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Measuring wellbeing: the LSF Dashboard

The LSF Dashboard is a measurement tool that supports the Treasury’s advice to Ministers on priorities for improving wellbeing, and informs our wellbeing reporting. We’ve published it on our website for public transparency and interest.


What's the purpose of the LSF Dashboard?

The LSF Dashboard provides the indicators that the Treasury believes are most important to inform our wellbeing reporting and our policy advice on cross-government wellbeing priorities.

For example, it informs our long-term stewardship publications such as the four-yearly Wellbeing Report required by the Public Finance Act. Analysis of the indicators from the LSF Dashboard was also used, alongside other wellbeing evidence, to inform development of the five priorities of the Government’s 2019 Wellbeing Budget.

The LSF Dashboard does not (and is not intended to) provide the depth of quantitative and qualitative wellbeing evidence needed for agency or sector policy analysis. Agencies, local government and non-government interest groups will want to develop their own wellbeing datasets, with a deeper range of wellbeing data and evidence to suit their own needs.

Recent updates

The LSF Dashboard was first released in December 2018. In December 2019, the LSF Dashboard was updated to change some of the indicators and add new distributional charts, with a focus on improving alignment with Ngā Tūtohu Aotearoa and responding to recommendations from the OECD. For more about this update, see this Treasury paper: Living Standards Framework Dashboard Update - December 2019.

The Treasury is now updating the data in the LSF Dashboard every six months (around April and October) to support ongoing wellbeing reporting.

The LSF Dashboard was refreshed on 12 April 2022 to reflect the changes made to the Living Standards Framework in 2021. The data was updated on 30 March 2023 and it includes data up to 27 February 2023. For more about this refresh, see the Treasury paper: The Living Standards Framework Dashboard - April 2022.

What’s in the Dashboard?

The LSF Dashboard provides a range of outcome indicators for each level of the LSF:

  • The first section provides indicators relating to the domains of Our Individual and Collective Wellbeing and supplementary analysis of wellbeing across the domains.
  • The second section provides indicators relating to the spheres of Our Institutions and Governance.
  • The third section provides indicators relating to the aspects of The Wealth of Aotearoa New Zealand.

These indicators show trends over time, distribution differences across the population and population groups (eg, by sex, ethnicity, region) and international comparisons where possible.

What other datasets are available?

Statistics New Zealand’s Ngā Tūtohu Aotearoa – Indicators Aotearoa New Zealand brings together a broad range of indicators that capture the different dimensions of wellbeing that matter to New Zealanders. It is a broad and deep source of wellbeing data which supports a range of reporting requirements, including reporting under the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals:

The LSF Dashboard draws from Ngā Tūtohu Aotearoa, and the Treasury seeks to align the two databases where it can. However, there will be differences between the datasets reflecting their different purposes. While Ngā Tūtohu Aotearoa has identified data gaps where indicators are not available for an identified dimension of wellbeing, the Dashboard’s policy focus means that we have used the best indicators for which data is currently available. The Treasury has also selected indicators that enable international comparisons and distributional analysis.

Last updated: 
Thursday, 30 March 2023