South Australia's Strategic Plan is comprised of 100 targets. These targets are specific and measurable and enable us to measure our progress towards achieving the Plan's visions and goals.

Each target is reported on through this section of the website. Data has been updated as at December 2017.


23. Social participation:

Increase the proportion of South Australians participating in social, community and economic activities by 2020

No new data

Key Measure


Explanatory Comments

Progress in the achievement of this target was previously measured through the SASP Household Survey, which was last undertaken in 2012.

The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) General Social Survey (GSS) is a multidimensional social survey which provides information on a broad range of areas of concern for Australians. First undertaken in 2002, the survey helps to build a picture of the social characteristics of the population and allows for better understanding of the relationships between different aspects of life and how these affect people, including the exploration of multiple advantage and disadvantage. The survey is currently undertaken every four years.

The 2014 GSS collected information from 12,932 private dwellings across Australia, excluding those in very remote areas. In South Australia, 1,541 households responded to the survey. 52.9% of South Australians surveyed in 2014 had actively participated in one or more social groups during the last 12 months, 33.9% in community support groups and 11.2% in civic and political groups.

In 2014, 51.4% of all people surveyed had actively participated in one or more social groups during the last 12 months (62.5% in 2010), 32.9% in community support groups (34.9% in 2010) and 13.5% in civic and political groups (18.7% in 2010).

Lead Agency

Department for Communities and Social Inclusion