Australia’s social purpose sector lacks a cohesive, consistent and reliable source that tracks our social progress. Without this, we cannot determine whether the sector is succeeding in its goal to improve social outcomes. Nor can we evaluate whether our financial investments in social areas are achieving their aim of addressing complex social problems and strengthening society. Australia’s Social Pulse aims to respond to these gaps by providing rigorous measurement of the nation’s social progress.
Building on existing Australian social statistics, Australia’s Social Pulse measures changes over time in key social indicators across a range of domains and compares these to investment in the social purpose sector. It strives to help answer crucial questions such as ‘What resources are we investing into the social sector?’ ‘Where are we investing them?’ ‘How have the outcomes changed over time, and for whom?’ This report is designed to be used across the social purpose sector to help identify where initiatives, polices and/or investments are improving social outcomes. It will indicate areas or particular population cohorts in which innovation, investment or policy changes may be required in the future, and provide an almanac of how Australia is faring in some of the most important social areas.