Values and civic behaviour in Australia: project report

24 May 2002

By Charne Flowers, 2002

This report draws together the findings from a background paper, in-depth interviews and focus group discussions.

The key themes are:

  • Are there diverse clusters of Australian values or a shared value set?
  • What is the relationship between personal values and values for society?
  • What policies are needed to respond to Australian values and aspirations?

What are the possible ways to communicate about values and encourage Australians to take action in and for their communities?

Download report (17 pages, PDF, 124 KB)

ISBN 1 876250 48 8


Values and civic behaviour: Executive summary (2 pages) (PDF, 3 KB)
Values and civic behaviour: In-depth interview report (131 pages, PDF, 856 KB)
Sixteen in-depth interviews were conducted with cross-section of Australians, exploring social concerns and aspirations for Australia, personal concerns and aspirations, and how social and personal aspirations relate to each other.


Values and civic behaviour: Focus group discussions report (36 pages, PDF, 272 KB)
Fourteen focus group discussions were conducted with people who had differing levels of involvement in their communities, focusing on barriers and incentives to being active in one's community and about social issues. Participants also talked about their concerns about Australia and reflected on priorities to create the Australia they desired.


Values and civic behaviour: Research method (21 pages, PDF, 176 KB)
This document contains the project brief and the briefs for the in-depth interviews and focus group discussions. It also includes the recruiting specifications and moderators' guides.

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