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 is analysed and uploaded as it becomes available.
Maintain the high rate of South Australians who believe cultural diversity is a positive influence in the community
The data source to measure progress against Target 5 is the Australian Bureau of Statistics General Social Survey (GSS). The GSS is conducted every four years with the most recent survey conducted in 2014. The data publicly available on the SASP website to measure progress against this target is the most up-to-date available.
The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) 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.
In 2010 a new question was included in the survey to measure community acceptance of people from diverse cultures, with 83.2% of South Australian respondents stating that they strongly agree or agree with the statement that ‘It is a good thing for a society to be made up of people from different cultures’. Of all respondents surveyed nationally, 80% indicated that they agree or strongly agree with the statement, with the Australian Capital Territory recording the highest proportion of positive responses (87%).
In 2014, 82.0% of South Australian respondents stating that they strongly agree or agree with the statement that ‘It is a good thing for a society to be made up of people from different cultures’
The cultural diversity target previously used the household survey, which has been discontinued. In 2008 (the baseline year), 87.7% of South Australians surveyed accepted cultural diversity as a positive influence in the community. This declined slightly to 85.9% in 2012.