WHAT IS MAP?
This publication is designed to help Australians address the question, 'Is life in Australia getting better?'. MAP provides a digestible selection of statistical evidence in answer to this question. Australians can use this evidence to form their own view of how our country is progressing.
The range of key statistical measures that MAP presents demonstrate change. They are grouped under three broad headings: the society, the economy and the environment.
Within these broad domains several dimensions are addressed, such as health and work within the social domain, national income within the economic domain, and biodiversity within the environmental domain.
Within each dimension there are a range of statistical measures presented, known as progress indicators. These indicators tell a story about the extent of progress within that dimension.
The indicators directly address the notion of progress, and some contextual measures are also included which provide useful context to support the progress information. In addition, for some dimensions, information that relates to specific groups of interest, such as older people, men and women, or Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples is included.
The major domains of progress that are included in MAP, and their underlying dimensions, are illustrated in the table below. For more information about the structure of MAP see What is the underlying structure of MAP? For information about how to access the information and get around MAP go to How do I navigate this product?
For a full list of dimensions and indicators see Appendix A
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