The Australian National Development Index (ANDI) is a collaboration of 40 leading community organisations, church groups, businesses and universities who aim to introduce a holistic measure of progress – an index that reflects the views of Australians in an ongoing, participatory process. Informed by experts, but defined by Australians, ANDI will tell us in a snapshot, how we are doing as peoples, as communities and as a nation.
Over the past ten years or so, a new global movement has emerged to produce measures of societal progress that go beyond GDP. This movement is being driven by citizens, policymakers, academics and statisticians working together globally and locally and championed by international organisations like the OECD and the United Nations.
Australia has been a key player in this global debate. The Australian Bureau of Statistics was the first national statistics office in the world to develop an integrated set of national progress measures, called ‘Measures of Australia’s Progress’, which has been produced regularly since 2002. While MAP presents 17 indicators across a range of domains in a dashboard format, ANDI aims to go further, by producing an annual composite index of progress, shaped by the views and priorities of Australians.
The idea to create a National Development Index to measure Australia’s economic, social and environmental progress was recommended at the Australia 2020 Summit in April 2008, and endorsed by the Australian Government.
In 2012, ANDI will be established as an organisation, and will produce a first draft index of progress to piloted in the community. In 2013, ANDI will be scaled up towards a national conversation about progress, wellbeing and sustainability. This work requires drawing on the expertise and networks of our extraordinarily diverse range of partners from across the academic, non government and church community. ANDI seeks further partners from the private, not-for-profit, academic, government and philanthropic sectors to support full implementation of the project.
We invite you to join in this movement, and help build a truly national dialogue on the kind of society we want to live in.