This report presents the findings of the fifth Scanlon Foundation Mapping Social Cohesion national survey conducted in June–July 2012.
A separate report covers the 2012 local surveys. The reports build on the knowledge gained through the four earlier Scanlon Foundation national surveys conducted in 2007, 2009, 2010 and 2011, which provide, for the first time in Australian social research, a series of detailed surveys on social cohesion, immigration and population issues. Each of the five national surveys was completed by 2000 respondents, a total of 10,000, with an additional 5,300 respondents to the 2007, 2009 and 2012 local surveys.
A prime objective of the surveys has been to further understanding of the social impact of Australia’s increasingly diverse immigration program. In the 2012 survey there were sixteen questions concerned with immigration, together with additional questions on asylum issues and experience of discrimination, with scope to interpret findings in the context of a total of 68 questions.