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Welcome to the Gen17 survey. This site provides information about Gen17 and enables you to access the survey.

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Introduction

In 2008, Gen08, the first comprehensive national survey of Australia’s Jewish population was undertaken.The survey was completed by over 6,200 participants in Australia and New Zealand – a record for surveys undertaken in the Diaspora.

The Gen17 survey, launched in February 2017, will replicate the 2008 study, to measure the extent of change that has occurred within the Jewish population. It will make possible a full understanding of the current views and needs of Jewish Australians, enabling organisations to plan effectively and to target their resources to areas of greatest need and impact.

This is the opportunity for you to have your say and provide the evidence that is the vital ingredient for community planning – a once in a decade contribution of your time.

The Australian Centre for Jewish Civilisation at Monash University, in partnership with JCA, the Jewish Communal Appeal Sydney, is leading this Australia-wide project. Communities across Australia are co-operating on this second comprehensive national survey.

For further details, see our Frequently asked questions.

If you know someone who wishes to participate, but doesn’t have access to the internet, please email gen17@monash.edu or phone (03) 9903 5004 and we will endeavour to make arrangements to provide them with other means of access.

Sponsors

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Confidentiality

The Gen17 survey is anonymous: there are no records that link individuals with completed surveys. The survey is undertaken under terms approved by the Monash University Research Ethics Committee and reports produced from the survey will present statistical findings, with no reference to the responses of individuals.

What's in it for me?

The Gen17 survey is designed to collect information on individual experiences, needs and emerging issues and expectations.

The survey explores a broad range of attitudes and experiences, including: education, identity, Jewish continuity, ageing, affordability of Jewish life, anti-Semitism, immigration, disability, welfare, philanthropy, community governance and Israel.

The results of this survey will help provide vital information to enable informed decision making and better allocation of funds for service provision.

It will provide an informed understanding of change that is occurring in the outlook and priorities of Jewish Australians.

By participating, you help provide a snapshot of Jewish life at a year in time: 2017. It is vital for the success of this project that there is broad representation of Jewish Australians.

In addition to the series of reports that will be published, individual organisations can request tailored reports, to provide detailed data to assist their planning.

As an added bonus, all completed surveys have the chance to go in the draw to win one of three prizes – each a $400 shopping voucher.

Frequently asked questions

What is the point of the survey?

Is this survey like the census?

How often will I be asked to complete a survey like this?

Will the survey be used for fundraising?

Who should complete the survey?

How can I take part in the survey?

Can I complete the survey on my mobile phone?

What if I don't have access to the internet?

If I lose my password, can I contact the survey group to re-issue my password?

How long does it take to complete the survey?

Why are there so many questions?

Do I have to answer all of the questions?

When do I need to complete the survey?

Why can't I return to questions I have already completed?

Is the survey anonymous?

Who is providing funding for this project?

Is this just university research, or is there community involvement?

How will I be able to find out the results?

What if I have a complaint about the project?


What is the point of the survey?

The objective of the survey is to establish a better understanding of the views and needs of Jewish Australians, including:

  • the experience of Jewish (and non-Jewish) education
  • the constant and changing elements in Jewish identity
  • issues of greatest priority
  • services provided by communal organizations
  • Jewish leadership
  • challenges faced by Jewish youth and young parents, including the affordability of Jewish schools
  • future expectations.

The survey will measure the extent of change that has occurred since the previous national survey, Gen08, conducted in 2008.

It will provide information for better planning, funding and resourcing. It will help understand the specific challenges we face for the future. It is vital research for Jewish continuity.


Is this survey like the census?

No, this survey is quite different. The census collects demographic data (e.g. age, number of children, location of residence, income). This survey also collects some demographic data, to establish the background of respondents, but its main objective is to understand attitudes and experiences, the values and outlook of Jewish Australians.


How often will I be asked to complete a survey like this?

A detailed survey like Gen17 is completed every ten or so years. This is the second national survey in the history of Jewish Australia, following the Gen08 survey in 2008.


Will the survey be used for fundraising?

The survey has no specific fundraising purpose and the database will not be used for fundraising.


Who should complete the survey?

All persons who are aged 18 and over, and who consider themselves to be Jewish, are invited to complete the survey. It is vital for the success of this project that there is broad participation by Jewish Australians.


How can I take part in the survey?

If you have received a password and an invitation to complete the survey by post or email, please login to the survey using the password that was provided. If you haven’t received a password, please go to Send me a password.

If you know someone who wishes to participate, but doesn’t have access to the internet, please email gen17@monash.edu or phone (03) 9903 5004 and we will endeavour to make arrangements to provide them with other means of access. It is vital for the success of this project that a large number of Jewish Australians participate in the survey.


Can I complete the survey on my mobile phone?

It is not possible to complete the survey on a mobile phone – this is because the survey includes some large grid questions which cannot be displayed on the small screen of a mobile phone.


What if I don’t have access to the internet?

Internet is the preferred method to complete the survey and we encourage everyone to complete the survey online if possible. This will make it much easier and quicker to collate the responses, and it greatly reduces the cost of the project. If you do not have access to the internet or you know persons who do not have access, please email gen17@monash.edu or phone (03) 9903 5004 and we will endeavour to make arrangements to provide alternate means of access.


If I lose my password, can I contact the survey group to re-issue my password?

For reasons of confidentiality, there is no record of the password that you have been allocated, so it is not possible to re-issue your password. We can, however, issue a new password to enable you to complete a new questionnaire.


