Community Acceptance of Diverse Cultures

Last Updated: 
2007
Update Frequency: 
only 2007

Indicator Rationale

For more than two centuries, the combined effort of immigrants and those born in Australia have helped make our nation one of the worlds most successfully diverse societies.  Harmony has been a cornerstone of Australia’s development as an economically strong and peaceful nation.  Migrants have been crucial to building Australia’s strong and robust economy, helping to create its national infrastructure; contributing new ideas and technology; and fostering local knowledge of other cultures, languages, foods and lifestyles.

Data Source

Community Indicators Victoria Survey 2007

Measure

People Who Agree that It is a Good Thing for a Society to Be Made Up of People from Different Cultures: expressed as a percentage of the adult population.

A small number of survey respondents (representing 1.1% of the weighted survey estimates across Victoria, and less than 3.9% in every LGA) answered that they didn't know, or refused to answer the survey question.  These respondents have been excluded from the data analysis.

Survey Question

QC7. To what extent do you agree or disagree that it is a good thing for a society to be made up of people from different cultures?  Strongly agree; Agree; Neither agree nor disagree; Disagree; Strongly disagree.

The measure is based on responses of 'Strongly agree' or 'Agree' to this question.

Source of Question

Dunn, Kevin (2003). Racism in Australia: findings of a survey on racist attitudes and experiences of racism, The University of New South Wales, National Europe Centre Paper No. 77.