Community Indicators Queensland

Introduction to Community Indicators Queensland:

Community Resilience in Queensland has used the draft Community Indicators Queensland (CIQ) framework as a foundation for the project. The indicators selected provide an example in three communities of how we can create a ‘snap shop’ of resilience at a particular point in time.

CIQ brings together leading agencies from local, Queensland and Commonwealth government, the not for profit sector and Griffith University researchers to develop and implement a framework of indicators that can measure community wellbeing. It is an ongoing multi-agency project with a formal steering committee, which focuses upon the development of a framework, database and web interface, to support the creation and use of local community wellbeing indicators. From a research perspective, it offers a platform and environment for ongoing investigation into measurement of policy progress; community engaged policy making and the development and implementation of national and international community wellbeing indicator frameworks.

CIQ builds upon lessons from an exemplar in Victoria (Community Indicators Victoria) but incorporates Queensland’s distinctive needs and attributes, providing a valuable resource for researchers, policy makers and practitioners at local and state levels. It will enable the community to engage democratically in the development of their local environment.

Key features of CIQ:

  • A focus on indicators rather than the creation of an index
  • The adoption of a bottom-up community led approach
  • Facilitation of active citizen engagement and a democratic approach to improving wellbeing and quality of life in the community
  • The provision of a tool to assist policy and program evaluation by non-economic measures
  • A contribution to long term policy research for a range of social policy oriented disciplines
  • A flexible framework allowing local communities to commission surveys on issues of direct local relevance

Domains

CIQ presents over 80 indicators under 6 domains, clustering a variety of measures in sub categories.     

  • Domain One: Healthy, safe and inclusive communities : personal health and wellbeing, community connectedness, lifelong learning, service availability
  • Domain Two: Dynamic, resilient local economies: economic activity, employment, income and wealth, skills and work-life balance
  • Domain Three: Sustainable built and natural environments: housing affordability, transport accessibility, water, biodiversity
  • Domain Four: Culturally rich and vibrant communities: arts and cultural activities, sporting and recreational activities, cultural diversity
  • Domain Five: Democratic and engaged communities: citizen engagement
  • Domain Six: Demography: population size and structure, population stability, diversity and family structure

CIQ steering committee

The steering committee of CIQ meets quarterly and is facilitated by Griffith University. Steering committee membership includes:

  • Arts Queensland (Department of the Premier and Cabinet)
  • Australian Bureau of Statistics
  • Department of Communities
  • Department of Environment and Resource Management
  • Griffith University Urban Research Program
  • Local Government Association of Queensland
  • Office of Economic and Statistical Research (Queensland Treasury)
  • Partners for Livable Communities Australia
  • Queensland Council of Social Service
  • Queensland Health