The research will inform work to help ensure all Canberrans share in the benefits of our prosperity.

The research will inform work to help ensure all Canberrans share in the benefits of our prosperity.

12 March 2020

The suggestions and experiences of Canberrans have shaped the design of indicators that will help us measure personal and community wellbeing in the ACT, providing insights to guide us as we plan for our city’s future.

Consultation with the Canberra community during the second half of 2019 and early 2020 has helped with the development of an ACT Wellbeing Framework and its 12 wellbeing domains.

Indicators have been developed under each domain, allowing us to measure progress across areas that influence our overall quality of life - providing a broader and clearer picture of personal wellbeing beyond the standard economic metrics.

The domains are:

  • access and connectivity
  • economy
  • education and lifelong learning
  • environment and climate
  • governance and institutions
  • health (both physical and mental)
  • housing and home
  • identity and belonging
  • living standards
  • safety
  • social connection
  • time

Measuring our progress across each of these domains will help the Government better target future investment and guide decision-making.

The Framework will help us identify where government and the community need to concentrate more of our time, energy and creativity to make a real difference for all Canberrans, with a particular focus on those who are not currently sharing in the benefits of our prosperity in the way they should.

Community input came about through roundtable discussions, surveys, face-to-face discussions, and previous ACT Government consultations. Work continues to be done on bringing together the data that will underpin the Framework’s reporting, with the first set of findings to be released in the second half of 2020.

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