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Continuous Survey of Australia's Migrants

The Department of Immigration and Citizenship undertook a survey of new Family and Skill stream migrants from 2009 to 2011. The surveys collected data on newly-arrived family and skilled migrants, and their experiences in the Australian labour market, issues regarding housing satisfaction and affordability, and their access to and use of community and government services.

Over this period there were nine separate surveys involving five different cohorts of migrants. For each cohort of migrants two surveys were conducted – a baseline survey and a follow-up survey six months later (except for cohort 5 for which only a baseline was conducted).

The information collected from these migrants has provided the department and other Commonwealth and State agencies with an evidence base to test whether current policy is meeting its objectives and to fine-tune policy parameters where necessary.

Information and results from the survey are available below. Further information including data and copies of the questionnaires used are available on request.

Information and results

Fact Sheet: The Continuous Survey of Australia's Migrants (254KB PDF file)
How new migrants fare: Analysis of the Continuous Survey of Australia's Migrants (235KB PDF file)
Additional results from the Continous Survey of Australia's Migrants ( 19KB PDF file)
The Continuous Survey of Australia's Migrants: Cohorts 1 to 5 Report (638KB PDF file)