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About AuSSA


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The Australian Survey of Social Attitudes (AuSSA) is a biennial survey which began in 2003. AuSSA was managed by the Australian Demographic and Social Research Institute (ADSRI) at the Australian National University until 2012. It is now managed by the Australian Consortium for Social and Political Research Incorporated (ACSPRI). Developed with the co-operation of social scientists around Australia, AUSSA provides authoritative data on the social attitudes and behaviour of Australians. The Survey is the official source of the International Social Survey Program’s data for Australia.

AuSSA provides the public, scholars, governments, and the media with data on subjects like work and education, government spending and taxes, families, crime, and Australia's place in the world. The core component of the Survey has about 130 questions. These core questions will help us track our social attitudes and activities over time. The rest of the survey consists of modules (including the ISSP module) that deal with specific topics. Some modules will be repeated.

AuSSA is a mail survey that gathers opinions from approximately 4,000 Australians aged 18 or above who are selected randomly from the AEC’s Electoral Roll.


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