Are you interested in taking part in a research interview or focus group?

What does taking part involve?

We regularly conduct in-depth interviews and focus groups with members of the community. Speaking with a range of people from the community is helpful for us to understand people’s views, experiences and perceptions on issues that are important to our clients.

When we have a research project that needs members of the community, we contact people who have registered their details through our online registration form (make a hyperlink). A researcher from the Qualitative Research Unit will call people on this list, and discuss whether they want to take part in the research. The interview or group discussion may be held at our Melbourne CBD office or a local venue. A payment is normally made to participants to reimburse people for their time.

The research discussions are completely confidential – you won’t be identified in any way. Discussions are audio-recorded (with your consent) and are only used for our analysis. All of our research is conducted to high ethical and quality standards, and follows the professional codes of conduct set out by the Australian Market and Social Research Society

The most important thing to remember is that the discussion is informal and interesting, and helps to contribute to our understanding of social and public policy issues affecting Australian society.

How can I register to take part?

If you would like to take part in future research projects at the Social Research Centre, please submit this online registration form.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the Qualitative Research Unit at

For more information on what to expect when taking part in research, please go to the Focus Groups and Interview Participants page