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Median Incomed Australia Compendium of Si Indicators

Median Incomed Australia Compendium of Si Indicators

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 A compendium of social inclusion indicators
How’s Australia faring?
 A compilation of comparative data undertaken by the
 Australian Social InclusionBoard to inform its advisory work
 AcknowledgementsThis compendium draws on a wide range of data from a variety of sources, principally data held by the Australian Bureau of Statistics and Eurostat. Research and authorship of this compendium ocomparative social inclusion indicators was undertaken by the Australian Social Inclusion Boardindicators working group. Special thanks go to the members of the working group for their generouscontribution of expertise and time. Australian Social Inclusion Board—indicators working groupProfessor Tony Vinson
(lead author)
 – Sydney University Faculty of Education and Social WorkDr Ngiare Brown
 – Sydney University Poche Centre for Indigenous HealthMs Kerry Graham
 – Inspire FoundationProfessor Fiona Stanley –
Telethon Institute for Child Health ResearchSocial Inclusion Unit—Department of the Prime Minister and CabinetJoanne Hillermann, Australian Bureau of Statistics Outposted Officer John Landt, Applied Research, Locational and Data AnalysisJacqui Malins, SecretariatMelanie Preuss, Secretariat A compendium of social inclusion indicators
How’s Australia Faring?
ISBN 978-1-921385-47-6 RTF© Commonwealth of Australia 2009This work is copyright. Apart from any use as permitted under the Copyright Act 1968, no part may bereproduced by any process without prior written permission from the Commonwealth. Requests andinquiries concerning reproduction and rights should be addressed to the Commonwealth Copyright Administration, Attorney General’s Department, National Circuit, Barton ACT 2600 or posted athttp://www.ag.gov.au/ccaIMPORTANT NOTEThe full List of Figures, Tables and Chart for the original publication is provided in this RTF version of the Compendium, however, most of the tables, figures and chart are removed from this document tofacilitate readability and reduce document file size.Tables and figures may be accessed through the full PDF version available online atwww.socialinclusion.gov.au, or by hardcopy on request from the Social Inclusion Unit at the Departmentof the Prime Minister and Cabinet, by emailingsocialinclusionunit@pmc.gov.au.
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The Australian Social Inclusion Board (the Board) was established in May 2008 as the Australian Government’s advisory body on social inclusion. One of our terms of reference isto ‘provide views and input on social inclusion including how to measure disadvantage andsocial exclusion.’ The Board has prepared a compendium of headline indicators of socialinclusion as one means of consulting and providing input on the particular question of how tomeasure disadvantage and social exclusion.
The European Union (EU) began measuring social exclusion with an initial set of headline indicators in2001, and have since added to and subtracted from their selection of indicators. This compendiumcollects Australian data for these indicators in one place for the first time, which will doubtless provide aresource for academics, researchers and analysts with an interest in social inclusion.While providing an opportunity to compare and contrast the situation in Australia to countries in the EU,the compendium can also stimulate broader discussion of social inclusion issues and the best way tomeasure social inclusion in Australia where we can draw on international examples of performancemeasurement; where we can add value and improve measurement and where our particular circumstances might require a different approach. The data in this compendium will contribute to thework of the Board across its terms of reference, not only in the area of measuring social inclusion.The data it contains will support the development of our advice on how to improve social inclusion andwill help to identify areas for attention—for example, an initial scan indicates that groups of peoplereflected in more than one indicator of exclusion include the aged, public sector housing tenants, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, sole parent families and people of non
English speakingbackgrounds. It will also provide a foundation for our report on social inclusion, which will be producedlater in 2009 in response to another of our terms of reference. While this compendium is a collection of data, which is allowed to speak for itself, our report will contain a set of indicators, further developed inlight of the discussion and debate prompted by this compendium, and supplemented with the Board’scommentary, analysis and recommendations. A challenge for the Board has been to order and prioritise the wide-ranging information available. TheIndicators Working Group of the Board has navigated through the data, to arrive at the most usefulselection and comparisons, with assistance from the Social Inclusion Unit of the Department of thePrime Minister and Cabinet (PM&C).The introductory Overview by Professor Vinson outlines the origins and development of the concept of social inclusion and ways in which some countries are systematically measuring progress, especiallywithin the EU. The current global economic circumstances will impact upon the social domainsassessed by many of these indicators. Where Australia has seen a decade of increasing labour forceparticipation and decreasing unemployment rates, that trend is expected to change. As the situationunfolds the Board will continue to closely monitor the financial and social impacts felt by Australians.My thanks go to Professor Tony Vinson, Ms Kerry Graham, Dr Ngiare Brown, Professor Fiona Stanleyand the staff of the Social Inclusion Unit.This compendium can be found online at www.socialinclusion.gov.au along with more on the work of the Australian Social Inclusion Board.If you want to comment on the compendium please use the comments section on the social inclusionwebsite or email the Secretariat at socialinclusionunit@pmc.gov.au.Patricia Faulkner, AOChair—Australian Social Inclusion BoardFebruary 2009

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