What is the Australia We Want?

Filed under Charity & Non-profit, News, Society & People ~ by Press on  9 May 2019

A new report The Australia We Want is the first benchmark of how Australia and each State and Territory is performing against values and goals prioritised by leaders from across the charities sector.

These “values” include: just, fair, safe, inclusive, equality of opportunity, united, authentic, creative, confident, courageous, optimistic, generous, kind, and compassionate.

According to David Crosbie, CEO of Community Council Australia (CCA):

This report highlights how far Australia is slipping in achieving some very important values. It should be a wakeup call for all of us.’

We need to look beyond economic indicators and start focusing on the values that make Australia a great place to live. We are all much more than passengers in an economy.

We are part of families, workplaces and communities. Within our communities we want to live lives that are worthwhile and enact values we believe in.

Drawing on key statistics from the OECD, ABS and the AIHW, to evaluate these values, this second report reveals that:

  • Australian incarceration rates are very high – twice most countries in Europe and rising (how just are we?)
  • Australian suicide rates are higher than our road toll and increasing (how inclusive are we?)
  • Australia is slipping down both the international corruption scale and the scale of international generosity (how authentic and compassionate are we?)
  • We continue to increase our CO2 emissions (how sustainable are we?)
  • The gap between how safe women and men feel walking alone at night is one of the highest in the world (how safe are we?).
  • NSW and NT are the worst performing and Tasmania is the best performing jurisdiction when it comes to achieving communities where the prioritised values are being achieved. The ACT has slipped down the rankings and WA has improved since the 2016 report.

The positive news is; volunteering has increased, and Australia is above average compared to other OECD countries in equality of access to employment, education levels, business and consumer confidence. Housing affordability and income distribution need improvement.

The findings of this report are damning – they tell us that if we are going to live in the kind of Australia we want for ourselves and our children, we need to work at changing some of these fundamental issues,” said Mr Crosbie.

A copy of the report including State and Territory scorecards can be obtained by clicking the report cover image on this CCA web page.

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