The social, cultural and economic environment that a person lives in has a dramatic impact on their quality of life. These factors contribute to overall wellbeing, both of individuals and the communities of which they are a member. No single measure of wellbeing can evaluate an individual's progress over their lifetime or a community's progress over time. Rather, a range of measures can be used to map changes in health and living conditions over time.
The publication, Framework for Measuring Wellbeing: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples, 2010 (cat.no 4703.0) describes a framework developed by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS), in conjunction with stakeholders, to measure the wellbeing of Australia's Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
The framework attempts to provide a holistic approach to the mapping of statistics about the wellbeing of Indigenous Australians. It is presented as a broad level document, balanced across selected themes or 'domains' including:
- Culture, Heritage and Leisure
- Family, Kinship and Community
- Learning and SkillsCustomary
- Voluntary and Paid Work
- Income and Economic Resources
- Housing, Infrastructure and Services
- Law and Justice
- Citizenship and Governance