ANUpoll 30

Client: Australian National University

The ANUpoll survey series is being managed by Associate Professor Nicholas Biddle, a researcher at the Australian National University.

Project details

  • Description and Methodology: Approximately 2,000 Australians will be surveyed online, via Life in AustraliaTM, the Social Research Centre’s probability-based online panel, for this project. An additional 500 respondents who self identify as Asian-Australian will be recruited from the i-Link consumer panel. The project surveys Australians’ views on a range of social and policy issues. In this particular wave of the project, we are interested in perceptions and experiences of race-based discrimination in Australia.

  • Use of Data and Feedback: Australian National University researchers will analyse the data and report the findings. ANUpoll findings are commonly reported in national media, but no individual respondents are ever mentioned or otherwise identified. The confidentialised data will be retained in the Australian Data Archive for future research.

  • Project Funding: The project is funded by the Australian National University.

Participant Involvement

  • Voluntary Participation & Withdrawal: Participation in the project is entirely voluntary and you may, without any penalty, decline to take part or withdraw from the survey at any time until the work is prepared for publication without providing an explanation. You can refuse to answer any question throughout the survey. If you do withdraw, the primary investigator will retrieve and destroy your data record, and the survey will be continued without your responses and information.

  • What does participation in the research request of you? All that is required of participants is completion of this survey, expected to take 15 minutes of your time.

  • Benefits: By participating in this survey, you are helping to improve our understanding of Australian society.

  • Risks: In any collection of personal information, there is some risk that third parties will access confidential data. To minimise that risk, respondents’ user identification will be encrypted. All personal information collected will be kept confidential as far as allowed by law and it will not be possible to identify individuals. At the end of the research only aggregate results will be presented and no one will be identified. The information will be stored in a secure location for at least five years following publications arising from the research.

    This survey includes questions that ask you about your own experiences of racial discrimination and the perceived level of racial discrimination in Australia. Some respondents may find these questions upsetting or distressing. Details of support services are provided below and again at the end of the survey.

  • Confidentiality: The Australian National University treats the privacy and security of all respondents with the greatest concern. Respondents’ user identification will be encrypted, until all respondents have completed the survey (and any responses retrieved and destroyed upon request), and all identifying information can be destroyed. Only once that information is destroyed will the remaining data be moved from the Social Research Centre’s secure server. Only the anonymised data will be made available to the primary investigator and to other researchers. The data will only be reported in aggregate form.

    In collecting your personal information within this research, the ANU must comply with the Privacy Act 1988. The ANU Privacy Policy is available at and it contains information about how a person can:

    • Access or seek correction to their personal information;
    • Complain about a breach of an Australian Privacy Principle by ANU, and how ANU will handle the complaint.
  • Where: The data collected in this survey will be anonymised (i.e. any identifying information will be removed and destroyed) and stored securely by the Social Research Centre. The anonymised data will then be archived in the Australian Data Archive for at least five years from following publication of the results.

  • Additional support: If you would like to talk to someone about any issues that have arisen from participating in this survey, about how you have been feeling, or if you have any concerns about your mental health, please seek support from one of the services listed below:

Queries and Concerns

Contact Details for More Information:
For any further information, queries, or complaints, please contact:

  • Associate Professor Nicholas Biddle
    ANU Centre for Social Research and Methods
    College of Arts and Social Sciences
    The Australian National University
    Acton ACT 2601
    Telephone: 0466 841 595

Ethics Committee Clearance

The ethical aspects of this research have been approved by the ANU Human Research Ethics Committee (Protocol 2014/241). If you have any concerns or complaints about how this research has been conducted, please contact: