Life in Australia study

This invitation-only study is the first of its kind in Australia and invites people from all walks of life to participate monthly surveys. By being a part of the study, your views and experiences will influence Australian researchers, policymakers, and academics. You will have a real opportunity to have your views heard and represented.

Life in AustraliaTM is a national study being undertaken by the Social Research Centre, part of the Australian National University.

By joining you will:

  • Participate in interesting and engaging monthly surveys asking about your views and experiences
  • Ensure a true representation of the Australian population is reached in social research projects of national significance
  • Have your say on the big issues facing Australia.

About the Social Research Centre

The Social Research Centre is owned by the Australian National University (ANU).

Our mission is to provide world-class social research services to Australian researchers, policymakers, academics and business leaders in order to support informed decision-making and advance understanding of Australian society. You can read more about us here.

Frequently Asked Questions

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Members of Life in AustraliaTM are invited to participate in surveys about once a month. Over time the surveys will cover a wide range of topics such as health and social policy issues and issues of national importance.

Wherever possible, most surveys are completed online. If you do not have internet access or prefer not to do surveys online you can request to do the surveys over the phone with an interviewer. We want to include as many people as possible in Life in AustraliaTM regardless of whether or not they have internet access or are comfortable using the internet.

Surveys will take about 10 to 20 minutes to complete, depending on the topic and your answers. The surveys will mainly consist of multiple-choice questions and will be easy to complete.

Topic areas covered by the surveys will include:

  • Health and wellbeing
  • Employment
  • Crime, safety and policing
  • Parenting and families
  • Immigration and refugees
  • Road safety
  • Environment and sustainability
  • Community attitudes.

The surveys are undertaken by the Social Research Centre on behalf of client organisations who have funded the research. The external funder of each survey will typically be disclosed at the start and / or end of each survey.

Participation is easy

  • Accept our invite to join by completing a short survey
  • Upon joining, we will send you your reward or make a charitable donation on your behalf
  • Complete a 10 to 20 minute survey about once a month
  • surveys are web-based, but you can complete by telephone with an interviewer if you prefer.

Researchers in government and academic institutions often need to reach a representative sample of Australians (called a random sample or probability sample). They need to hear from people from all walks of life so their results can reflect the views and experiences of the Australian population.

Life in AustraliaTM is the only study of its kind in Australia to have recruited people to do monthly surveys exclusively using random sampling. The establishment of the study fills a gap in our national social science research infrastructure.

As a sign of our appreciation, you will receive a $10 to $15 reward for completing each monthly survey.

The money for completing each survey can be paid via PayPal, Coles/Myer gift card, Coles e-card, or the amount can be donated to a charitable organisation.

Don’t forget, in addition to receiving a reward, you will be helping advance our understanding of Australian society!

Donations are made by the Social Research Centre in bulk payments each month. The value of the donation is not able to be used for individual income assessment purposes. Should you wish to request proof of the donation, please send your request to LifeInAus@srcentre.com.au or Life in AustraliaTM, PO Box 13328 Law Courts, Victoria 8010.

Life in AustraliaTM has been running since the end of 2016. So far, participants in the Life in Australia™ study have donated:

  • $17,850 to Alannah & Madeline Foundation
  • $21,580 to Australian Wildlife Conservancy
  • $18,715 to Bowel Cancer Australia
  • $18,225 to Brain Foundation
  • $15,135 to Bush Heritage Australia
  • $42,035 to CanTeen
  • $21,335 to Elizabeth Morgan House Aboriginal Women’s Service
  • $18,750 to Fred Hollows
  • $18,760 to Guide Dogs Victoria
  • $19,295 to Indigenous Literacy Foundation
  • $7,815 to Safe Steps
  • $22,635 to UNHCR Australia
  • $24,065 to White Ribbon Foundation
  • Total: $265,625

All charities are registered with the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission. You can search the Commission's register at www.acnc.gov.au. The list of selected charities to choose from is generally refreshed every year with consultation with members about which options they would like.

The study is only open to people who have been randomly selected by the Social Research Centre and invited to join.

Apart from that, the only qualification is to be an Australian resident aged 18 years or over.

In order to make our surveys as accurate as possible, we ask all Life in Australia™ members to complete each survey. Most surveys will be available for completion for two weeks, so we hope that you will be able to complete each one, even if you can’t do it when we first invite you.

It’s important to respond to all surveys so that the survey results reflect the views of the Australian population and policy decisions are made using accurate information. We make every effort to keep the surveys brief.

If we haven’t received a completed survey from us, we will usually send you reminders by email or text message or we’ll give you a call.

Once you join, you can remain in the study for as long as you wish. Participation is completely voluntary. However, the study relies on your participation in order to ensure that our survey results are as accurate as possible. The surveys topics are engaging and provide you with an opportunity to contribute to major policy decisions. Even if you’re going away or wish to take a break, you can stay in the study and re-join when you return. All the same, you are free to withdraw at any time and can do so by contacting:

Email LifeinAus@srcentre.com.au

Telephone 1800 023 040 between 9:00am and 8:00pm

Eastern Standard Time Monday to Friday

It’s easy! Just email or call us with your new information. We’ll confirm that we have your new information with an email or telephone call back.

Email LifeinAus@srcentre.com.au

Telephone 1800 023 040 between 9:00am and 8:00pm

Eastern Standard Time Monday to Friday

The Social Research Centre believes that the privacy of your information is of the utmost importance. Your confidentiality is protected by the Australian Market and Social Research Organisation’s Privacy Principles (www.amsro.com.au) which govern how the researchers collect, use, keep secure, and disclose personal information. Our Privacy Policy is available here. The Social Research Centre also abides by the principles of the Australian Market and Social Research Society of Australia's Code of Professional Behaviour (www.amsrs.com.au) and complies with the Privacy Act 1988(Cth).

We will not:

  • use or disclose your personal information for the purpose of advertising, promotions or direct marketing activities
  • disclose any personally identifiable research information we collect from you unless we have your express prior consent and will only report the information you provide in an aggregate form that will not personally identify you
  • disclose any personal information or personally identifiable research information to a third party for a purpose other than conducting our research unless we have your express prior consent or are required to do so by an Australian law or court/tribunal order.

In the course of conducting social research, we may rely on third party service providers to host or store the data we collect. We take all reasonable steps to ensure that third party service providers comply with our Research Information Privacy Principles, the Privacy Act, and the Australian Privacy Principles.

All answers you provide to surveys conducted through Life in AustraliaTM are securely stored by the Social Research Centre and will remain strictly confidential. Survey responses are de-identified as soon as practical following completion of a survey.

De-identified responses will be analysed to better under Australian society and improve policy and services. Along with being published in reports and journal articles, results from the surveys may be communicated in national and local media, as well as used for further academic research. All publications relating to this survey will report on aggregated data, so no individual responses will be presented.

De-identified survey responses are provided to the client organisations who have funded the research for further analysis and may be lodged with the Australian Data Archive.

By email LifeinAus@srcentre.com.au or by telephone 1800 023 040 between 9:00am to 8:00pm AEST Monday to Friday and 11:00am to 4:30pm AEST on weekends.