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reports

The Regional Wellbeing Survey team produce a wide range of reports that draw on data collected in our surveys. This page provides links to the reports our team have produced. You can find out how other people and organisations have used our survey data here. All reports are publicly accessible, as are some of our journal papers. If you wish to access one of our journal papers that is not available to download for free, and are having difficulty doing so, please contact us as regionalwellbeing@canberra.edu.au and we will assist you in accessing the article.

 

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2020

Thriving, Surviving or Declining Communities: socio-economic change in Murray-Darling Basin communities

The Regional Wellbeing Survey team were commissioned to draw on a range of sources to examine the extent to which different communities in the Murray-Darling Basin have been thriving, surviving or declining. The report was commissioned by the Panel for the Independent Assessment of Social and Economic Conditions in the Murray-Darling Basin.  CLICK TO VIEW

Understanding Participation In Water Trading By Irrigators In The Murray-Darling Basin

As part of the Murray-Darling Basin water markets inquiry, the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission commissioned the Regional Wellbeing Survey team to produce a report examining how irrigators participate in and experience water trade markets in the Murray-Darling Basin.

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Exploring The ‘Issue-Attention Cycle’: does length of time since wildfire predict social acceptability of prescribed burning? (journal paper published in Environmental Management)

In this paper, lead author Mel Mylek examines whether the level of attention being given to bushfires at a given point in time predicts the extent to which members of the public support the use of prescribed burning.

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Forest Industry Workforce — socio-economic wellbeing and community contributions

This report examines the wellbeing of workers employed in the forest industry in Australia, and contributions made by the industry’s workforce to the communities they live in.

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2019

Wellbeing, Resilience and Adaptive Capacity — A review of current knowledge of social conditions in the Murray-Darling Basin

The Regional Wellbeing Survey team were commissioned to draw on a range of sources to examine the extent to which different communities in the Murray-Darling Basin have been thriving, surviving or declining. The report was commissioned by the Panel for the Independent Assessment of Social and Economic Conditions in the Murray-Darling Basin.  CLICK TO VIEW

Farm Exit, Wellbeing and Autonomy: a quantitative analysis of exited farmers in Australia (journal paper published in Rural Society)

In this paper, lead author Dominic Peel and co-authors examine the wellbeing of people who have left farming, finding out whether their wellbeing is higher or lower than those who remain in farming. The paper specifically examines the role of ‘autonomy’ – broadly, having the ability to control what happens to you in life – in the wellbeing of those who have left farming.

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Drought and Distress In Southeastern Australia (journal paper published in EcoHealth)

In this journal paper, lead author Ivan Hanigan and co-authors examine which rural Australians experienced greater psychological distress associated with drought.

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Engaging With The National Carp Control Plan: summary of a stakeholder workshop

This report examines views of a range of stakeholders living and working in regions affected by invasion of European carp about proposed carp control methods.

Reports of the ‘Carp control: understanding community and stakeholder attitudes and assessing social effects’ project

These reports examine the potential socio-economic impacts on different groups of using a carp virus to reduce numbers of European carp in inland and estuary areas of Australia. The reports draw both on data from the Regional Wellbeing Survey and from other sources.

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NSW Forest Monitoring Project: stakeholder and public views about forest monitoring

This project examines views of the public and stakeholders about investing in a forest monitoring program. It does not draw directly on Regional Wellbeing Survey data, but does examine how important stakeholders find monitoring of topics related to how forests affect wellbeing and quality of life.

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2018

Supporting Drought Affected Farmers and Communities

This report examines key findings from the 2018 Regional Wellbeing Survey about how to support drought-affected farmers and communities.

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Graziers With Better Profitability, Biodiversity And Wellbeing

This report, led by Sue Ogilvy, examined whether farmers engaging in best practice approaches to regenerative farming have better than average profitability, biodiversity and wellbeing. The Regional Wellbeing Survey team contributed the wellbeing analysis, drawing on data from the survey.

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Environmental Conflict: Engaging With Scientific Information And Community Activism (Book Chapter In Land Use In Australia: Past, Present And Future)

This book chapter draws on data from the Regional Wellbeing Survey and other sources to examine the challenges of engaging constructively in discussion and debate about important environmental management issues, and the role of scientific data in doing so.

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Quantifying an Integral Ecology Framework: A case study of the Riverina, Australia (journal paper published in Earth’s Future)

In this journal paper, lead author Sarah Wheeler and co-authors examine the use of integral ecology, a philosophical framework seeking to address community, economic, social and environmental sustainability simultaneously.

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Mechanical Fuel Load Reduction Trials — social attitudes

This report, commissioned by the Australian Government, examines community and stakeholder views about the potential use of mechanical fuel load reduction to reduce bushfire risk. Multiple bushfire inquiries have recommended investigated of increased use of mechanical fuel load reduction, and this study examined whether and under what circumstances this would be considered acceptable. Data from the Regional Wellbeing Survey are used to examine community views.

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Getting The National Carp Control Plan Right: Ensuring the plan addresses community and stakeholder needs, interests and concerns

This report uses data from the Regional Wellbeing Survey and discussions with stakeholders to identify key social and economic considerations important to incorporate as part of the development of the National Carp Control Plan.

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Socio-Economic Impacts Of The Forest Industry In Australia — multiple reports

These reports examine the social and economic impacts of the forest industry in the multiple regions of Australia in which it operates. The reports draw on data from both the Regional Wellbeing Survey and other reports.

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2017

Wellbeing Indicators Across The Life Cycle

This report, commissioned by the Sax Institute, reviewed indicators of wellbeing that are relevant to different stages of people’s lives, from birth to death. It reviewed the extent to which commonly proposed wellbeing indicators meet criteria for useability based on their frequency of use in reputable frameworks, the evidence that they measure something important to wellbeing, and availability of data.

