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Last updated 2 August 2022

Australian Survey of Social Attitudes 2020

The Australian Survey of Social Attitudes (AuSSA) is a study conducted annually by the Australian Consortium for Social and Political Research Inc (ACSPRI) that considers the social attitudes and behaviours of Australian citizens. AuSSA is Australia’s official survey in the International Social Survey Program.  Participants are selected using a random sample from the Australian Electoral Roll, and are contacted by post.

The ALRC included seven questions in the 2020 AuSSA survey, to better understand trends in public confidence in the courts and the legal system, and contact with the courts. The 2020 survey was sent to 5000 randomly selected Australian citizens (272 ineligible), with a response rate of 25% (n=1162).

For description and analysis of responses and a summary of methodology see Chapter 5 and Appendix F of the Final Report.

 Documentation and data

During the course of the Inquiry the ALRC also published a preliminary analysis of responses to AuSSA 2020. This provided stakeholders with an initial snapshot of some of the key data from the survey as the research and analysis progressed.  However, for final figures and analysis please refer to the Final Report.