Social Progress

An inspiring presentation by Professor Bob Cummins of Deakin University at Global Access Partners' inaugural National Economic Review Summit in September 2010 highlighted the importance of measuring the quality of life beyond traditional economics.

Following the Summit’s resolutions, a GAP taskforce of senior government, industry and academia representatives worked throughout 2010-2011 to consider fresh and inclusive definitions of economic and social progress and their integration into national policy.

The group found significant support among policy makers for such measures and agreed that existing efforts could increase their impact through better communication and coordination.

One of the Taskforce’s key recommendations was to move the wealth of research work out of academia into the mainstream of Australian social, commercial and political life. The Taskforce advocated the creation of a permanent, membership based organisation – the Australian Society for Progress & Wellbeing - to drive consolidation of measurement frameworks, facilitate collaboration between interested parties and channel appreciation of these measures to decision makers.

The Society was formally constituted in November 2013, registered with ASIC in January 2014, and launched at the National Economic Review 2014 Summit in NSW Parliament House on 18 September 2014.

For more information about the Society and how to become a member, please visit its website at www.aspw.asn.au.

View Our Reporting History

2016-2017

Sydney as an Innovation Hub Taskforce Report; Global Access Partners, June 2017

Recovery at Work: Engaging Large Employers in Best Practice; GAP 2nd Strategic Roundtable; Report of Proceedings; Global Access Partners, May 2017

The case for national electricity reform; Report by the National Standing Committee on Energy and the Environment; Global Access Partners, February 2017

Space Tiger Team Submission to the Australian Government; Global Access Partners, January 2017

Increasing efficiency and value in public healthcare procurement; Report by the GAP Taskforce on Government Health Procurement, November 2016

GAP Taskforce on Early Childhood Education Report; Global Access Partners, October 201

2016 A Vision for Australia – Spaces of Australian Innovation: GAP 7th Annual Economic Summit; Report of Proceedings, Global Access Partners / Writing Partners, September 2016

Recovery at Work: A New Way of Thinking About Work Injuries; GAP 1st Strategic Roundtable; Report of Proceedings; Global Access Partners, May 2016

The North, Agriculture and the Environment; GAP Taskforce Report; Global Access Partners, March 2016

The business case for the establishment of an International Centre for Democratic Partnerships (ICDP), ICDP Working Group / Global Access Partners, January 2016

2014-2015

2015 National Economic Review – The Future of Jobs: Australia’s 6th Annual Growth Summit Report of Proceedings, Global Access Partners / Writing Partners, September 2015

A Vision for Australia Discussion Paper, Global Access Partners, August 2015

“Towards Responsible Self Care: The Role of Health Literacy, Pharmacy and Non-Prescription Medicines”, Report by the GAP Taskforce on Self Care, June 2015

“The Australian Healthcare System as a Market” GAP/ACHR Workshop; Report of Proceedings; Global Access Partners, April 2015

“Energy Security and Affordability in New South Wales: Issues of Concern and Recommendations for Action; Report by the GAP Taskforce on Energy Security, Fergus Neilson, Global Access Partners, October 2014

Strategic advice for AIM’s future development (2015-2018); Paper for the Australian Institute of Music, Global Access Partners, October 2014

2014 National Economic Review: Australia’s 5th Annual Growth Summit (Education Summit) Report of Proceedings, Global Access Partners / Writing Partners, September 2014

“Health interventions to improve economic productivity”; Discussion Paper for the GAP Taskforce on Productive Ageing; Global Access Partners, August 2014

The New University Model: Paper by the GAP Taskforce on Leadership in Education meeting held on 18 August 2014, Global Access Partners

The G20 Agenda for Growth: Opportunities for Small to Medium-Sized Enterprises (SMEs) Conference Communique and Report of Proceedings; Global Access Partners / Writing Partners, June 2014

“Why boards are investing in analytic capabilities”: First 5000 Executive Roundtable with Peter Grainger; Report of Proceedings, Global Access Partners, March 2014

2012-2013

The GAP Institute for Active Policy Proposal; Global Access Partners, November 2013

“Participation in Creative Arts subjects by Year 11 & 12 students in Australian secondary schools”; Research paper for the Australian Institute of Music, Global Access Partners, November 2013