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Growing Resilience To Drought: Natural Resource Management As A Resilience Intervention — report for NRM regions

This report examines whether investing in natural resource management activities can confer resilience to drought for farmers, and under what circumstances.

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Regenerative Farming: Healthy Land, Healthy Profits, Healthy People — 6th Rural and Remote Health Scientific Symposium

This presentation examines whether farmers who use regenerative farming practices have better wellbeing compared to others.

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Water Reform: Socio-Economic Effects Of Investment In Water Infrastructure

This report, commissioned by the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources, examines how irrigators experienced specific aspects of key water reforms forming part of the Murray-Darling Basin Plan.

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Socio-Economic Effects Of Commonwealth Water Recovery In The Murray-Darling Basin: Insights from the Regional Wellbeing Survey (2013-2016)

This report, summarises findings of three reports commissioned by the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources between 2013 and 2015 that examined how irrigators experienced specific aspects of key water reforms forming part of the Murray-Darling Basin Plan.

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Assessing And Managing The Social Effects Of Water Reform In Agricultural Areas (book chapter)

This chapter examines how the social effects of water reform in agricultural areas can be assessed, using examples from the Regional Wellbeing Survey.

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2016

Carers In Regional Australia: the 2016 Regional Wellbeing Survey report

Carers do highly important work that often goes unrecognised, and very little is known about the experience of being a carer located in rural and regional parts of Australia. This report uses data from the Regional Wellbeing Survey to better understand the quality of life of carers across Australia.

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Riverina Local Land Services Natural Resource Management Activities: evaluation of socio-economic benefits and costs

This report examines whether farmers who participate in natural resource management activities report achieving a better quality of life as a result, and under what circumstances.

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NSW Rural Women’s Challenges And Ideas For Action

In this project, the Regional Wellbeing Survey team worked with the NSW Rural Women’s Network to develop a picture of key challenges experienced by NSW rural women and ideas for action.

Water Reform: Assessing effects of investment in water infrastructure and water entitlement purchase

This report, commissioned by the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources, examines how irrigators experienced specific aspects of key water reforms forming part of the Murray-Darling Basin Plan.

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Farm Exit Intention And Wellbeing: a study of Australian farmers (Journal of Rural Studies)

In this journal paper, Dominic Peel and co-authors examine whether planning to leave farming in the future is associated with lower wellbeing, and find that farmers who are thinking about leaving farming do often have poorer than typical wellbeing in the years immediately prior to exiting farming.

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2015

Wellbeing, Resilience And Liveability In Rural And Regional Australia

This report summarises the key findings of the 2015 Regional Wellbeing Survey, covering all our key topics from the wellbeing of individuals and communities, through to social connection, financial wellbeing, access to services and infrastructure, and views about leadership and governance.

Farming Challenges & Farmer Wellbeing: the 2015 Regional Wellbeing Survey - Farmer Report 1

This report summarises key challenges farmers reported experiencing in the 2015 Regional Wellbeing Survey.

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Wellbeing, Community Connections And Resilience Of Dairy Farmers

This report updates and expands on our 2014 report examining the wellbeing of dairy farmers in Australia, examining more about community connections and resilience of this group.

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Understanding The Resilience Of NSW Farmers

In 2015, the NSW Rural Resilience Program commissioned us to develop a method for measuring the resilience of farmers across NSW that could provide a basis for both longer-term monitoring, and shorter-term identification of specific issues. The report and powerpoint files provide key findings from the project.

Socio-Economic Outcomes Of Investment In On-Farm And Off-Farm Water Infrastructure Improvement: Regional Wellbeing Survey analysis

This report, commissioned by the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources, examines how irrigators experienced specific aspects of water reforms forming part of the Murray-Darling Basin Plan.

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Agriculture in the Riverina: Value, importance and impediments to increased competitiveness

This report, commissioned by the Rural Industries Research and Development Corporation, examined the value and importance of agriculture in the Riverina region of NSW. It draws on a number of data sources, of which the Regional Wellbeing Survey was one.

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Perceived Profitability And Well-Being In Australian Dryland Farmers And Irrigators (Australian Journal of Rural Health)

In this journal paper, Dominic Peel and co-authors examine the connection between how a farmer feels their farm is performing financially, and the wellbeing of the farmer.

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2013-14

People and Communities: the 2014 Regional Wellbeing Survey

This report summarises the key findings of the 2014 Regional Wellbeing Survey, and covers topics ranging from how socially connected people find their communities, to experience of financial stress, climatic variability, governance and leadership, and access to services and infrastructure.

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Farmers and Agriculture: the 2014 Regional Wellbeing Survey

This report explores the wellbeing of farmers across Australia, and seeks to better understand how changes and challenges on the farm affect the wellbeing of farmers.

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Dairy Farmer Wellbeing: the 2014 Regional Wellbeing Survey

This report examines the wellbeing of dairy farmers in Australia, testing how well we can examine the wellbeing of people employed in specific industries as part of our work.

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People and Place in Australia: the 2013 Regional Wellbeing Survey Summary Report

This report provides the results from our first ever Regional Wellbeing Survey, conducted in 2013. If you want to download higher resolution files, you can download the report in four parts below:

  • Front cover to page 35 (PDF, 3907.54 KB)
  • Page 36 to page 90 (PDF, 5647.74 KB)
  • Page 91 to page 143 (PDF, 6529.03 KB)
  • Page 144 to page 198 and Back cover (PDF, 5708.48 KB)

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