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How to use the Australian Social Progress Index

  • Select an indicator from the dropdown list, and choose a year from the slider to compare available States and Territories data for the indicator, for that year.
  • To see a scorecard for a particular State or Territory, click within their boundary on the map or use the above navigation.

Australian Capital Territory

Score

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Find out what this means for ACT

  • ACT was a top performer in overall social progress and the three dimensions used to calculate it (Basic Human Needs, Foundations of Wellbeing, and Opportunity).
  • ACT social progress scores were still a distance away from the ‘best case’ scores (100) – there are always things that could be improved.
  • Higher scoring components were personal rights, access to advanced education and access to basic knowledge.
  • Poorer relative performance from ACT were in its rankings for personal freedom and choice and shelter.

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Basic Human Needs

  • Nutrition & Basic Medical Care
  • Water & Sanitation
  • Shelter
  • Personal Safety

Foundations of Wellbeing

  • Access to Basic Knowledge
  • Access to Information & Communications
  • Health & Wellness
  • Environmental Quality

Opportunity

  • Personal Rights
  • Personal Freedom & Choice
  • Inclusiveness
  • Access to Advanced Education

New South Wales

Score

Rank

Year

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  • NSW ranked either 2nd or 3rd in overall social progress across all years of the Index.
  • NSW ranked well for water and sanitation, access to information and communication, and nutrition and basic medical care.
  • Lowest ranking components included environmental quality, inclusiveness, and shelter.
  • Apart from NT, NSW was one of the states have the greatest improvement in its overall social progress score from 2015 to 2018.

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Basic Human Needs

  • Nutrition & Basic Medical Care
  • Water & Sanitation
  • Shelter
  • Personal Safety

Foundations of Wellbeing

  • Access to Basic Knowledge
  • Access to Information & Communications
  • Health & Wellness
  • Environmental Quality

Opportunity

  • Personal Rights
  • Personal Freedom & Choice
  • Inclusiveness
  • Access to Advanced Education

Northern Territory

Score

Rank

Year

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  • NT was the lowest ranking state or territory in social progress across all years of the Index. This is an indication that there are policies and structures in place that are not meeting the needs of those living in the NT, rather than an indication of the ‘progressiveness’ of people living in the territory.
  • There was improvement in NT’s overall social progress between 2015 and 2018 – showing some of the greatest overall improvement compared to most states and territories.
  • Particular areas for improvement are access to basic education, water and sanitation, and shelter. These are all factors that are likely to be influenced by the high proportion of the territory that is remote or very remote, which can impact on access to some of the services that are easier to access in urban or regional areas.
  • NT was ranked well on inclusiveness and environmental quality.

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Basic Human Needs

  • Nutrition & Basic Medical Care
  • Water & Sanitation
  • Shelter
  • Personal Safety

Foundations of Wellbeing

  • Access to Basic Knowledge
  • Access to Information & Communications
  • Health & Wellness
  • Environmental Quality

Opportunity

  • Personal Rights
  • Personal Freedom & Choice
  • Inclusiveness
  • Access to Advanced Education

Queensland

Score

Rank

Year

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  • Queensland was consistently ranked between 4th and 6th on overall social progress.
  • Higher performing components were personal freedom and choice and environmental quality.
  • Lower ranked components included shelter, personal rights, health and wellness, and inclusiveness.
  • Queensland’s overall social progress score and ranking is likely influenced by high performance in some components and poorer performance in others. For overall improvement in social progress, all components must improve.

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Basic Human Needs

  • Nutrition & Basic Medical Care
  • Water & Sanitation
  • Shelter
  • Personal Safety

Foundations of Wellbeing

  • Access to Basic Knowledge
  • Access to Information & Communications
  • Health & Wellness
  • Environmental Quality

Opportunity

  • Personal Rights
  • Personal Freedom & Choice
  • Inclusiveness
  • Access to Advanced Education

South Australia

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Year

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  • South Australia ranked 5th or 6th for all years the Index was calculated.
  • Poorer performing components for SA were nutrition and basic medical care, water and sanitation, personal rights, and environmental quality.
  • Despite having solar electricity and relative environmental progressiveness, no air quality data has been available since 2012. Updated data is needed to calculate the most representative index possible.
  • Higher performing components include shelter, access to higher education, health and wellness, and inclusiveness.

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Basic Human Needs

  • Nutrition & Basic Medical Care
  • Water & Sanitation
  • Shelter
  • Personal Safety

Foundations of Wellbeing

  • Access to Basic Knowledge
  • Access to Information & Communications
  • Health & Wellness
  • Environmental Quality

Opportunity

  • Personal Rights
  • Personal Freedom & Choice
  • Inclusiveness
  • Access to Advanced Education

Tasmania

Score

Rank

Year

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Find out what this means for TAS

  • Tasmania ranked between 3rd and 5th across the years of the Index.
  • It was one of the highest performers for some components of the Opportunity dimension. It consistently ranked first for personal freedom and choice and second for personal rights. However, it also ranked 8th every year for access to advanced education.
  • Similar to South Australia, despite having hydroelectricity, Tasmania’s available air quality data has not been updated recently – higher quality recent data is necessary to better reflect Tasmania’s environmental progress.
  • Other components that were the lowest ranked for Tasmania were access to information and communication, health and wellness, and shelter.

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Basic Human Needs

  • Nutrition & Basic Medical Care
  • Water & Sanitation
  • Shelter
  • Personal Safety

Foundations of Wellbeing

  • Access to Basic Knowledge
  • Access to Information & Communications
  • Health & Wellness
  • Environmental Quality

Opportunity

  • Personal Rights
  • Personal Freedom & Choice
  • Inclusiveness
  • Access to Advanced Education

Victoria

Score

Rank

Year

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Find out what this means for VIC

  • Victoria varied in its rankings, ranging from 2nd to 4th between 2015 and 2018.
  • Higher performing components were primarily health based – coming first or second in nutrition and basic medical care, and health and wellness for all years of the Index.
  • Personal freedom and choice was one of the consistently lowest ranked components for Victoria. Environmental quality fluctuated but also was one of components where Victoria was ranked among the lowest.

Mouse over the indicators to see the universal questions.

Basic Human Needs

  • Nutrition & Basic Medical Care
  • Water & Sanitation
  • Shelter
  • Personal Safety

Foundations of Wellbeing

  • Access to Basic Knowledge
  • Access to Information & Communications
  • Health & Wellness
  • Environmental Quality

Opportunity

  • Personal Rights
  • Personal Freedom & Choice
  • Inclusiveness
  • Access to Advanced Education