Social Research Centre

Life in Australia™

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Research Areas

Attitudes +

Education +

Environment +

Equity +

Health +

Identity +

Policy +

Workforce +

Project Status


Life in Australia™ is the nation’s most methodologically rigorous online panel. This invitation-only study is a first of its kind in Australia, inviting people from all walks of life to participate monthly surveys.

Results from Life in Australia ™ surveys are generalisable to the Australian population and the sampling approach ensures that sampling errors and confidence intervals can be calculated. By comparison, non-probability ‘opt in’ online panels do not have these statistical properties.


Life In Australia™ is a research platform developed and run by the Social Research Centre, part of the Australian National University. We partner with a range of other leading civil society organisations to undertake research using the Life In Australia™ platform.

Aims + Outcomes

Ensure a true representation of the Australian population is reached in social research projects of national significance.


Life In Australia™ includes both standalone and omnibus surveys. Life In Australia™ exclusively uses random probability-based sampling methods and covers both online and offline population.



Master project template 2: insight 1. 25% of … say that … this is a test.


Master project template 2: Of those who were a part in activities, around 1 in 5 were representing their town, city or state.

1 in 10

Master project template: An upward trend in student interest in x,y,z and 1 in 10 students mentioned that this was a sample insight.


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Have you been contacted about participating in this study?

Who participates?

This invitation-only study is the first of its kind in Australia and invites people from all walks of life to participate monthly surveys.

What are the benefits?

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.

As a sign of our appreciation, you will receive a reward for completing each monthly survey. The value of the reward for a typical 15 minute survey is $10.

The money for completing each survey can be paid to you via different ways or you can choose to donate to a charitable organisation.

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

How does it work?

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 surveys about once a month - most surveys are about 10 to 20 minutes

How do we ensure privacy is protected?

The Social Research Centre complies with the Australian Privacy Principles. All personal contact information such as name, email and phone number is removed from the final data. Your responses will be de-identified, held in the strictest confidence and will not be disclosed to other organisations for marketing or research purposes. The responses of everyone who participates in this survey will be combined for analysis. Please see the SRC’s Privacy Policy.

The Social Research Centre also abides by the principles of the Research Society's Code of Professional Behaviour ( and complies with the Privacy Act 1988 (Cth).


Will I have to complete every survey? 

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.

How long do I have to be involved? 

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:


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

Eastern Standard Time Monday to Friday

How do I change my email or contact information? 

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.


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

Eastern Standard Time Monday to Friday

What happens to my survey answers? 

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 practicable following completion of a survey.

De-identified responses will be analysed to better understand 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.

Can I have a receipt for my charitable donation for tax deduction purposes?

Donations are made by the Social Research Centre in bulk payments quarterly. 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 or Life in AustraliaTM, PO Box 13328 Law Courts, Victoria 8010.

How much have Lina members donated to charity?

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

  • 2022: (Foodbank, Lifelin, MS Australia, NATSIWA, Seed Mob) $116,360
  • 2021: (ANTaR, Disaster Relief Australia, Fitted for Work, OzHarvest, Royal Flying Doctor Services) $121,205
  • 2020: (Australian Cancer Research Foundation, Birdlife, Reconciliation Australia, Red Cross, Share the Dignity) $92,429
  • 2019: Bowel Cancer Australia, Brain Foundation, Bush Heritage Australia, Elizabeth Morgan House Aboriginal Women’s Service, Guide Dogs Victoria) $82,405
  • 2018: (Alannah & Madeline Foundation, Fred Hollows, Guide Dogs Victoria, Indigenous Literacy Foundation, Safe Steps) $73,475
  • 2016-2017: (Australian Wildlife Conservancy, CanTeen, UNHCR Australia, White Ribbon Foundation) $109,745


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

Get in Touch


If you would like to speak to a member of the research team you can email  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.