ANDI is an Australian not-for-profit, community-based, public interest corporation.
Its principal mission is to develop an ongoing national progress and wellbeing index for Australia that measures all important areas of our national life. This will be based on extensive community engagement, high quality research and international best practice.
ANDI is the result of a group of researchers and people from community groups coming together to reimagine how we could measure Australia’s wellbeing.
ANDI’s vision is for a healthy and prosperous Australia, in which people and governments are committed to the equitable and sustainable wellbeing of people, communities and the environment. ANDI has clearly defined values.
- access to high quality health care and education
- the opportunity for everyone to contribute to the economy through fairly paid work
- affordable housing; public safety and security
- high functioning public infrastructure
- a community that has trust in its neighbours, its media and politicians
- an adequate and well-managed social safety net
- democratic freedom
- a healthy environment, clean air and water
- work-life balance
- accessible leisure and cultural opportunities
Everybody has a right to have a say about what wellbeing and progress towards it mean for them, their family, their community and their nation.
The index will remain free of undue stakeholder or political influence.
Everybody should have access to easily understood information about different dimensions of wellbeing for our nation and our communities.
The technology of measurement and analysis must conform to best scientific practice.
ANDI will promote broad and integrated definitions of national wellbeing and progress.
The ANDI Board was selected through an open process, and includes members from public, private, and non-for-profit sectors elected for the skills, dedication, and knowledge they bring to the organisation.
Dr Geoff Woolcock, Board Chair
Geoff is a Senior Research Fellow at the University of Southern Queensland’s Institute for Resilient Regions, and an Adjunct Associate Professor at Griffith University and the University of the Sunshine Coast. Geoff is an experienced social researcher with considerable expertise in social and community service planning and evaluation, including social impact assessment and community development. In addition to ANDI, he is a board director of the Brisbane Housing Company and the Making Futures Foundation. Geoff is also an active member of the Korean Research Foundation-funded Community Wellbeing Institute and as a co-director of the company Global Talent Tracker, is a Visiting Professor at Loughborough University’s Institute for Sports Business.
Dr Isabel B. Franco
Isabel Franco is an international leader in sustainable development, sustainability science, policy and practice, interested in exploring the role of industry in fostering sustainable, inclusive development. She does this through the development, refinement and application of sustainability assessment, methods and techniques. With Postdoctoral Studies from the United Nations University – Institute for the Advanced Studies of Sustainability, Dr. Franco’s work has contributed to evidence-based decision-making at various international organisations, such as, UNDP, UNESCAP, UNU and British Council, where she has also held senior advisory positions supporting strategic and operational activities on large multilingual, cross-regional, cross-sectoral projects on sustainable development and sustainability broadly. Her ongoing impact research and practice aim to understand the role of industry in achieving transformational, sustainable change at scales (around which she hopes to build a global movement on sustainable development and sustainability with a gender focus. She does this through Women Sustainability Forum, the fastest-growing, global connector of exceptional women in sustainability science, policy and practice.
Mike is an Honorary Senior Research Fellow at the University of Melbourne. He is a former legal aid lawyer, co-founder of the Tenants Union of Victoria, senior policy advisor, and human rights and wellbeing researcher. Mike is an advisor to the Canadian Index of Wellbeing and the OECD Global Project on Measuring the Progress of Societies, where he helped set up the OECD Global Progress Research Network. In 2017 he received the international Community Indicators Consortium award for ‘significant long-term impact on the indicators field and the improvement of community conditions and well-being’.
Gabrielle Kelly AO was the founding Director of SAHMRI’s Wellbeing and Resilience Centre and Director of its Health and Wellbeing program until 2019. Gabrielle has been working to support positive human behaviour and systems change as an international filmmaker, producing global films on climate change for the BBC and UN, a tech innovator and a social entrepreneur and strategist. Her leadership roles have included: Senior Vice President of the New York digital start up Health Accord; Director of the Adelaide Thinkers in Residence program; Operations Manager South Australian Film Corporation; Board Member of the Australian Film Finance Corporation (now Screen Australia) and founder the Australian International Documentary Conference. Gabrielle consults and speaks on topics such as wellbeing for people and planet, the psychological vaccination of the nation, and resilience at work.
Tom is the CEO of video game developer Tantalus, a Melbourne-based company with more than fifty titles to its credit. Tom has degrees in Arts, Law and International Business, and a PhD in art and philosophy. Tom is a past President of the Game Developers’ Association of Australia and served on the Australian Federal Innovation Minister’s IT Industry Innovation Council and Book Industry Strategy Group. He is the author of a critically acclaimed book, ‘Flashbacks from the Flow Zone’ (Hardie Grant), and his artwork ‘Materials’ appeared at the inaugural Triennial at the National Gallery of Victoria.
Jacques de Vos Malan GAICD, Company Secretary
Jacques is an Honorary Fellow at the University of Melbourne. He has managed large projects in broadcasting, arts infrastructure and interdisciplinary research. Jacques was the inaugural CEO of Melbourne Recital Centre and former General Manager and Company Secretary of the Australian Council of Learned Academies. He continues to serve as an Advisory Editor to the European Scientific Journal. Jacques is a practising composer/sound artist whose works are published by Musications (Cape Town), Seesaw Music (New York) and Soundcloud (Berlin).
ACIL Allen Consulting
Australian Communities Foundation
Australian Conservation Foundation (ACF)
Australian Council of Learned Academies (ACOLA)
Australian Council of Social Service (ACOSS)
Australian Research Alliance for Children and Youth (ARACY)
Construction and Building Unions Superannuation Australia (Cbus)
Ernst & Young
Lord Mayors Charitable Foundation
McCullough Robertson Lawyers
Melbourne Graduate School of Education (MGSE)
Social Research Centre (SRC), Australian National University
Uniting Church in Australia Assembly
Victorian Health Promotion Foundation (VicHealth)
World Vision Australia
Principal Statistic Advisor
Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS)
The Canadian Index of Wellbeing
The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)
University of Rome
Anglican National Public Affairs Commission
Australian Council of Trade Unions (ACTU)
Australian Human Rights Commission
Australian Institute of Architects (South Australian Chapter)
Australian Red Cross
Business Sustainability Round Table (Tasmania)
Centre for Policy Development
Christ Church, St Kilda
Committee for Melbourne
Common Cause Australia
Community Services Industry Alliance
Cooperative Research Centre for Young People, Technology and Wellbeing
Cultural Development Network
Desert Knowledge Australia
Foundation for Young Australians
Griffith University, Queensland
International Association for Public Participation Australasia
Institute for Economics and Peace
Institute for Sustainable Futures, Sydney (UTS)
Local Government Managers Queensland
Melbourne City Council
National Centre for Social and Economic Modelling (NATSEM), University of Canberra
Participation (IAP2) Australasia
Partners for Liveable Communities
Queensland Council of Social Service (QCOSS)
Queensland Public Interest Law Clearing House
The Smith Family
Social Determinants of Health Alliance
Social Inclusion Unit, Tasmanian Government
Sustainable Business Communications
Victorian Council of Social Service (VCOSS)
Victorian Aboriginal Child Care Agency