How long does it take to complete the survey?

The length of time taken to complete the survey varies with individuals. Some complete the survey more quickly than others. Further, the survey is designed in such a way that you only complete the questions that are relevant to you – for example, only immigrants who arrived since 1981 complete the immigrant section.

Most people can complete the survey within 30 to 50 minutes. It is a demanding survey, but please bear in mind that it is the first requested contribution of your time for a national Jewish survey since 2008.


Why are there so many questions?

This is a long survey because it serves many different purposes. It is like ten surveys in one – but it is much better than ten separate surveys, because it makes possible the understanding of the views of different groups (for example, young people, or immigrants from a specific country) not just on one topic, but on a broad range. It is designed to allow for depth of understanding.


Do I have to answer all of the questions?

Your involvement is entirely voluntary; you may chose not to answer questions by selecting either the 'Don’t know' or 'Decline to answer' category. We would, however, urge you to complete as many questions as possible to assist in the achievement of the project objectives.


When do I need to complete the survey?

You should complete the survey within one week of obtaining your password. It is envisaged, however, that the on-line version of the survey will be available for more than one month to ensure that no Jewish Australians are denied the opportunity to register for a password and access the survey.


Why can't I return to questions I have already completed? I might have made a mistake in one of my answers and wish to go back to correct it.

There are two important reasons why it is not possible to go back to completed questions:

  1. A number of 'skips' are built into the program, so that the sequence of questions that you see is determined by your previous answers (for example, if you indicate that you were born in Australia, you do not see questions directed to those born overseas). If you go back and change an answer, the survey programming is disrupted.
  2. As indicated by pre-testing, the survey is at the limit in terms of length of time to complete an on-line questionnaire. Length of time to complete would be considerably increased if people were to go back to review their answers (assuming that programming difficulties could be overcome).

Given that it is not possible to go back, please consider your responses very carefully.


Is the survey anonymous? Is it possible to identify individual respondents? Can my password be used to identify me?

The survey is entirely confidential and anonymous. Passwords do not connect to individuals or households. No records of the allocated passwords will be kept. This project is being conducted under the strict ethics and confidentiality procedures of Monash University.


Who is providing funding for this project?

Monash University is funding the work of the lead Victorian researcher, Professor Andrew Markus. Direct funding for the survey, for data analysis, and the preparation and distribution of reports is provided by the Jewish Communal Appeal (JCA) Sydney, Gandel Philanthropy, the Pratt Foundation, Jewish Care Victoria, the Besen Family Foundation, and The Cher Family Foundation.

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Is this just university research, or is there community involvement?

There is communal involvement in the project. The project is being conducted in partnership between Monash University and the Jewish Communal Appeal Sydney. There are two steering committees, comprising:

  • in Victoria, Professor Andrew Markus, Dr John Goldlust, Dr Miriam Munz, Dr Anita Frayman, Dr Ran Porat, Emmanuel Gruzman, and Adina Bankier-Karp
  • in NSW, Danny Goldberg OAM, Dr David Graham, Alain Hasson, Peter Philippsohn OAM, and Jillian Segal AM.


How will I be able to find out the results?

Findings will be released through the Australian Jewish News and other Jewish news providers, and reports will be published on the survey website. It will also be possible to request print copies of reports.

The reports that were prepared on the basis of the Gen08 survey are available on the Australian and New Zealand Jewish Population Study website.


What if I have a complaint about the project, or find the questionnaire to be distressing?

It is unlikely that completing the questionnaire will cause any distress, but should this occur, participants can contact Lifeline on 13 11 14 or go to the Lifeline website. Or please email gen17@monash.edu.

If you have a complaint concerning the manner in which this research is being conducted, please contact:

Human Ethics Officer
Monash University Human Research Ethics Committee
Monash University, Victoria 3800
Phone: +61 3 9905 1478
Email: muhrec@monash.edu.

The reference number for this project is 0506.

Gen08 research findings

Gen08 was the first comprehensive national survey of Australia’s Jewish population. The survey was completed by over 6,200 participants in Australia and New Zealand – a record for surveys undertaken in the Diaspora.

Gen08 formed a critical part of the Australian Jewish Population Study which was established in 2007 through a partnership between Monash University’s Australian Centre for Jewish Civilisation and Jewish Care Victoria.

The data sources for the project include the Australian Census, the Gen08 survey, focus groups, and consultation with organisational leaders.

Its objective was to further understanding of the demographic characteristics of the Jewish population and of constant and changing patterns within the Jewish communities of Australia, to provide the knowledge base to inform communal planning.

To find out more about this landmark study and to read through the publications, go to the Australian and New Zealand Jewish Population Study website.

For NSW and ACT residents ONLY

The Gen17 survey is a joint project of Monash University’s Australian Centre for Jewish Civilisation (ACJC) and JCA (formerly the Jewish Communal Appeal). NSW has received funding by JCA and the Education Heritage Foundation.

You will have received emails from JCA inviting you to participate in this survey. By clicking on the link in this email, you will be taken directly to the survey for completion. Please check your inbox now.

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If you cannot access this email or did not receive it, please email gen17@jca.org.au to have access to the survey.

The survey is conducted online. If you know of someone who wishes to participate, but doesn’t have access to the internet, please email gen17@jca.org.au or call (02) 9360 2344 and we will endeavour to make arrangements to provide them with other means of access.