Mapping Social Cohesion 2013: The Scanlon Foundation Surveys Local Areas and Recent Arrivals Report
Mapping Social Cohesion 2013 Local Areas Report
In addition to the Scanlon Foundation Mapping Social Cohesion national surveys, local area surveys were also conducted in 2007, 2009 and 2012 in areas of immigrant concentration, where historical evidence indicates that the potential of social tension is higher. The research focuses on immigration and the impact of cultural diversity.
The data obtained by the six Scanlon Foundation national surveys provide the context for interpreting developments in neighbourhoods. The Scanlon Foundation surveys are distinctive in seeking to explore attitudes in multiple dimensions: at the national level, within selected localities, within subgroups, and with comparative reference across these dimensions.
In 2013 the Australian Government, in response to a recommendation by the Australian Multicultural Council (AMC), provided funding to expand the reach of surveying in local areas of interest to government from a social cohesion perspective. The purpose of the additional surveying is to provide an enhanced evidence base to support the development and delivery of Government programs, and to help inform the advice that the AMC provides to Government on issues of social cohesion.
Five areas were chosen to extend the reach beyond surveys conducted to date in Sydney and Melbourne: to urban areas of immigrant concentration, Logan in Brisbane and Mirrabooka in Perth, and to regional areas, Murray Bridge in South Australia, Shepparton in Victoria, and Atherton Tablelands in Queensland.
Mapping Social Cohesion 2013 Recent Arrivals Report
The Recent Arrivals survey was conducted in 2013 as an extension to the Scanlon Foundation Social Cohesion Research Program, with additional funding from the Australian Government to increase sample size.
The objective of the survey was to further understanding of the current immigration program, particularly the attitudes and outlook of skilled and highly educated entrants.
The survey presented a range of questions on experience of Australia, including level of satisfaction with financial circumstances; level of personal happiness; sense of belonging; experience of discrimination; levels of personal trust, and trust in institutions; aspects of life in Australia most liked and least liked; involvement in Australian life; perceptions of life in neighbourhoods, including sense of safety and fear of crime.
In addition to experience of Australia the survey considered the nature of ongoing contacts with former home countries. It explored the enhanced ability to maintain contact with relatives and friends through internet-based communication and telephone, frequency of visits to former home countries, and sending of gifts to relatives and friends.
The survey was completed by 2,324 respondents, two thirds of whom arrived between 2000 and 2010.