In April 2002, the Australian Bureau of Statistics made a major contribution to measuring whether life is getting better in Australia with the release of the first issue of Measures of Australia's Progress (MAP), then called Measuring Australia's Progress. At that time, the Bulletin referred to this publication as a revolutionary set of indicators which provided great insights on how life is improving, and at what rate. As a result, the Bulletin nominated the Australian Statistician as one of Australia's Smart 100 in 2003.
Setting out a suite of social, economic and environmental indicators that aim to measure a country's progress continues to be one of the most important and challenging tasks that a national statistical agency undertakes. In this 2010 edition of Measures of Australia's Progress, the ABS has met those challenges by including a number of changes that improve the usefulness of the information for the Australian community.
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