Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians are being asked to have their say on reconciliation in the 2012 Australian Reconciliation Barometer.

The Australian Reconciliation Barometer is run every two years and examines the attitudes and perceptions affecting reconciliation and how Australians really feel about each other.

The 15 minute survey asks both First Australians and other Australians what they think about the relationship between the two groups and what barriers still exist.

“Reconciliation is not an easy or straight-forward process; and we’re looking for as many Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to share their thoughts,” Reconciliation Australia CEO Leah Armstrong said.

“This is a unique opportunity to represent the views of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians and have them heard—and of course all responses will remain confidential.”

Conducted by Auspoll, the complete ‘tell all’ Barometer report was first carried out in 2008 just after the Federal Government’s Apology to the Stolen Generations.

“We are committed to repeating this study every two years to measure progress we make as a nation over time,” Ms Armstrong said.

“The results from the first two studies showed us what Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and non-Indigenous Australians had in common and identified areas where we all need to work together to improve the relationship.

“We have used the results to guide Reconciliation Australia’s work and to influence politicians, media and the wider Australian community,” Ms Armstrong said.

The 2010 Barometer found that relationships between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and other Australians are improving but that there are still low levels of trust and high levels of prejudice. This third study will measure the progress we’ve made as a nation since then.

The survey can be accessed via www.reconciliation.org.au/barometer

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