The Reconciliation Barometer has been tracked every two years since its launch in 2007. It measure the progress of reconciliation between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and non-Indigenous Australians.
The broader social, political, and economic environment in Australia has changed significantly between 2008 and 2014. Events include the apology to the Stolen Generations, the Northern Territory 'intervention', the Global Financial Crisis, the campaign for constitutional recognition and the change in government with the Federal Election 2013.
Key findings for 2014 include:
- We continue to view the relationship between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians as important
- General community trust towards Indigenous Australians has increased
- Indigenous trust towards other Australians has increased
- Both groups believe they trust more than the other group
- Education and personal experience help drive views that the relationship is very important
- Most Australians hardly ever socialise with Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander Australians
- Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander Australians are more likely to experience racial prejudice
- The attitude among younger non-Indigenous Australians bodes well for the future
- The attitude among younger Indigenous Australians bodes well for the future