02 December 2019: Nearly one in four Australians have recently experienced a form of major discrimination, while religious and racial minorities and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples face the highest levels of prejudice, according to the nation’s first Inclusive Australia Social Inclusion Index (IASII).
The new report, conducted by researchers from BehaviourWorks Australia (BWA), part of the Monash Sustainable Development Institute (MSDI), is the first of its kind to measure social inclusion across Australia.
Director of BWA, Professor Liam Smith, who sits on the board of Inclusive Australia (IA), said until now there have been very few tools to holistically measure Australia’s progress towards social inclusion.
“Research exists on the specific issues faced by specific minority groups in Australia, however it only tells part of our social inclusion story. The IASII bridges this gap by measuring multiple issues and factors,” Professor Smith said.
“Social exclusion costs the Australian economy billions each year in lost productivity. This report aims to measure ingrained attitudes and behaviours towards people from different backgrounds, perspectives and circumstances,” he said. “Social inclusion is about allowing people to fully participate in the social and economic life of the nation.”
Read the statement and key findings here.