, University of New South Wales.
- Results from the pilot project online survey (PDF)
• Darren Pennay and Mari Wild, The Social Research Centre.
- Qualitative report on community perspectives (PDF)
• Karen Kellard and Darren Pennay, The Social Research Centre.
- A listing and content of extant population surveys to measure aspects of wellbeing: Australia and International (PDF)
• Robert A Cummins and Shannon Aiyuen Choong, School of Psychology, Deakin University.