Social Cohesion Survey

Client: Monash University

The Social Cohesion Survey forms part of the Scanlon Foundation Social Cohesion Research Program which began in 2007, funded by the Scanlon Foundation and conducted by researchers led by Emeritus Professor Andrew Markus of Monash University. The main focus of the survey is to obtain views on Australian society and its future, with a focus on social cohesion and population issues.

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Monash University has contracted the Social Research Centre to conduct this survey. You will have received a letter in the mail regarding this study.

26 October until 23 November inclusive.

The study is used by the state governments to understand how people feel about Australia’s future, its place in the world and what it means to be an Australian. This is a rare opportunity to have your voice heard in a study that has been run since 2007.

This project will provide government with information on social cohesion and immigration issues in Australian society. Any information provided will be treated in the strictest confidence by the Social Research Centre. Monash University will not receive any information from the survey that could identify you or your household.

The survey will take just 20 minutes to complete. As a small token of our appreciation, we will send you a $10 e-gift voucher if you complete the survey.

Your address was randomly selected from the Geocoded National Address File (G-NAF). The G-NAF is a database of all the physical addresses in Australia. The database is publicly available.

We have randomly selected only a few thousand addresses and invite one person aged 18 years and over from each household to participate.

Participation is entirely voluntary. If you do agree to participate, you may withdraw at any time.

The survey will not intrude into your privacy: you may decide not to answer some of the questions.

Any information you provide will be completely confidential and your answers will not be identified as individual responses. Responses are used for research purposes only and are treated in strict confidence. No other agency or department will have access to your details. All information provided is protected by strict Commonwealth and State privacy laws. Please see the SRC’s Privacy Policy for more information.

Your confidentiality is protected by the Australian Market and Social Research Organisation’s Privacy Principles ( which govern how the researchers collect, use, keep secure and disclose personal information.

If you have any questions about your participation in the survey, please call the Social Research Centre on 1800 023 040 (a free call) or email

The ethical aspects of this research have been approved by the Monash University Human Research Ethics Committee (id: 13467).

If you have serious concerns or complaints about how this research has been conducted, please contact: