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1370.0 - Measures of Australia's Progress, 2010  
Previous ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 15/09/2010   
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GRAPHS, DIMENSIONS AND FURTHER INFORMATION

Graph Features

Those wanting a quick figure from the graphs on the dashboard pages can simply hover the mouse over the graph above the timing point of interest. As illustrated in the graphic below, the figure will appear in a small box.

Image: Example of how hovering over a data point will provide that data.

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Headline and Supplementary Dimensions

Altogether, MAP has seventeen headline dimensions of progress. These dimensions reflect key aspects of life and are considered important in assessing whether life in Australia is getting better.

In addition, there are five supplementary dimensions. Although not given headline status, these are included in MAP in recognition of their relevance to the progress story.

For a full list of dimensions and indicators see Appendix A to full list.


Contextual Information

This information provides important context to the summarised information at higher levels in the product. For example, it sets out the relationship of the data to the social, economic or environmental issues of concern in each dimension.

It also draws out some of the key points underlying the data and, where necessary, explains where the data is problematic or where new data may become available soon.

This part of the product is useful for those who relate more easily to text than graphs.

Population Group Information

Rates of progress may differ between various subgroups of the Australian population. Where possible we have included state and territory differences, age and sex differences, data on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and international comparisons. We do not draw attention to every difference, nor do we systematically compare progress between men and women, between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and other Australians, or between other groups of people. However, the commentary draws attention to differences that are particularly noticeable.

International comparisons, References and Glossary

International comparisons for the headline and/or supplementary indicator(s) are included for each dimension, where possible. This information is important as it shows where Australia sits internationally.

In addition, every dimension has a list of references and a glossary to explain the terms used in the text.

 

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