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Welcome to the website of the Gen17 survey. The survey closed on 19 May 2017. Updates and releases will be posted on this site.

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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, replicated the 2008 study, to measure the extent of change that has occurred within the Jewish population.The Gen17 survey was designed to collect information on individual experiences, needs and emerging issues and expectations. The survey explored 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.

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

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.

For further details, see our Frequently asked questions.

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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.

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?

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.


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.