Reconciliation Australia and Auspoll began collaboration on the Reconciliation Barometer research project in February 2007. The objective of the research was to develop a tool to measure the progress of reconciliation between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians. This 2012 edition is the third iteration of the Barometer, following the initial two studies in 2008 and 2010.
While improvements in Indigenous health, employment, housing and education are essential for the reconciliation process, equally important, and at the core of reconciliation, is the relationship between the first Australians and those who have come since.
If we are to improve the relationship and create an environment which provides equal life chances for all Australians we must first understand the underlying values and perceptions that shape this relationship and influence our society today.
The Australian Reconciliation Barometer delves into the heart of our nation to identify the attitudes Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians hold about each other, and about reconciliation in this country. It also attempts to shed some light on why we hold these attitudes.
This is the only study of this nature that has been undertaken, comparing the attitudes and values of Indigenous Australians and other Australians. It is a window into how we see ourselves today, and more importantly where we aspire to be as we begin the 21st century.
The inspiration for the Barometer came from South Africa, where the Institute of Justice and Reconciliation developed the ‘South African Reconciliation Barometer’. Initially it was conducted bi-annually in 2003 and 2004 and since then annually.
The 2012 edition of the Australian Reconciliation Barometer reveals where we are today and examines how our attitudes have changed in the last two years.
The information contained on this website has been sourced by the Australian Indigenous Psychology Education Project (AIPEP) and AIPEP 2. The first AIPEP was funded by the Australian Government Office of Teaching and Learning. AIPEP 2 is part of the Transforming Indigenous Mental Health and Wellbeing Project, funded by the Million Minds Mission Grant. The views expressed in this website do not necessarily reflect the views of the Australian Government Office of Teaching and Learning or the Million Minds Mission Grant.
Several of the images used throughout this website are credited to Chris Lewis