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Challenging Racism Project


Provided by   Western Sydney University

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In 1998, a research Project team was initiated on the geography of racism in NSW. In 2001 a database on racist attitudes was collected for NSW and QLD, using a telephone survey, funded by an Australia Research Council (ARC) grant. The database was extended in 2006 with a reproduction of the survey funded by VicHealth. A second database funded by an additional ARC grant covers all of Australia's states and territories, except Tasmania and the results are available at the Challenging Racism Project website.

The work on racism in Australia was further encouraged by an ARC Linkage Grant awarded in May 2007 to A/Prof Kevin Dunn, Prof Loosemore and Dr Phua of the University of NSW. The four year project entitled Managing cultural diversity on Australian construction sites involved collaborating organisations such as Multiplex Construction, Mirvac Group and the Construction, Forestry, Mining, and Energy Union. In 2007 a further survey was conducted across SA and ACT, commissioned by the Equal Opportunity Commission (SA) and the Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission (ACT). An ARC Linkage grant, titled, 'Constructing regionally appropriate anti-racism strategies for Australia' followed and typologies for South Australia, New South Wales and Victoria were been generated. Regions were grouped using the entropy method for classification (except in the case of Victoria). Meanwhile, a further survey was conducted across the states of Western Australia, Tasmania and the Northern Territory. This survey was sponsored by the Department of Immigration and Citizenship.

A combined data set covering the whole nation is available at the Challenging Racism Project website. This website includes various data sets on racist attitudes, incidences and experiences. The research finding have appeared in numerous formats, including articles and conference papers in the hope of assisting in the formulation of anti-racism strategies. In 2011 members of the Challenging Racism Project and other researchers were awarded an ARC Linkage Grant for a project titled 'An exploration of the frequency, outcomes enablers and constraints of bystander anti-racism'. The project is a collaboration between the Australian Human Rights Commission, Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission, and the Victorian Health Promotion Foundation

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