This report presents the findings of the fifth Scanlon Foundation Mapping Social Cohesion national survey conducted in June–July 2012. A separate report covers the 2012 local surveys.


Although the Global Financial Crisis had a relatively minor impact on the Australian economy, at the time of the 2012 survey there was growing economic uncertainty in media discussion, in the context of the European sovereign debt crisis and the decline in growth of the Chinese economy. In 2012, 36% of respondents in the Scanlon Foundation survey identified economic issues as the main problem facing Australia today (up from 26% in 2011).

Mapping Social Cohesion National Report 2012

Mapping Social Cohesion Neighbourhoods Report 2012