2008 Australian Reconciliation Barometer

Executive Summary

The Australian Reconciliation Barometer is a national research study that looks at the relationship between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and other Australians, and how perceptions affect progress towards reconciliation. The Barometer was developed through a nation-wide series of discussion groups held in late 2007. 

The 2008 Barometer was the first time the study was undertaken, acting as a point of reference for subsequent reports. 

The structure of the Barometer recognises that attitudes and behaviour towards reconciliation will require changes to take place in four core areas:

  • Awareness: What do people know about the facts of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander life and history?
  • Attitudes: What are the opinions and beliefs that Indigenous and non-Indigenous people hold about each other and our relationship?
  • Perceptions: What are the cultural stereotypes and preconceptions the general public holds in relation to Indigenous people and vice versa?
  • Action: What are people prepared to do to bring about an improvement in the relationship between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians?

2008 Australian Reconciliation Barometer: The Quick Guide (PDF 745KB)

2008 Australian Reconciliation Barometer National Sample Results Cover

2008 Australian Reconciliation Barometer: National Sample Results (PDF 662KB)

2008 Australian Reconciliation Barometer Comparative Report Cover

2008 Australian Reconciliation Barometer: Comparative Report (PDF 386KB)

2008 Australian Reconciliation Barometer Indigenous Sample Cover

2008 Australian Reconciliation Barometer: Indigenous Sample Report (PDF 416KB)

Acknowledgement of Country

Reconciliation Australia acknowledges and pays respect to the past, present and future Traditional Custodians and Elders of this nation and the continuation of cultural, spiritual and educational practices of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples should be aware that this website contains images or names of people who have passed away.

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