The 2011 survey was conducted at a time of economic recovery, in the aftermath of the Global Financial Crisis whose impact in Australia was relatively minor. In June 2011 the rate of unemployment was 4.9%, one of the lowest in the industrialised world. This was also a time of declining population growth, with annual growth falling from a peak of 2.2% in 2008 to an estimated 1.5% in 2010.


In 2010 the SMI registered decline across all five indicators. In 2011 the broad pattern was one of stabilisation, but close to the relatively low level of the previous year; there was marginal upward movement in indicators of belonging, participation and social justice, little change in sense of worth, and decline in the indicator of acceptance and rejection.

Mapping Social Cohesion Summary Report 2011