Life Chances is a unique longitudinal study that examines how family income, social class, ethnicity and gender affect the lives of individuals.

RPC’s ongoing Life Chances Study began in inner Melbourne in 1990 with 167 babies and their parents. Since then, stages of the study have focused on different issues, from services for young children to experiences of school and finding a job.

Stage 12 of the Life Chances study focuses on economic security and life chances as the participants approach 30. This stage is designed in two parts: a comprehensive online survey distributed to all participants, and in-depth interviews with a selection of participants.

The survey asks about work, financial circumstances, housing, and participants’ perceptions about elements of their overall health and wellbeing, their community and their social life. Many of the questions will mirror those asked in the HILDA Survey and used in the Social Exclusion Monitor . This will help us add a broader, national context to the rich, detailed information from the study group.

The interviews examined issues identified in the survey in more detail.

Funding has been received from government and charitable sources. The recent stages have received generous support from the Prue Myer Fund, the Bokhara Foundation, the Myer Foundation, the estate of SR Jope, the Hector Waldron Pride Charitable Trust managed by ANZ Trustees, the JM Harrison Charitable Trust and the Edith Kemp Memorial Trust Fund administered by Equity Trustees.

Contact Dina Bowman

View the previous stages of Life Chances study