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Monash University Research

Mon 28 August, 2017

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Monash researchers survey social inclusion in Melbourne communities

What is it like to live in Banyule? Monash University School of Social Sciences is conducting a survey across 150 Melbourne suburbs to better understand views of everyday life in Melbourne communities.

The survey will be completed as part of the Australian Community Capacity Study, which is exploring variations in social life across Melbourne and Brisbane.

While the Social Inclusion in Melbourne Communities' survey has been mailed out to randomly selected residents, all Banyule residents are being invited to complete the survey online.

The project's chief investigator, Associate Professor Rebecca Wickes, said the survey would deliver an in-depth understanding of the factors that promote cohesive communities.

“We sincerely hope that those who receive the survey in their letter box will take time to complete it,” she said.

“Each resident’s response is a valued and meaningful contribution towards the development of good policy and practice in community relationships, which in turn can only benefit the local community. We want to learn from residents about issues that matter to them.”

The survey has a focus on social cohesion, which means researchers will be looking at things like relationships between fellow residents, interactions with neighbours and organisations, and the challenges and problems that might exist in some communities.

Findings from the survey will be used to improve the quality of social cohesion in Melbourne communities, which is a priority for Victoria and Australia more broadly.

Residents completing the survey have the opportunity to win one of ten $100 Coles/Myer gift vouchers.

If you haven't already completed the survey you can do it here.