Findings from the 2017 Speak Out Against Racism (SOAR) student and staff surveys

Findings from the 2017 Speak Out Against Racism (SOAR) student and staff surveys

27 August 2019

This report investigates the extent of racism and racist bullying experienced by children and young people.

This report has been published by the Australian National University (ANU).

The report presents findings from a survey of over 4,600 primary and secondary students from New South Wales and Victoria, as well as their teachers, on racism, bullying, bystander responses, health and wellbeing, the school climate and school connectedness.

The study found:

  • one-third of the students experienced racial discrimination from their peers, including students from Anglo-Celtic backgrounds
  • nearly one-third of the students experienced racial discrimination from wider society
  • students from non-Anglo-Celtic backgrounds were at least 2 times more likely to experience racial discrimination
  • nearly 20% of students from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander backgrounds experienced racial discrimination from their teachers.

Access the report via the ANU website.

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