The Australian Reconciliation Barometer (ARB) measures attitudes towards reconciliation, using the five dimensions of reconciliation—race relations, equality and equity, unity, institutional integrirty, and historical acceptance—to inform data collection and analysis.
The Barometer is the only survey undertaken in Australia that measures the progress of reconciliation between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and non-Indigenous Australians. It is a biennial, national research study, undertaken by Reconciliation Australia since 2008. It maps Australia’s progress towards the five dimensions of reconciliation.
The 2020 Australian Reconciliation Barometer shows that support for a reconciled nation is higher than ever with steady improvement across most measures. However, inequality and racism against Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples still stand in our way.
As we consider how to maintain the momentum towards meaningful national reconciliation, one thing is clear from the evidence: there is much more to do.
The 2020 ARB surveyed a national sample of 495 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and 1988 general community members, across all states and territories.
Both the general community sample and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander sample are weighted to be representative in terms of age group, gender and location (state and territory populations), as per Australian Bureau of Statistics 2016 Census data.
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