“Social Media’s Commercial Application”: First 5000 Executive Roundtable with Michael Coomer; Report of Proceedings, Global Access Partners, October 2013

2013 National Economic Review: Australia’s 4th Annual Growth Summit (Food Summit) Report of Proceedings, Global Access Partners / Writing Partners, September 2013

“Emerging trends and opportunities in tertiary music education”: Scoping paper for the Australian Institute of Music, Global Access Partners, June 2013

“A Future without Age”: GAP/ACHR Conference on Productive Ageing Report of Proceedings, Global Access Partners, May 2013

“Harnessing the human-digital interface and multidisciplinary collaboration to advance digital research & development in Australia”; Final Report by the Cyber Research and Development Taskforce; Global Access Partners / Smartnet, April 2013

2012 National Economic Review: Australia’s Annual Growth Summit Report of Proceedings, Global Access Partners, September 2012

Commercialising Australian Ideas: Issues and Recommendations; Report by the GAP Innovation Advisory Board, September 2012

The case for a global e-Conservatorium of Music based in Australia; Global Access Partners, August 2012

Progress in Society Taskforce Final Report; Global Access Partners, May 2012

Strata Laws Online Consultation Final Report, Global Access Partners, April 2012

A National Telehealth Strategy for Australia; Discussion Paper by the Australian National Consultative Committee on Health, November 2011

2010-2011

2011 National Economic Review: Australia’s Annual Growth Summit Report of Proceedings, September 2011

International Complex Project Management Task Force Report; Global Access Partners & International Centre for Complex Project Management; September 2011

“20 years after the Dawkins Review: Tertiary Music Education Task Force Report, Global Access Partners, September 2011

GAP Workshop on Cloud Computing, Report of Proceedings, Global Access Partners, June 2011

GAP Task Force on Cloud Computing Report, Global Access Partners, May 2011

Primary Health Care and the Private Patient Journey; ACHR/GAP Forum Report of Proceedings; Global Access Partners, March 2011

"Project Mozart": A vision and approach for radical, transformative change in the Gold Coast Health Service towards integrated, patient-centric care; Paper by the Australian National Consultative Committee on Health, March 2010

2010 National Economic Review: Australia’s Annual Growth Summit Report of Proceedings, September 2010

2007-2009

"Low-Carbon Economy: Business Opportunities for Australia": Report by the GAP Task Force on Low-Carbon Economy, November 2009

GAP/ACHR Congress on Australia’s Health Report of Proceedings, November 2009

National Human Rights Online Consultation, Final Report to the Australian Government,  July 2009

Global Access Partners 2002-2008 Achievement & Activities Report, March 2009

“Urban Water: A vision for national road map for national progress”: GAP Urban Water Forum Report; Allen Consulting Group, Global Access Partners, February 2009

“GAP Congress on Regulatory Affairs: Opportunities for Business”, Report of Proceedings, released January 2009

“Directions for Reform of Part XIC of the Trade Practices Act 1997”: Regulating in Technology Rich Environments Task Force Report, December 2008

ANCCeH Cabinet Meeting with the Hon. Tony Abbott Report, 30 October 2008

“Open Forum Submission to the Australia 2020 Summit”, Global Access Partners, April 2008

“Innovation Attitudes in Australia” Open Forum Survey Report, Global Access Partners, February 2008

"Shaping Government policy" Open Forum Survey Report, Global Access Partners, December 2007

"Fostering Citizen-Government Interaction" GAP Focus Groups Report, December 2007

“The potential uses of pharmacogenetic testing for cytochrome P450 (CYP450) variations and its applications in routine drug therapy” GAP Roundtable Report, October 2007

“Implementing a Rational e-Health System in Australia”: GAP Forum Report, September 2007

Forum on Victoria’s National Innovation Agenda “Creating a Better Regulatory Environment for Innovation", Report of Proceedings, August 2007

“Formulating a New Approach to Trust and Privacy in the Information Age”: 4 July 2007 Conference Report (commissioned to GAP by the Privacy & Trust Partnership)

“GAP Congress on Wellness and Ageing: Breaking the Barriers – the Role of Government, Industry, Providers & Consumers” Report of Proceedings, February 2007

2002-2006